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Live Interview! New York Yacht Club

Today, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11am EST Lara will be doing a live interview for the New York Yacht Club members. Check it out to hear where we are now and what comes next!

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Quarantine!

After a month and a half of hard training on the water in Palma, Spain we have traded our water training ground for the mental and physical classrooms in our homes in Miami, FL. Over these past two weeks of quarantine we have participated in daily webinars, multiple daily team calls and daily workouts.

As a team we try to maximize our time on the water, with the quarantine we have been given the opportunity to study other aspects of our sport and become experts in the rules, starts, tactics and strategy. We can’t control the situation we are currently in but we can use it to our advantage and grow stronger as a team. ? ??

There are a lot of unknowns at the moment but we are adapting to the situations! We want to give a big thank you to all the people who believe in us, push us and help us determine our next steps!

 

“I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”
– Dwayne Johnson

Racing in Spain and Doing Very Well

First Top 10 Finish! 8th overall at the MSC (Mallorca Sailing Center) Training Regatta this weekend, February 21-23. Twenty-three Women’s 470 teams representing 14 countries.

Team Perfect Vision Sailing’s LTJG Barnes & Dallman-Weiss Wrap Up Successful European Season, Sets Sights on Olympic Test Event in Japan this Summer

Competing in the 2019 World Cup Final Marseille, France. Credit: Sailing Energy.

Miami, FL (June 26, 2019). The long road to the Olympics is paved with several shorter sections. The U.S. Coast Guard’s LTJG Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Team Perfect Vision Sailing’s campaign to represent the U.S.A. in the Women’s 470 at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, successfully completed one of these in June: Europe’s spring circuit of elite regattas. In the first of these events, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta, held April 1-6, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss placed 15, 16 and 25 scoreboard positions higher, respectively, than the three other U.S.A. Women’s 470 teams, to qualify for the Olympic Test Event, on August 17-22, 2019, in Enoshima Yacht Harbour, Japan. Then, with this golden carrot firmly fixed in Japan, both in 2019 and ultimately in 2020, the sailor’s spent the remainder of the European spring circuit and afterwards in training with top teams laser-focused on what they needed to excel in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ later this summer.

“It was a key step in our campaign to go to Europe for these regattas before traveling to Japan, so that we could get on a starting line with some of the world’s best Women’s 470 sailors,” explains helmsman LTJG Barnes. “If we just stayed at home and trained by ourselves, sure we would have improved, but it would have given us a false sense of our ability. In the intense racing environment of Europe’s spring circuit you can fail fast, but if you are willing to stand up after getting knocked down you will learn so much faster. We weren’t comfortable with watching boats sail in front of us. That’s why at our last event in Marseille, France, we were top 10 at almost every first windward mark in conditions from 5-30 knots. That means that we have great starts and are fast in a wide range of conditions. Our failing fast moments were the down winds where we weren’t able to keep the mast upright when we were sending the boat too hard. We were fast, until we flipped.”

Photo: LTJG Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss competing in the European spring circuit of regattas, 2019. Credit: Sailing Energy

EUROPEAN CIRCUIT RECAP

After the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta, LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss competed in the World Cup Series – Genoa, April 15-21, in Genoa, Italy; the 470 Open European Championships, May 6-14, in Sen Remo, Italy; and the World Cup Final Marseille, June 2-9, in Marseille, France. Each of these were important to test various aspects of the team’s training in different racing situations. For example, winds were very light and unpredictable in Genoa versus the strong breeze in San Remo and Marseille. Overall, although LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss’ results don’t necessarily reflect this, improvements were tremendous and on par with the goal of peaking at the 470 World Championships (August 2-9), as this is an opportunity for the team to quality the U.S.A. in the Women’s 470 for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The other major regatta this summer in Japan, in addition to the Olympic Test Event, is the 2020 World Cup Series 1, set for August 25-September 1.

Photo: L to R LTJG Nikole Barnes, Coach Robby Bisi, Lara Dallman-Weiss.

