Although most girls admitted to a mild case of pre-clinic nerves, all of the participants found that once they put their new-found skills into action, their confidence increased in steering or crewing a Sonar. For some, this was the first time at trying spinnaker handling. 'Being on the bow is crazy,' said 15 year old Marissa LIHAN of her spinnaker jibing experience. 'But I liked it!'
Afterward, some of the girls talked about getting a team together for the Rolex IWKC. With a little over two months until the big league event begins, there is time to charter a boat and begin a training schedule. Who knows, maybe they'll wind up in a jibing duel with Vandemoer who will be crewing for skipper and fellow US Sailing Team member Anna TUNNICLIFFE. This year's biennial Rolex IWKC will take place from 14-17 November at the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas.