June 28, 2010
It is always a challenge to keep your sailing calendar full to ensure that you have what you need financially. Just 2 months ago, the month of June was looking fairly slow. After a few fortunate emails and phone calls, June turned into a month where I was very busy and I now will be relishing a brief 10 days at home before a very busy July, August and September arrive. Other than being away, the only other bummer is that the sailing I enjoy most, E Scow sailing, has taken the biggest hit. Luckily I have patient teammates in Chrisy Hughes and Tony Jewett, and we are still planning on hitting both the major events later this summer.
Following what will be a great 4th of July on Lake Minnetonka, the ILYA E Scow Invitational will take place out of MYC with over 40 boats and top E Scow talent in attendance. The Invitational event always serves as a good warm up for the ILYA Champs and E National Champs and a barometer for how you stack up with the best competition from other lakes. The M-42 team will be hitting the water for a few practice sessions since our season has been cut short with schedules and boat maintenance. While I wish I could could give my best effort for this event, I will only be able to do so on Friday July 9th, since on the 10th I will be heading back to Italy for more Melges 32 racing with John Kilroy Jr and the Samba Pa Ti 32 program, and the very capable John Dennis will be filling in on the tillers of the 42 E boat.
This will be the 4th and final stop in the 2010 Audi Sailing Series, and I am personally very excited to see legendary Lake Garda first hand. As we get closer to the 32 Worlds in September, you can start to feel the intensity ramping up with each event. The upcoming regattas, especially the Nationals in Harbor Springs at the end of July will be a serious grudge match with 25 teams in attendance and 15 of them capable of winning at any time.
Of course, another 32 regatta means another weigh-in. These really are the worst parts of the events, especially when you are in a great food and drink country like Italy and have to keep away from everything other than salad and water for the first 5 days of the trip. The beer and brats have been hard to stay away from this summer… I was 199 this morning and with a weigh in weight of 190 on the 13th of July, I will be having a lot of egg whites and protein over the next week and a half.
Until then, there are a few opti and E Scow coaching sessions, as well as some good family time and even a Twins game. Standing by in Lake Minnetonka, MN.
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