Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - LEADERBOARD

Dialing the racing mindset at Oakcliff Triple Crown

by US Sailing Team 5 Oct 2020 05:37 PDT October 2-4, 2020
US Sailing Team 470 athletes © Allison Chenard / Chenard Visuals / US Sailing

On Sunday, October 4, the second and final stage of this year's Oakcliff Triple Crown Series wrapped, marking the end of this summer's racing opportunities for the US Sailing Team 470 athletes.

Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished first in the 10 boat fleet, followed closely behind by Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.). In the past two weeks, both boats have enjoyed the opportunity to race in an official regatta. This weekend, the Cowles twins especially enjoyed immersing themselves in the racing mindset one again, particularly in the face of multiple postponements.

"Something that was big for us was this weekend was our mindset," said Emma. "We had some postponements and something that's so different while racing is the mentality with how you approach a day whether you're postponed or not. In practice, very rarely are you postponing for an hour and shifting that mindset to racing again by getting back in the routine of checking the settings and boat speed before the start. You're still in the zone when you're in practice but the mindset you need for racing isn't something you can simulate without a regatta."

Apart from focusing on getting back into the zone during the pre-start, Carmen also appreciated the challenge of training with higher stakes, "When you're going out training, it's not like mistakes are costly. When you train and make a mistake, you move on and learn. While you want to move on and learn quickly while racing, there are always consequences that don't exist in most training situations."

Next, the Cowles twins will enjoy a little bit of time off at home in Larchmont, N.Y., before heading back up to Massachusetts to wrap up their season in the northeast before heading down to Miami for the winter. The Cowles are especially looking forward to the warmer weather training in Miami as they'll be able to reunite with several of their fellow US Sailing Team athletes, albeit from a safe distance.

"It seems like quite a bit of the team will be down there this winter, which is pretty cool," said Carmen. "Very rarely are we all in the same spot training."

Visit the event website to view the full results.

Related Articles

Finn fleet gather in Porto for the Finn Gold Cup
Including Luke Muller, US Sailing Team member and Tokyo 2020 Finn Representative Known globally for its grand bridges and port wine production, Porto will soon be canvassed with 59 of the world's top Finn sailors from 33 countries, including Luke Muller, US Sailing Team member and Tokyo 2020 Finn Representative. Posted on 5 May
470s return to Vilamoura for Europeans
More Tokyo 2020 practice for the US Sailing Team The 2021 470 European Championship is officially under way at Vilamoura Sailing (April 30 - May 7), a venue that has become the sailing world's go-to location amidst the pandemic thanks to their expert regatta management Posted on 1 May
US Sailing names Alan Ostfield CEO
Ostfield will take the helm of US Sailing, the sport's National Governing Body US Sailing today announced Alan Ostfield (Pittsburgh, Pa.), an accomplished sports and entertainment industry leader, as the Association's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Posted on 28 Apr
Railey & Buckingham place top 10
At 2021 ILCA European event in Portugal The 2021 ILCA European Continental Qualifiers ended on Saturday, April 24 following a week of varying breeze and swell in Vilamoura. Posted on 25 Apr
Sailing featured at Junior Pan American Games
US Sailing requests eligible sailors to submit participation form The first-ever Junior Pan American Games is set to take place in Cali, Colombia. This international multi-sport event is for athletes in the Americas aged 18 to 21. Posted on 9 Apr
Leandro Spina on the new US Open Sailing Series
An interview with Leandro Spina on the West Marine US Open Sailing Series US Sailing has been working hard to prepare their athletes for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, as well as for the upcoming 2024 and 2028 Games, and part of this involves the recently announced West Marine US Open Sailing Series. Posted on 1 Apr
Paul Cayard to Lead U.S. Olympic Sailing Program
In the role of Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing US Sailing today announced Paul Cayard, one of America's most accomplished sailors, in the role of Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Cayard will take the helm of the US Sailing Team, inclusive of the U.S. Olympic Sailing program. Posted on 23 Mar
Lanzarote International Regatta kicks off Sunday
Five American skiffs are scheduled to compete Five American skiffs are scheduled to compete in the Lanzarote Winter Series event with racing starting on Sunday, March 21. Posted on 20 Mar
470 World Championships come to a close
Stu McNay and Dave Hughes finish fifth The 2021 470 World Championships have officially come to a close with the completion of the final medal race on Saturday. Posted on 14 Mar
US Sailing Women's 470 trials complete
Breaking news from Portugal at 470 Worlds The 2021 470 World Championship fleet racing series concluded Friday, completing the third and final stage of the US Sailing Team's Olympic Selection series. Posted on 12 Mar
Highfield Boats - SW - FOOTERNorth Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterC-Tech 2020 Battens 2 728x90 BOTTOM