2017 Winter Events Erika reineke

As the new Olympic quadrennial begins to ramp back up, the US Sailing Team is already setting its sights on the 2020 Games in Tokyo. In the first week of the new year, a multi-class training camp was held in Miami where athletes gained knowledge about the medal winning process under the direction of our new director, Malcolm Page. The camp consisted of group and class-specific meetings, long days of training on the water, and morning work-outs. This year, more camps have been scheduled so athletes can really hone in on the necessary skills to win medals early on in the quadrennial. I couldn't be more thrilled with the direction that the US Sailing Team is headed.

After the camp, I was able to identify some areas where I could improve. Fortunately, while New England was being covered in snow, Florida received a cold front bringing in some nice breeze. In the following days, US Coach Luther Carpenter was able to work with me on sail trim and boat speed in windy conditions on Biscayne Bay with my training partner Scott Rasmussen. During these cold, windy days on the bay, I made sure to gear up and stay warm in between drills by wearing Zhik's micofleece skiff suit, titanium top, and rash guard. The gear helped me to maximize every second of training because I was never thinking about how uncomfortable the cold is.

Taking the skills I had learned at the camp and with Luther, I wanted to use the Lauderdale Olympic Class Regatta to really engrave them into my mind. After three days of breezy conditions and hard work, I was lucky enough to win the event. It was a great feeling to be able to perfect areas that have been so challenging a week before. With Miami World Cup on the horizon, I am looking to see if I have truly mastered the skills from the previous week; the results that will come with stare just the aftermath of the long process. More importantly, I am excited to do what I love and sail on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay.


Catherine Towner, Marketing/Sponsorships, 508.778.9187

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