(Story submitted by Antonia Lewin-LaFrance)
CORK is wonderful, so I’m really happy to share my first experience:
My first CORK was in 2012. I was 15, sailing club 420 (as skipper, my crew was Taylor Shaw) for the Squadron team under the infamous Federico Lopez. I didn’t have a clue how to read wind. 2012 was so long ago. I think I’ve done CORK every single year since then, so there are only a few distinct memories that stick out from 2012. The first is that if I had a great start, Fede would zoom over after the race and clap as hard as he possibly could, say something like “TONIAAA, great job!! Beautiful start” (maybe with some curse words mixed into there), toss over some food and water, and then say “Another one!!” and then ruffle our hair and zoom off.
(Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance Canadian Sailing Development Squad teammates competing at CORK in 2019. The photo were taken during the 49er and 49er FX North American Championships.)
Georgia and I have been sailing the FX for three years now, and we’re very grateful to be a part of the CSDS. Sail Canada has given us resources that make our training environment world class.
Wind Athletes Canada
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