North American Champion!

What a great week here in San Francisco for the North American Championships. This was the best fleet I’ve sailed against since the Worlds last year and man, everyone has stepped their game up!

2013 North American Championships

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Robbie Dean at the St. Francis came up with a great new format for this event that culminated with exciting racing between the top 10 but didn’t completely throw out scores from the prior days (we’ve been struggling with winner take all formats at major events). This proved to work really well. The “Platinum Fleet,” as it was called, raced four races on a slightly shorter course on the final day. This meant a solid performance was essential to making the podium, but since we carried in all our Gold fleet points a consistent performance throughout the event was still rewarded.

I’m really happy with how I sailed. I went into the last day with a slight lead and pulled off straight bullets in Platinum to solidify the win. Bernie and Rikky had a really tight battle for second and in the end Bernie pulled it off. Erika also sailed a great event and was the standout women finishing top 30 overall. Congrats!

Check out the video below if you want to get a glimpse of what it was like. I love the tacks right under the Race Deck at StFYC.

Friday Day 4 2013 Kiteboard North American Course Racing Championship Finals from james donaldson on Vimeo.