LOOKING AHEAD

In less than one month, LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss will arrive in Japan. With various fleet sizes and competitors competing at each of the three major events, the sailors will have a different specific priority at each one. Ultimately, this summer’s goals are to qualify the USA in the Women’s 470 for the 2020 Olympics and for LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

“One point that has been clear throughout our time in Europe is that it takes time to reach our potential,” says crew Dallman-Weiss. “With each event and the tremendous help of Robby (Bisi, coach), we’re beginning to understand the 470 in ways we haven’t before. Some of the tools we have added include rig tune, precise communication, specific kinetics, and an overall understanding of weather.”

Bisi, both an Olympic sailor and coach of several Olympians, also served as LTJG Barnes coach in 2011 prior to Barnes and then-crew Agustina Barbuto earning a bronze medal at the ISAF Youth World Championships in the 420, in Zadar, Croatia.

Photo: LTJG Barnes (5th from left) and Lara Dallman-Weiss (4th from left), standing next to the USA’s Men’s 470 team, with US Consul General, Simon Hankinson (far left). Credit: Sailing Energy.

TEAMWORK ON LAND & SEA

An Olympic medal comes down to on-the-water performance in the penultimate regatta. An Olympic campaign is so much more. For example, it’s about international representation and giving back. In Marseille, which is the 2024 Olympic sailing venue, LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss met Simon Hankinson, the U.S. consul general. They learned about Hankinson’s duties and shared their Olympic campaign goals with him. In San Remo, the two sailors took part in a 470 Class beach cleanup.

For LTJG Barnes, an Olympic campaign both strengthens and continues to build a unique skill set that will serve her well in her continued career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer.

“When I’m on the water I think back to my Coast Guard training: the quick thinking, attention to detail, ability to make mistakes and learn quickly from them, and the work ethic to do whatever it takes to get the job done. We are constantly juggling the logistics and strategy and managing budgets and equipment at one event while also pre-planning for events that are months in advance. At the end of the day, most important is the relationships in the boat. As the helm, it’s my job to steer the boat and when in the situation to lead, to do so in a way that allows for the best performance. I have a lot of power in the boat, but I wouldn’t go anywhere without Lara’s skill and feel in the front of the boat. It takes a team and my Coast Guard training has taught me the skills of working in a team environment,” says LTJG Barnes.

SUPPORT THE TEAM

To support LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, donate to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s Elite Athletic Excellence Fund (www.cgaalumni.org/eliteathlete).

“Consistent with the mission of the Alumni Association, we are thrilled to support Nikki and her teammate Lara in their quest for Olympic gold!,” says Capt. Andrea Marcille, USCG (Ret), president, USCGA Alumni Association. “Becoming the first-ever active duty Coast Guard officer, man or woman, to compete in the Games would be a fantastic story that would help elevate the national prominence of the Academy. Thanks to the enthusiastic generosity of individual alumni, classes, and friends we are off to a great start raising approximately 30 percent of the team’s anticipated need.”

LTJG Barnes is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and member of both the St. Francis Yacht Club and St. Thomas Yacht Club. Dallman-Weiss is a native of Shoreview, MN, and member of the New York Yacht Club.

For more information about LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss’ Olympic campaign, visit www.perfectvisionsailing.com or Email: perfectvisionsailing@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/perfectvisionsailing and Instagram @perfectvisionsailing

2019 European Championship

Another Regatta in the Books!

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Barnes & Dallman-Weiss Qualify as USA Women’s 470 Team for Olympic Test Event in Japan in August

The Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar celebrates this year its 50th anniversary in the elite of Olympic sailing in a record edition, to be held in Majorcan waters from 29th March to 6th April, organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balearic and Spanish federations.
©Pedro Martinez/SAILING ENERGY/50th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
02 April, 2019.

Palma, Spain: U.S. Coast Guard LTJG Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Team Perfect Vision Sailing, have qualified to represent the USA in the Women’s 470 at the next Olympic Test Event, August 17 to 22, 2019, in Enoshima Yacht Harbour, in Japan. The duo did so by finishing 20th out of a 45-boat fleet at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta, sailed April 1 to 6, in Palma, Spain. What’s more, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss placed 15, 16 and 25 scoreboard slots higher, respectively, than the three other USA Women’s 470 teams.

