Jet lag! Well I was truly suffering at the beginning of January, not because of the holiday season festivities which were quite some time ago but due to the severe jet lag caused by travelling from China to Miami (with stop offs in Helsinki, London and New York on route, so as to keep the cost down). I was so exhausted, not just with the physical tiredness, but mentally, and nothing to do with old age as several of my peers have recently admitted to putting a credit card in the fridge or finding themselves half way up the stairs and too tired to remember if they were on their way up or down! In an effort to kill the jet lag I finally went for a run after 3 days but even then, I managed to get lost in Miami, the place with the most local street names ever. Coming back after having been away for over twice as long as expected I found a very worried Tuula who had been googling how to contact people regards a missing person!
Well, why such poor preparation for a regatta…. The truth is Fort Lauderdale was hosting the US Nationals and we decided that this would be the perfect warm up (training regatta) for the World Cup in Miami. It was close enough to have the same accommodation for both events and gave us the opportunity to get in some much needed racing, having not raced since September/October in Japan.
Actually, I quite enjoyed the logistics: while the boats went by road from the container in Miami and back to the US Sailing Center, the RIBs went by water. Alberte Dahlbery very kindly drove my RIB up to Fort Lauderdale and then we both drove back in convey after the regatta – full speed! We even beat those who went by road and I had time for a cup of coffee and something to eat at the nearby Starbucks whilst waiting for the Radial girls.
Whilst not all the Sailors were there: we had Paige Railey, Sarah Douglas, Erika Reineke, Hannah Snellgrove, Josefin Olsson and Mari Erdi to mention a few. So, there was definitely a high-quality fleet and difficult conditions as you can probably tell from the results… all of which lead to continued improvement. Tuula Tenkanen made a top 5 finish despite 3 results out of the top 10, showing just what a high scoring regatta it was. The results may be found:
For me this was a timely reminder of how important good preparation is, and even sitting in a coach boat you really need the focus. Hopefully my next blog will make more sense when I have adjusted correctly to the time zone. Fortunately, we have many days before the Miami World Cup!
Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass roots to Olympic Gold.