2012 Canadian Nationals – 1st place overall

 

Squamish provides again! Three days, 16 races, and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t get much better than racing right up to giant rock walls with snowy peaks all around.

I started off really well at this one, with straight bullets on Saturday. The first race was especially fun because Bernie and I port-tacked the fleet and were just gone after that. I really enjoy racing at Squamish, it’s a lot like San Francisco–geographical tactics, strong current gradients, windy…and frigid water. The biggest difference is the flatter water, which really makes it high speed racing.

Over the next couple days Bernie and Adam picked up the pace and we had some really fun battles, literally all finishing overlapped in a couple of them. I held it all together and ended up only holding onto a single 2 after throwouts–pretty solid with that many races!

Congrats to Bernie and Adam for a great regatta, and to Stefano Rista for winning his first Canadian National Championships. I can’t forget aboutĀ Erika, who killed the womens fleet and placed an impressive 10th overall!

Huge thanks to the Squamish Windsport Society for running a great event, and to the local crew for taking us in. aaah yes…and Pacific Pilsner…the reason we all come back…see you next year…

Final Results