LPCC 2016: Through the Eyes of Ambassador Karl Ziegler

LPCC 2016: Through the Eyes of Ambassador Karl Ziegler

LPCC 2016 Ambassador, Karl Ziegler, had an incredible experience working and coaching at the LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup 2016 at Lake Garda, Italy. Read below to hear more:

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Wow, what a breath taking venue!  Lake Garda has been on my bucket list for some time and it did not disappoint!  Sunny, warm and 15 knots every day from the same direction led to perfect sailing conditions.

Circelo Vela Torbole was a classic sailors club, nothing fancy just 100% focused on sailors and sailing, which is my favorite kind of club.  The race management team led by Carla and Carmelo were outstanding.  They were very flexible and adaptable while maintaining the highest level of professionalism.  We sailed 65, high quality races during the event while operating on a very sailor friendly schedule.  They deserve major kudos, not to mention that they were just super nice people!

The talent level of all the teams was excellent!  They sailed the boats as well as most top tier US college sailors- their improvement over the course of the event was nothing short of remarkable!  The sailors were very teachable, asked great questions, and were an absolute pleasure to coach.

On the race course, all the teams had pros and cons, and the final four of the Netherlands, US women, Italy and Austria were evenly matched.  In the end, the Netherlands won with good starts, solid speed and efficient team racing.  They didn’t try to do too much, started ahead of their competitors, went fast and only team raced when they had to – just what we talked about at the opening of the clinic!

Thanks to LaserPerformance for making the LPCC a great event this year.  I can’t overstate how much enthusiasm and positive energy there was over team racing in general, and the event in particular.  If the goal of the LPCC was to grow team racing among college aged sailors internationally, I think it was very much achieved!  From my end, I had a blast.  I’d love to come back and do it again next year!

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Interested in competing at next year’s LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup? Email rachel.starr@laserperformance.com and stay tuned for more information- including where the venue is going to be!