We decided last minute to head down to Miami when it was announced that the 49er would be added to the Pan Am Games. We started discussing a week before and everything got confirmed on web and Alex got told we was excused from his midterm and Labs by his Professor on Thursday. Alex arrived in Miami on Friday evening after rushing from Victoria to Vancouver to pick up sails and getting on a 6am flight. Justin arrived back in Miami on the Saturday afternoon. Sunday we had to weight the boat and complete measurement and registration. On Monday we finally made it on the water, after borrowing some shrouds for our charter boat, for our first sail together in 8 months. We had both sailed 49er with other people during that time, Alex had sailed with Ed Coleman in the summer and in the North Americans in San Francisco in September.
We started the event strong with a 20th place in the first race which was our best result on the first day. Day 2 we saw only one race and day 3 we had 4 tricky races where we took top Canadian position, as the wind started to build we managed a 14th in the 3rd race and were having a good first beat in the 4th race when the bolt that attached the shrouds to the deck on the port side sheared off and our mast fell down and ripped the mast step out. After making sure we didn’t damage the boat any we secured the mast by tying the bottom of the mast to the mast track and the trapeze to the back of the wing as a makeshift shroud we towed the boat in.
On the way in we called Trevor Parekh the 49er dealer for north America to send us a new mast step for the next day went straight from the boat show Montreal and shipped us parts overnight. Unfortunately the parts did not arrive due to a mix up by FedEx so he had to use the old mast step, we managed to get the boat put back together in one piece with some new bolts for the shrouds and on the water for the last two races on day 4. We weren’t very fast in the last two races but we had a 26 point gap so we managed to hold on to the top Canadian Spot.
After a quick turn around Alex is back at UVic for school and Justin is at the UN for an Internship.
Right now we are putting together a training plan with Sail Canada to lead up to the Pan Am Games. Once we have a training plan set we will need to fund raise so we can put our training plan into action.
We will try and keep you updated as things progress.