European Championships 2022

I recently completed the 2022 Europeans which were held in Nafpaktos, Western Greece. I arrived a week early and got some awesome days on the water to check my gear and get accustomed to the venue. Conditions throughout training were not “classic” for the venue but were great for trianing anyway.

The regatta had nearly 150 riders with full quota of 90 male athletes. I was the only male Canadian racing at the event due to limitations on entry for non-euro countries.

I had a pretty good first day with a top finish of 11th in a race. Due to some decent results in qualifying I was able to make silver fleet. We sailed on mainly 15m kites in what I would consider medium to strong wind and pretty flat water.

At the end of the week I ended the regatta in 43rd which was an improvement over my results last year in Montpellier.

I’m happy with the week and had a great time in Greece both on and off the water.

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CORK Canadian Championships

1st Place CORK 2022

This past weekend was the CORK regatta which was also the 2022 Sail Canada Senior National Championships.

Unfortunately, the wind did not cooporate on 2 of the 4 days of racing but we did manage to get some great racing off. On day two we had 7 races. I started off strong with a bullet in the first race and stayed in the top 3 in the remaining races of the day. I ended day 2 in first place by a narrow margin.

Day 4 brought six more races in some very challenging conditions. The wind was straight south and blowing 14-18 knots on average. The were some big storm cells passing over Kingston that day and the wind was shifting pretty drastically.

Eventhough the conditions were tricky, I feel like it was a good opportunity to train for the upcoming World Championships which will have similar conditions.

Most of us had some mishaps throughout the day. Due to an equipment failure, I retired from race nine.

In the end I was able to stay consistent enough to take the overall regatta win.

Congrats to Mike and Matt who placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Next up is the European Championships in Greece, followed by the Worlds in Italy.

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FORK Regatta 2022

I am really excited to announce that I won the 6th FORK Regatta, held here in Kingston, Ontario.

FORK is a regatta that my friends and I started 6 years ago as the first Canadian Kite Foil competition and has been hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club ever since. It has been a successful event drawing both American and Canadian competitors year after year.

This year, FORK was a ranked World Sailing event worth 50 points.

We had some amazing training with perfect conditions leading up to the event. Our coach, Dan Cunningham and a guest coach put on a solid clinic where I logged nearly 4 hours on the water each day. This was some of the most productive training I’ve ever had.

During the event I won 10 of 11 races completed. Racing mostly happened in 8-12 knots and on 21m kites.

I had 2 pretty exciting Port-tack starts on Saturday where I crossed the fleet clear ahead.

Overall, the skill level of the entire fleet has come up since FORK last year.

I will be training for the rest of the summer in Kingston leading up to our Worlds Qualifier which is the CORK Regatta at the end of August.

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2022 Italian Championships

After Traunsee, Kai and I drove to Lake Garda, Italy for some more training and the Formula Kite Italian Championships held in Campione. Sailing in Garda has been a dream of mine for a really long time and I was stoked to finally make it here.

The fleet for this event was almost equally as stacked as Traunsee with most of the top riders in the world participating again.

We had some great early morning sessions and made it on the water for 8am to catch the strong north wind before it dies and the thermal south wind comes in.

The regatta started on Friday with 2 days of qualifying series and 1 day of Gold and Silver fleet racing. Day 1 was pretty breezy and and we finally got to use some smaller kites. I had some rough starts on day one but my results were decent.

Day 2 was back in light wind conditions and I had 2 good races and 1 bad race.

Fortunately the good races outweighed the bad race and I qualified for Gold Fleet!

This was a big accomplishment for me and my first time making Gold Fleet.

During gold fleet racing I became a bit more comfortable on the start line and was able to hold out with the fleet a bit longer on the upwind. I was one of few to finish every race this event and I think this is due to all the light wind training I’ve had lately.

I finished 29/58 overall in the event and was really happy with most of my results. I had a 20th in Gold fleet, probably my best result ever in such a strong fleet.

I’ll be heading back to Canada to train hard and get ready for some events at home and keep working towards the biggest events of the year for me, The European Championships (Greece) and The Worlds (Sardinia, Italy) in the fall.

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Kite Foil World Series Austria

This past week I spent some time in Ebensee, Austria, sailing on the beautiful lake Traunsee. This event was an invitational regatta with a small entry list. I was really lucky to get a spot after the first round of invitations went out to the top riders in the world.

Myself and a training partner, Kai from the United States arrived with 5 days to spare for training before the event. The venue is an freshwater lake flanked with tall mountains with a grass launch at the south end of the lake. Usual conditions are light winds with less than 12 knots onshore and very flat water.

We had a few really nice days on the water before the event with 21m (big kite) conditions and plenty of other riders on the lake. The event had some really good sponsors and we were treated exceptionally well. The event provided dinner for all the riders every night and on Friday we were taken on a special boat cruise dinner around the lake.

During the scheduled race days there was minimal wind but the Race Committee was determined to get a few races off. We got sent out on the water many times and sailed the first leg of the race before the race would be abandoned for lack of wind. This tested our light wind skills for sure.

Although the wind was light the committee was able to get 4 races off this event. I unfortunately got in a tangle in race 2 and my foil cut my hand open which caused me to go to the hospital and get 6 stitches. I subsequently missed the the remaining races. This was pretty disappointing by I did have a great time in Austria. I made new friends and learned a lot from the best kite racers in the world.

