25 September 2009

Update From Peet Must '05 49er Campaign

Dear Fans,

Peet and I would first off like to thank everyone for all of your awesome support, whether it was a donation, a place to stay, or all the cheering from the sidelines, we couldn’t do it without you.

Our summer schedule consisted of 2 great regattas, the Delta Lloyd in the Netherlands which is a stop on the Gold Cup tour and the 2009 World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy. The Delta Lloyd was our first regatta with the new all carbon fiber mast and square top mainsail which is just a dream to sail. The regatta was a huge step in our learning curve, being our first international regatta, we were competing against the best from Europe. We trained with some Europeans for about 5 days leading up to the event to try and figure out the new mast and sail set up. As the regatta went on we got better and better; we rounded a few windward marks around 10th and wound up with our best finish in the last race. It was a great regatta, we learned a ton and especially started to understand what exactly needs to be done.

Stop two was the 2009 World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy. We arrived early and had about 10 days of some great training in big breeze; it is always windy in Garda. The Worlds were an awesome event, 6 days of unbelievable sailing conditions against the world’s best. We had some real shining moments during the worlds. In the qualifying round we had a couple of low teen finishes and we beat the 2 time world champion to the top mark once. We missed qualifying for silver fleet by a few points and wound up in bronze fleet, not a total bummer. We learned so much being a top player in our fleet, finishing 4 out of 7 races in the top 10 with a 2nd in the first race. All in all it was an unbelievable experience and our 49er sailing is really starting to take shape.

What’s next: we plan on training now through December for the 2010 Worlds which are being held in the Bahamas January 2-9, 2010. What’s also really great is that the 2010 North Americans and the Miami OCR regatta are also in January in Miami. Our plan is to give a big push for these up coming regattas.

This winter is going to be a start to the half way point in this campaign and we need to stay on track. This we believe, will include a lot of coaching. We have been in contact with some veteran 49er sailors and they all want to help. We are hoping to put together a schedule that will include the practice and coaching that we need.

You can keep in touch with our training and results by checking out our webpage http://www.barnegatbay49er.com/ or at Team Barnegat Bay on Facebook. If you wish to make a donation to our campaign, the information is also on our webpage.

Thanks for all your support,
Carl and Peet

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