After a great holiday break and a happy New Year celebration, Team Barrows Henken Racing is back with the U.S. Skiff Squad in Miami, Florida! We are continuing our winter training block while also beginning to prepare for our upcoming European Spring Racing Season!
During the next 5 weeks, we are going to be training, racing!, and preparing! in Biscayne Bay, as this will be our last domestic training block before we, hopefully, are able to travel to Europe to begin a large, 75 day!, International Racing Block and race 3 major events at 3 different venues!
Why Train in Miami?
- US Sailing in partnership with the Olympic Development Team has created a new series of events called The West Marine US Open Sailing Series, which begins with Miami OCR from Jan. 20th – 24th!
- As well, the Skiff Generation Winter Series sponsored by 2Niner continues to hold epic events with one coming up this weekend from Jan. 16th – 18th!
- Both of these events give us a great opportunity to race domestically and help build and foster the US Skiff Fleet!
Why send it to Europe for 75 days?!
- After 9 months of training and racing domestically with the US Skiff Squad, we will be looking to see how we hold up and compare to the International fleet!
- We will be racing three major events back to back to back: Princess Sofia Regatta, in Palma, Spain, Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, in Hyeres, France, and the 2021 49er European Championships, in Thessaloniki, Greece!
- All three events are incredibly important to the development of our team in preparation for the 2021 49er World Championships at the end of the year.
Here are the things we are looking to work on while in Miami:
- Focus on racing communication both around the race course and during the pre-start
- Working to being decisive in our decision making and trusting our instincts with what we see and feel
- Finding the balance between being on the attack and being on the defense when making judgment calls
- Stability and balance in tacks and gybes: control the exit out of maneuvers with smooth footwork and steering, be precise and deliberate with our actions.
- Continue to hone in on our light air tuning and techniques
- Settling time and driving out of accelerations: minimizing the time it takes to get up to full speed and focusing on locking in quickly
- Leeward mark Roundings: working on gybe drops and quick audible comms to maximize the speed out of the boat when we are not in desirable situations
- We are looking to raise $20,000 for our Spring European Racing Block in the next two months! which includes:
- Housing: $7500
- Travel: $4000 (Flights and Ferries)
- Food: $2200
- Transportation: $1800 (Car and Boat)
- 3 Event Entry Fees: $1500
- Equipment: $3000
- Please feel free to reach out to us at, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to join our team and are able to help! Any and all donations to our team are tax – deductible through our account with the Sailing Foundation of New York! We would both truly appreciate it!
Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the help of so many different organizations and people. We would like to give a big thank you to the United States Sailing Center in Miami and their members and staff for all the generosity in allowing our squad to come train out of their facility, and to the US Sailing Team for providing all of the specific help and support, which will allow us to continue to train this winter!
We can’t wait to get sailing over the next couple weeks and continue to put in the hours on the water! Stay tune for more updates and photos! throughout the next couple weeks both on facebook, @barrowshenkenracing, and on instagram, @hanshenken, #49erUSSkiffSquad and @us49ersquad.