Alec Anderson wrapped up a hard yet successful season by finishing sixth in the Laser Central American and Caribbean Games, his first big Laser full rig regatta.
The young sailor began his season in Texas by winning the Laser Radial Gulf Coast Championships. Then it was on to the Laser North Americans where he scored an impressive win ahead of a fleet of 97 boats.
With two wins behind him, Anderson traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for three days of top-notch training before leaving for Largs, Scotland, and the Laser Radial Worlds. In Scotland, Anderson teamed up with three sailors from the U.S., and embarked on three days of training while trying to acclimatize to the cold and rainy conditions.
The Laser Worlds were a challenge for competitors and race management with only six of the twelve races taking place. A spirited attack in race six saw Anderson finish in first place, the win good enough to leave him 10th overall out of 98 of the world's best sailors.
With a quick turnaround to make Chicago in time for the two ISAF Grade 3 match races, Anderson and BVI Coach Chris Watters joined Colin Rathbun and Chris Brockbank aboard their One Design. With Rathbun at the helm, Team BVI finished with an even record of wins to losses, and had a near second overall slip to a fifth in the very last race.
With his sights set firmly on the 2012 Olympics, Anderson will look to compete in many international events starting with the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January.
Report and photo submitted by Chris Watters