“The regatta was a good chance for us to see where we are with our training,” says LTJG Barnes, a 2017 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, whose campaign is strongly supported by the U.S. Coast Guard Alumni Association. LTJG Barnes is currently stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami. “At the end of the day, we were able to attain and maintain great boat speed. We always have more to work on, but I am so happy with the progress our team has made. We are excited to be the USA representatives in the Women’s 470 in Japan in August for the Olympic Test Event.”

Dallman-Weiss adds, “This regatta was significant as April marks one year that the two of us have sailed together. For this event, we worked hard beforehand to learn the venue and prepare for the different conditions that we did find during the week. Come race day, we stuck to the plan we had made and kept everything really simple. Palma was a great way for our team to start the European racing season and we are very excited to continue to build on what we’ve learned.”

Japan’s Enoshima Yacht Harbour is the venue for the sailing competition for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The coastal city is located 36 miles southwest of Tokyo. While the USA still needs to quality as a country in the Women’s 470 for the 2020 Games, this qualification is a significant hurdle jumped for LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss on the way to achieving this goal.

The Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar celebrates this year its 50th anniversary in the elite of Olympic sailing in a record edition, to be held in Majorcan waters from 29th March to 6th April, organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balearic and Spanish federations. ©Jesus Renedo/SAILING ENERGY/50th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
01 April, 2019.

Next up, LTJG Barnes and Dallman-Weiss will compete in the 2019 World Cup Series – Round 3, Genoa, April 15 to 21, in Genoa, Italy. They will be coached by Robby Bisi.

“Our ability to provide LTJG Barnes the opportunity to pursue her goal of representing our nation in the 2020 Olympics is just one example of the Service’s efforts to develop and retain the talented women and men who make up the U.S. Coast Guard’s Total Workforce,” says RADM Bill Kelly ‘87, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. “Providing her the ability to train full time is indicative of our dedication to our people and our Service to ensure we have a workforce prepared to meet the needs of the Nation.”

LTJG Barnes is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and member of both the St. Francis Yacht Club and St. Thomas Yacht Club. Dallman-Weiss is a native of Shoreview, MN, and member of the New York Yacht Club.
To support LTJG Barnes and Dallman Weiss, donate to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s Elite Athletic Excellence Fund (www.cgaalumni.org/eliteathlete).

For more information about LTJG Barnes and Dallman Weiss’ Olympic campaign, visit www.perfectvisionsailing.com or Email: perfectvisionsailing@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/perfectvisionsailing and Instagram @perfectvisionsailing

The Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar celebrates this year its 50th anniversary in the elite of Olympic sailing in a record edition, to be held in Majorcan waters from 29th March to 6th April, organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balearic and Spanish federations. ©Jesus Renedo/SAILING ENERGY/50th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
05 April, 2019.

2019 470 North American team wrap up.

Our candid discussion of the event.

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Team Perfect Vision Sailing’s Lt. j.g. Barnes & Dallman-Weiss Sets Sights on Next Phase of 2020 Olympic Campaign

Miami, Florida, USA (November 19, 2018). Learn, build, grow…and win. This describes the latest evolution in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Lt. j.g. Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes and Lara Dallman Weiss’ Perfect Vision Sailing campaign to represent the U.S. in the Women’s 470 at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan. Since making their international debut as a team at the World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, and arriving back to the U.S. with a clear idea of what’s needed, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss immediately set about the next steps. This started with spending a month campaigning and training in San Francisco, California.

West Coast Campaigning & Training

Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss training with Coach Udi Gal in San Francisco Bay Credit: Udi Gal.

“Our initial goal for the San Francisco trip was to meet with a donor from the St. Francis Yacht Club (SFYC). By remaining flexible, yet goal-oriented, we were able to accomplish much more on the trip west,” says skipper Barnes, a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and member of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, bronze medalist in the 420 at the ISAF Youth Championships in 2011, Quantum Sailor of the Year in 2016, and 2017 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Connecticut, who is currently stationed at USCG Sector Miami in the Incident Management Division.

Indeed, the visit quickly expanded into networking with other potential donors, participating in a give-back opportunity to teach high school girls from across the nation about high performance sailing at a clinic hosted by SFYC, coaching by former Men’s 470 Olympian, Udi Gal, and partnering with German 470 Women’s team Nadine Bohm and Ann-Christin Goliass, in some of Gal’s training sessions.

“My coaching style and demands are quite high. This style is not suitable to every athlete, especially the newer generation. Nikki and Lara are reacting very well to a tougher, higher-demanding work ethic — together we nailed down lots of big steps in their progress in very short time,” says Gal, three-time 470 World Champion bronze medalist and two-time Olympian representing his native Israel in the Men’s 470.

More than One Way to Lead at Sea

L to R: Lara Dallman Weiss, Lt. Cmdr. Krysia Pohl and Lt. j.g. Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes after the Leadership Conference at USCG Sector San Francisco. Credit: Perfect Vision Sailing

The worlds of an elite athlete and Coast Guard officer came together when Lt. Cmdr. Krysia Pohl, chief of the inspection division at USCG Sector San Francisco, invited Barnes and Dallman-Weiss to speak as part of the service’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council’s (LDAC) speaker series. LCDR Pohl, a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, is a fellow 470 sailor who was named the 2000 Coast Guard Female Athlete of the Year.

“I think that by Nikki telling her story to shipmates whenever possible, the Coast Guard can see some ROI that aren’t just sailing results. There were some tangible takeaways that units received when Nikki and Lara came to speak. For example, one of the basic leadership teachings includes self-leadership, not just leading others. Nikki is an outstanding example of leading self and is an inspiration. I wanted others to feel inspired by her duty, that we can do it all, especially when we work hard enough, that we can have a military career and also achieve success in our personal lives,” says Pohl.

Top Competition at Oakcliff

Back on the East Coast, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss competed in Stages 2 and 3 of the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, in Oyster Bay, New York. These events were held on the back-to-back weekends of October 13-14 and October 21-22. Having just returned from an intense month of sailing in San Francisco, the duo didn’t make the appropriate transition into racing and ended the weekend with a fourth place Stage 2 finish. Monday morning, joined by coach Eyal Levin, the duo regrouped and shifted their mindsets. They approached Stage 3 with a whole new perspective and it showed in a win.

“Last year, Nikki competed in the Triple Crown Series with Oakcliff‘s High Performance Fleet Manager, Robyn Lesh,” says Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing’s executive director and the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team, America True, as captain and chief executive officer. “This year, Nikki returned with Lara Dallman-Weiss and they were the only team to defeat three-time Olympic competitors Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes throughout all three stages of the 2018 series. We are extremely impressed with Perfect Vision Sailing’s inherent talent and expect big things to come.”

What’s Next

Barnes and Dallman-Weiss returned to Miami in late October to train for their next major competition: World Sailing’s World Cup Series – Round 2 in Miami, January 27 to February 3.

“Throughout this campaign, our only limit is time, and because of this we need to be ruthless about setting priorities. Since we have a heavy training and racing schedule over the next year, we have recently taken a step back to analyze learnings to date, seek continued advice from our strong team of mentors and adjust our overall plan as needed to assure we are right where we need to be when our country qualifiers take place. That said, this month starts a heavy training phase in Miami,” says Dallman Weiss, a member of the New York Yacht Club, three-time skipper and crew of the year at Eckerd College, U.S. Sailing Development Team member in the 470 class in 2013, and North American champion in the Farr 40 class.

Support Team Perfect Vision Sailing – 2020 Olympics

To support Barnes and Dallman Weiss, donate to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s Elite Athletic Excellence Fund (www.cgaalumni.org/eliteathlete). Or, send a check made out to Windmark. We ask that the memo DOES NOT include any names, this will ensure that donations can be used towards any of our budgeted items! Checks can be sent to: Lara Dallman Weiss or Nikole Barnes, P.O. box 263, Newport, RI 02840.

For more information about Barnes and Dallman Weiss’ Olympic campaign, visit www.perfectvisionsailing.com or Email: perfectvisionsailing@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/perfectvisionsailing and Instagram @perfectvisionsailing

Ens Nikole Barnes at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami

Lara at Richmond Yacht Club