Training Camp - July 8
& 9, 2002
Skippers and crew drifted
into the Central Okanagan Sailing Association (COSA) facility on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday was the first day of training camp. The goal was to create a safe,
competitive, satisfying racing environment for all participants. Coaches Devin Rubadeau and Cindy Hardie, along with Canadian Yachting Association
representative Kathy Campbell, briefed skippers and crews about racing
regulations, trapseat sailing skills, local weather features, and practiced
racing starts. The camp had teams practicing in boats most of the time. Much of
these two days involved sailing buddies from around the word catching up on all
of the news, scandals and stories. The Strahles shared their legendary gin
martinis. Many competitors are now suspicious that the martinis are a secret
strategy to minimize the capacity of their competition.
On Monday, the training
camp started with traditionally calm waters. The wind continued to build until
the afternoon, it surpassed 20 knots. Only three teams were out on the water
including Antero and Marko (Finland), Jeff & Jared (USA) and John McRoberts
The others were stuck on shore watching. It took hours for the smile to subside
off of Jeff’s face that evening. “That wind was FUN”.
Team Finland Antero Karjalainen(skipper, left) and Marko Dahlberg enjoying the
strong winds during training camp
Submitted by D. Hamilton