“Keep calm and sail on” was the motto for Andy Roy’s crew (Scott Collinson, Rob Emery, Fraser Howell, Dave Jarvis and Andrew van Nostrand – RCYC) at the 2019 International Masters Regatta. Held at the San Diego Yacht Club from October 18-20, the event veterans came back stronger and hungry for a win. Roy comments: “After finishing 2nd in the event the previous year, we knew we had the right ingredients to come back again and pull it off.”
The three-day event saw some beautiful conditions with tough and competitive racing. Roy and his crew began the event with a slow start but quickly came back to the top with a bullet in the third race. Continuously battling it out with opponent Sinks, Roy and his crew were only one point ahead of them heading into the final race. “The regatta title came down to a “do or die” final race with another very strong competitor. We managed to control them at the start and sail on to a wire-to-wire win and the overall trophy.”
As the first Canadian crew to win this event, the team took pride in setting Canada on the map. Roy comments on the key to a successful crew, “ it’s all about trusting each other to perform at our respective positions on the boat; consistent positive and calm communication. Be sure to both formulate a game plan before each race and also debrief (with note-taking) at the end of the day. Most importantly, remember that it’s just a boat race, so have fun out there!”
Congratulations to the Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month – Andy Roy and his crew!
Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities here