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Friday, November 19, 2010
Kirklands Continue to Prepare
Brothers Jesse and Zander Kirkland got back to sailing this week as they wrap up their California training.

Monday and Tuesday were light and was great practice for the pairs light air mechanics, something they did not practice much up in NorCAL.

Yesterday the pair were greeted with a pleasant 8-12knots breeze which was just enough to get the boat powered up at times.

The pair was fortunate to have friend and top coach Payson Infelise film the practice.

The video showed the Kirklands a bit of everything from the practice which included tacks, gybes, straight lining, one acceleration drill, a couple of bear-aways and one extended clip of running downwind.

Zander Kirkland said, “Our training in California this fall has been great and we are feeling more in tune with the rig and boat. It is amazing what an extended time of training will do for your 'feel'- on Tuesday we did our best light air gybe on record and yesterday we did our fastest double trapping tack to date!”

“You do a maneuver enough times that you can really start to break it down and figure out the best way to pull it off. Of course we still have lots of training to do before we will be ready for Miami OCR, but it has been a good start to our full-time training regime. We look forward to training in Miami, in December, with North America's best in the warm waters of Biscayne Bay,” concluded Zander.
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