Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Montreal High Performance Camp 2009
The next Olympic quadrennium is on it's way and Olympic hopefuls are now forming teams and starting campaigns for 2012 London. The skiff scene in Canada is stronger then ever with a boat returning from the Olympics (Ben Remocker & Gordon Cook) and placing in the top 15 at the last World Championship. Also 6 boats were at the Miami OCR to compete for a 2009 Canadian Sailing Team spot.
Stepping into a Olympic skiff may be intimidating at first as the information is a little bit harder to find then in the youth classes like the 29er and the fleet is a lot stronger. That is why if you are interested in stepping up to the plate and sailing the real thing, some high level coaching may be a faster way (or you can go swimming on your own) to bring you up to speed in the 49er.
For 5 years now, the Montreal High Performance Camp (MHPC: http://www.montrealhighperformancecamp.com) as been a source of excellence for 29er sailors. This year for the first time it will be opening up to 49ers. I personally think it is a one time opportunity for all the new teams to learn first hand from top coaches/sailors. Gordon Cook will be coaching with me.
Other resources, like team locations, training and regattas, can be found at http://www.49er.ca . This is a new site made for the Canadian fleet. If you are not listed on this please use the link to contact me and I will list your team.
Don't hesitate to contact me, or other 49er teams. Welcome to the Formula1 of the Olympics.
See you on the water!