The first week in August we drove from Kiel, Germany to Aarhus, Denmark for the Aarhus Sailing Week or Test Event for the 2018 World Championship. This was an important event for us to scope out the venue for the 2018 World Championship, which is our first opportunity to qualify the country for the Olympic Games.
The week of racing was filled with a range of conditions, including light air flat water, shifty puffy offshore and 20 knots in big chop. We steadily made gains on the fleet throughout the week and qualified for the medal race in 3rd place!
This was an exciting opportunity for us to practice having pressure on going into the medal racing and secure the podium spot. The medal race series is 3 races that are the top 10 boats who sail a 12 minutes 2 lap course with boundaries. They are full on and places are constantly changing. We had to fend off the Australians who were just a few points behind us.
Races 1 and 2 were very good for us, getting in phase right after the start and finishing well enough to continue putting points on the Aussies. Going into the final race, we had a 5 point gap on the Aussies. We had a rough start and found ourselves at the back of the fleet (9th) at mark 1 with them in top 3. We knew we had to keep cool and look for opportunities to make gains around the course. We got up to 8th for the final run and it came down to the finish where we gained 2 boats right at the line. This was enough to secure our podium spot!
We were ecstatic to have this performance, which officially secured our spot on the US Sailing Team. This is a huge honor for us and gives us access to a lot of resources and support moving forward that will help set us up for success.