Hours on end perfecting my equipment, my skills and my patience has been wrapped into my 2nd A-Cat World Championship title. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this years performance. This year I am by far the busiest ever trying to balance being a competitive sailor, designer, Olympic coach, sailmaker, factory rider and most importantly . . . a Dad! Within the somewhat chaotic days I have found an incredible focus which makes me stronger at achieving my goals. I don’t have time to go back and forth about decisions or questions, I have to be decisive and smart and trust myself.
This is the first large event where there are a few new DNA F1’s. A gorgeous venue in Italy (?? Considering it is the SUI Nationals) with flat water and building breeze. I crushed it. But why? The F1 was developed and designed to be an all around speed machine benefitting from improved aerodynamics with the end plate effect, underwater hull shape for non foiling conditions, and with optimal boards and rudders to enhance foiling.
I NEED ONE COOL DETAIL HERE. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST CHALLENGE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE DESIGNING, etc.
Mandy and Coen are both excellent sailors. Are we on the right track? They are fast and smart but their confidence, time on the water, and mental game will not yet win them a medal. We have been battling injuries, struggles with coaching and I wish that I could be more for them but when we started working together I had other responsibilities as well. It kills me but we will do all we can to win that medal. I want the medal just as bad as they do but that is only half the battle. We will need to be critical and sharp and most importantly will need to be confident to sail in Rio. Off to the harbour to work on boat speed.
Its been a busy winter with many different projects but the #1 priority seems to be continued to be pushed into the background. My goal this year is to win the Worlds. The launch of the DNA has so far seemed perfect but is my boat ready yet . . . no. We have a bit more information on the competition but now is the time to learn to use the new machine in all of the conditions and to create the settings. I am always very open and I will admit that at this stage I am not comfortable yet. The boat and I are performing well together in flat, gusty conditions but in chop and swell I have a lot to work on. Another issue is that I am spending the majority of time getting all of my clients up to speed with what I know so far. Looking at my schedule and my responsibilities I realize that it is going to be a marathon leading up the Worlds. I feel more focused than ever but lets hope that I can find the energy and the time in between the chaos of the “real World” to find the sweet spots and ideas.
Vacations are extremely powerful. An opportunity to be distracted by the beauty and the differences to our regular life allows our brains to turn off in some ways. Carrie and I love active vacations and they are best with close friends. This won’t change now that we have Skylar, the vacations will just be a bit different.
What an amazing trip so far! Amazing food, snow and weather and all with our little nugget close to our side. (She didn’t actually go skiing but she did go up the mountain on the gondolas!) Active vacations are also great for our fitness and they help to let our minds wander. What better place than in Venice and Cortina. The floods of Venice in our first weekend simultaneously dumped more than a meter of powder to create the best powder playground in the Dolomites that we have ever expected.
Mischa Heemskerk is a smart creative, a source of new idea’s, always curious and never satisfied with the status quo.