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Toronto Icebreakers Regatta

The longstanding Icebreakers Regatta hosted the Kiteboarding fleet this year for the first time. This was the first kite race event ever held in Toronto. I sailed well and am happy to report I won the event. I placed first in 5 of 8 races and was the only person to complete every race due to tricky light wind conditions. This was the first time I had raced against all the other Canadians in many months and it was great to see where I stack up.

Icebreakers Results Here

Despite the cool weather for this May long weekend event, we had racing on both days. The event started with super light wind where we sailed our biggest kites. Then a huge storm blew through and luckily the race committee sent us ashore for safety. After the storm the wind remained up and had some good racing on smaller kites. Day 2 was tricky off-shore wind conditions but we prevailed and were able to race.

It was a great event and I was excited to discuss future events with the volunteers from Ash Bridges Bay Yacht Club and Etobicoke Yacht Club. We will likely return for 2 events in 2023 held in Toronto. It is great to see the racing scene expanding in Canada.

Next up is a training block in Montreal followed by 2 big events in Europe in June.

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Canadian Sailing Development Team

It’s with great excitement that I share the news that I made the Canadian Sailing Development Squad. This is one step closer to the Senior National team and government support. This year I have some big goals including gains in fitness, nutrition, and ultimately performance at the 2022 Europeans and World Championships.

I am excited to work with Sail Canada and the coaches I now have access to.

Fired up for the 2022/23 season!

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Hydrofoil Grand Prix Mexico

So happy to make it back to La Ventana after 2 years of travel restrictions. I absolutely love this place and the conditions are always favorable. This year there were quite a few international riders in La Ventana for training including some from the UK, Austria, France, USA, Israel, and others.

I spent two weeks there and nearly every day had perfect conditions for kite foiling.

The training culminated with a 5 day regatta called the Hydrofoil Grand Prix. This was its inaugural year and was a total success with over 20 races completed. We had one day which was cancelled due to TOO MUCH WIND. That is a rare occurrence in kiteboarding.

I took what I learned in Florida and put it to work in Mexico. I had some very good starts and pushed the speed up wind. Some of my results were pretty decent including a 2nd place in one race. I did get myself into a couple of unfortunate scenarios including one tangle which retracted from my overall results. However, I am really happy with the event and what I have learned this winter so far.

Full Results Here

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Clearwater US Open Sailing Series

Just finished up a really productive and fun training block with the US Sailing Team in Florida.

It started out with a few days of training before a small regatta in St. Petersburg. This regatta was by far the coldest event I have ever sailed with air temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius in the morning. The US team and their coach were kind enough to include me in their training plan for a couple of weeks.

During training we worked on our speed modes upwind and down wind as well some close quarters start line set up. Training with the best riders in the USA was time well spent.

At the end of the training block we had the US Open Sailing Series in Clearwater. This was a Formula Kite ranked event and a good opportunity to compete at the potential venue for the 2023 World Championships.

We had all types of conditions including gusty offshore, heavy wind, and light wind. I was happy with many of my races considering I took some time off between this event and worlds last october.

Results:

2022 Clearwater US Open

Next up is Mexico for a good training block and the Hydrofoil Grand Prix which will have some high level international competition.

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Worlds Recap-Torregrande (Sardinia) Italy

I recently travelled to Italy with my teammates Mike and Martyna accompanied by our coach from Sail Canada, Dan Cunningham. We arrived with 9 days scheduled for training and preparation before the racing began.

The conditions were varied during training with light, medium and heavy wind in mostly flat water sea state. Sailors from other nations were there early for training as well. Each day we spent some time training independently and then some time doing practice races put on by the coaches. Each day the fleet got bigger and at one point there were up to 50 riders on the start line. We made some new friends and practiced the course we would be racing during the event.

Our first day of racing was scheduled for October 13th but due to the sea breeze coming in late, the men’s fleets did not get any racing off.

Day 2 we had tricky conditions with the wind coming from off the shore which is atypical for kite racing. This made for a difficult launch where I ended up tangling my 15m kite which would have been the right kite that day. I switched to my 11m kite in order to make it to the start line in time. Results were pretty rough this day with a UFD (disqualified for being over the start line early) to start. Followed by not finishing a race in the time limit. I was feeling pretty discouraged at the end of the day but did have a few moments of success throughout the day. My up-wind sailing was strong but I would get passed on the reach and down wind due to being underpowered.

Day 3 I was able to make some gains up on the leaderboard through having decent starts and pushing hard on the reach leg and down winds. It was a pretty windy day but the 15m was the correct kite and felt fast this day.

Day 4 I was placed in Bronze fleet due to my results leading up to this day. I had 3 pretty solid races with one 3rd place finish. I was riding my 21m kite in very high wind conditions but it ended up being reasonably controllable. The starts were more manageable with the bronze fleet and I was able to get in front of the majority of the fleet early.

Day 5: Medal Racing and Pack Up.

Overall impression:

I am reasonably happy with my results at World’s; however I would have liked to perform at a level closer to my results at Europeans. I left this event feeling more motivated than ever to improve and can’t wait to compete again later this winter.

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