What an event! It was such a spectacle and a pleasure to watch some of the heats. I’m sure a lot of people have said it, but the way the whole fleet is pushing the level of the sport is insane. I think there was heats for 23rd place this year that had a level of sailing worthy to a final 3 years ago. A personal highlight was the whole junior comp, so many groms just stoked and going for it. What’s really scary is you see how much the comp pushes them and how much better they get during the week.
I got to Pozo a month before the event, that’s something that I feel really pays off, it takes a while to get used to the relentless wind and how to sail the place, normally when I arrive I’m using thrusters and quite full sails, after a week I’m on quads and sailing with more downhaul and outhaul than anywhere else. Mentally I find the trick is to pace yourself a little and be constructive, I try not to sail when I’m tired as I feel you can teach yourself bad habits, 2 or 3 shorter 30 minute sessions seem to work for me. I think being there early helps to get settled too. I make sure I keep up my gym training so I’m still strong when the event starts. If my training is just sailing I feel my legs get too weak. This year was a special one for wind, I think I’ve never used a 3.4 as much in my life! Pozo is a special sort of sailing, but when you get into it and there are some waves, it’s serious fun!
The way the whole fleet is pushing the level of the sport is insane.