13 teams from Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and the US assembled at the Kingston Yacht Club for a 505 training weekend at the best fresh water sailing venue on the planet. We were lucky to have Richard Mundell fly out to coach the clinic for the weekend. Rich is a very experience 505 sailor and sailing coach. He coached several of the top Californian teams that finished in the top 5 at the 2019 505 World Championships in Fremantle Australia. Kingston has the potential to have Seabreeze heavy air conditions like Fremantle and Rich was eager to share what he had learned from coaching at the Worlds in Australia.
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The first morning of the clinic, sailors showed up to rig and prepare their boats for the day. Rich did a detailed walk around of all the sail control systems on a 505 explaining the role of each one in different wind speeds.
Alex Byczko photo
The theme of the weekend was “feel” and many of the drills during the weekend focussed on trying different ways of setting up the boat and trying to notice the difference. Some races were sailing with a pre-determined rake or board setting.
We did several variations of short course 1 lap races doing rabbit starts. Everyone got the chance to be the rabbit. The format allowed for some close racing and opportunities to practice sailing in traffic.
Saturday night dinner was hosted by the Gesings. A huge thanks to Adam and Renka for organizing a great BBQ and hosting everyone. Rich gave a debrief on the day of sailing and took the opportunity to share photos, videos and stories from his experience coaching in Fremantle.
Kingston delivered for us! We had two days of awesome sea-breeze conditions starting at 10knots in the morning and building to 20+ by the end of the day. It was great practice for the Canadian and North American Championships.
Big thanks to Martin, Jeff and Marie for organizing and to Rich for coaching!