We’re here again at the start of the season and the team has a very different look to it than last year. Jasey is gone spending time with his kids and running his blueberry farm, Matt is temporarily missing flying choppers and theres that small fact the there are no Olympics this year. At the first world cup of the year I will be the only Canadian male entered. SOO here we go Sylvain, Carl, Luka an unknown physiotherapist and I are getting ready to stick it to them Oct 10th in the Netherlands (see link). Its also different in my head. I’ve spent the last 5 years going after 2 goals. Win a World Cup and go to the Olympics. Although I love snowboarding more than ever and I cant wait for the upcoming season part of me wonders.
When your dreams come true are you supposed to find new ones?
Summer is over, done, dead, finished, dummied murdered, washed up, a rare form of dummination if you will and if one thing is for sure, it was, without a doubt, the best summer of all time. I found out I cant take my younger brother out to bars without him getting in fights with people, that I have a secret dream of being a professional sailor and that LA is the craziest city of all time.
We’re in the deep south now, NZ to be exact. Every where you turn you see sheep.. apparently there are 30 times as many sheep as there are people here. Now this could be a total lie, but its whats Fawcett said and having blind faith in your coach is something I subscribe to. The only thing thats starting to get under my skin here is the use of “mate” I would rather sit outside naked and be eaten alive my mosquitos than listen to some bra say mate in my face. I’ll keep my mouth shut for now and enjoy the fresh powder and amazing scenery.
Good Luck to Thunderstruck competing in CORK this week. Sail hard boys.
CORK - One of the Largest regattas in North America involving all types of boats from all classes. A generally serious throw, down/double, 50/50 slam of competition, sailing and keggers. An old friend Geoff Matthews and I were itching to enter a 29er into the event. We used to race together and felt that we could go and give some people a run for their money. We decided to take the plunge and started training in the boat every day in Toronto. Rusty is a very good way to describe how we felt, bet we convinced ourselves we had it. After 2 weeks of on and off training, we loaded the boat up and headed to Kingston. We rolled up into a sea of a 100’s upon 100’s of boats at Portsmouth Harbour right next to Kingston Maximum Security Penitentiary where the bad mothers are on serious lockdown. There were 57 boats in our fleet and we quickly established our goal, Gold Fleet, meaning after a day of qualification your in the top 25. So we took a deep breath and got ready for the first of 4 days of racing.
The next morning we woke up to a dream come true. In typical Kingston fashion there was 27 knots (50kph) of wind. People getting their boats smashed against the break wall, people crashing boats into each other at full speed, torn sails, torn spinnakers, destroyed boats… It was amazing. we cam out of qualification in 7th position. we were blown away.. and celebrated with a kegger.. and an epic CORK tradition, “Beach Slam”. big time. Our new goal.. top 15 in Gold Fleet. After 3 more days of sailing and throws downs, ups, down, failures, big wind, and light wind we made it happen. 14th.
Next goal. 49er Olympic Campaign - Matthews - Lambert