Sailing World Cup Miami Day 5/ Medal Race

Well an interesting turn of events for Team HP yesterday. Annie dislocated her knee cap during the second race on the final run, and essentially popped it back into place when she realized what happened.  It was breeze on and we were hoping to improve on what we were working on this week. We had some awesome starts, but tactically we’re missing some big picture stuff that hurt us a little bit. On a positive note, our downwinds have improved a ton and we were really psyched about that. Going into the medal race today, we were just waiting to see what the doctors thought about the possibility of Annie sailing. We were keeping an open mind, but knew that the only reason we would attempt to race would be to secure our fifth place finish.  That essentially guarantees us a financial bonus from the Olympic Committee and a top five finish for the A level funding bracket.  With the doctor’s input, we decided against sailing and just hoped the Chinese girls behind us got third or worse. We watched the racing and luckily even though we weren’t able to defend our position on the race course, the stars aligned and the girls we needed to beat were in last.  We finished the regatta in fifth, and although it is not the finish we were looking for, there were a lot of good lessons learned. It is always easy to put things in retrospect, however now we know what we need to work on and have a clear focus for our training leading up to the European circuit. Depending on how Annie’s knee heels, we are leaving the next month extremely open for our training. We want to make sure she heels properly so that we can have a strong season in Europe. We are pleased to announce that we made the US Sailing Team Sperry Top Sider as the top American 470 women’s team. This is the beginning of a long four year journey and we plan to keep the same approach with our training to be efficient and use each day to get a little bit closer to achieving our goal… a gold in Rio.

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