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2013 Sailing World Cup Hyères

Dear Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation,

After completing Sailing World Cup Palma, I returned to my hometown, Long Beach, California to coach the I420 sailors at the CISA Clinic. CISA has been a tremendous supporter of youth sailing for many years and I was happy to have been able to return as a coach at the clinic that had been instrumental in my formative sailing years. Shortly thereafter, I traveled to Hyères, France for the third ISAF World Cup Regatta of 2013. It was a tight squeeze to fit it all in, but well worth it! I arrived in Hyères the afternoon before the first day of racing, but thankfully Sarah and our good friend and talented laser radial sailor, Isabella Bertold, had gotten the boat rigged and ready to race.

Sailing World Cup Hyères was the second regatta Sarah and I teamed up for and we planned to build upon the many lessons we learned at the previous regatta in Palma. We experienced quite a few days of strong winds in Palma, so when it came to racing in the breeze in Hyères, Sarah and I felt fairly confident. This newfound confidence in the 470 in breeze translated into two bullets throughout the week of racing. It was exciting to see progress in that area of our sailing and to be able to put together a couple of good races from start to finish was exciting. We also sailed quite a few light air races in steep and short chop. These conditions proved to be more difficult for our team and required a lot of focus. I think a lot of the issues we faced in the light and choppy conditions were rooted in a difficulty maintaining speed both upwind and downwind. In these conditions it is very important to have good speed and height, allowing you to hold lanes longer, because tacks and jibes are very costly.

Unfortunately, we had one to many tough race results in the light air to qualify for the medal race, missing qualification by just 8 points. Although it was disappointing to not have the opportunity to compete in the medal race, results are not the primary focus at this point in the campaign. This regatta was yet another great learning experience and there are many positives to take away form this regatta! I was especially excited to have gained more experience in strong breeze.

Thank you so much for your continued support of my Olympic efforts and allowing me the opportunity to compete against some of the top international competitors in the 470 class!

Thank you,

Sydney