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August – September Update


A lot has happened since our last July 21 update. Here is our latest:

Nikki is currently in Miami /Ft. Lauderdale working with the Coast Guard to get her boat crew qualification. Lara is in San Francisco setting up boats and camp for the next month where Nikki will join this Thursday.

Aarhus: We accomplished what we set out to: 1. acquire a solid race boat that we will use for all racing in Europe. 2. Develop our system and routine for racing in general, and for travel outside of the states (which equipment travels back and forth, what tools we need duplicates of, creating our pre and post race jobs, etc.). 3. find training partners.

We wanted better results, absolutely, but had certain moments that built our confidence. The value of racing with 47 boats and having analytics to debrief our speed and tactical decisions was more than we could have imagined. It is clear that racing experience is a must and we will build our spring/summer schedule on this fact.

San Francisco training: We made the decision to spend September in San Francisco to work with a single coach for a longer period of time. Udi Gal is based in San Fran and currently coaches the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation. His top world ranking as a 470 sailor was 3rd, he competed at the games twice (2004, 2008), and finished 3rd at three consecutive World Championships, in addition we have heard excellent feedback about his coaching. We will be staying with a host in Belvedere and commuting to Treasure Island Sailing Club where there are 2 470s (both last used in Japan one year ago). We have use of a car, but were recommended a commute by boat will be much faster.

We will sail Monday-Friday with Udi, by ourselves for the first half and then will be joined by Germany 24, the female team that placed 3rd at the 2018 Europeans.

Here is our Schedule for the rest of 2018/ beginning of 2019:

September 1- October 6 San Francisco

October 7- 12 Newport, RI

October 13-14 Oyster Bay, NY (Oakcliff Triple Crown #2)

October 15-19 Newport, RI

October 20-21 Oyster Bay, NY(Oakcliff Triple Crown #3)

October 22-29 Newport, RI

November- January Miami, FL

January 27-February 3 Sailing World Cup Miami – qualification for USST

(as a new feature on our website, we are listing the events ahead for us – the schedule is located at the bottom of most pages)


Shortly after taking ownership of the Ziegelmayer in Europe, we found out there is a sister ship in storage in Australia. There will be three events in Japan next summer, one being the 470 world championship and the 2nd Olympic country qualifier, we think having a boat we are accustomed to is a must. Our next big project is to make sure we can purchase and ship this boat to Japan.

Our European boat is in storage in Germany, in a great and trustworthy facility, and is mostly ready to race come spring 2019.

The two boats in the US (the ODP boat and our donated Mackay) are our short term projects. While we are in San Fran, the ODP boat will be getting serviced so it is mostly ready for Oakcliff, we have brought some of the rigging to the west coast so that both Udi and Malcolm can help make sure we are on the right track.

We have been working with Chris Takas to build an inventory of spare parts, and to organize a list of what sails are needed long term and when delivery dates are.

That’s all for now, thanks everyone for your support and wisdom before, during, and after the Worlds!

All the best,

Lara and Nikki

At times…we can fly.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect
-Mark Twain
Great image by @jenkrollphotography

Nikki and Lara – Back to Newport from Long Island

Met some great people in Long Island to help us load the boat! We are now going back to Newport to continue our training, we have some big updates this week so keep an eye out for more information! Don’t forget to smile!
Nikki and Lara
 — at Mattituck.

Out on the Water – Where we belong.

“You have won nothing at a regatta if you have not won the respect and friendship of your fellow competitors.” Paul Elvstrom

Photography by the incredible @jenkrollphotography on one of our flat water, warm weather Miami training days.

Farm to Table at Farm Country Kitchen

Getting a taste for Long Island! This week we are working hard on building our boat as well as building our bodies. We build our muscles through a balanced diet with the freshest ingredients. We tried out Farm Country Kitchen, a farm to table restaurant with healthy options! We will be posting more information on our fitness gains on Instagram @perfectvisionsailing.

Remembering MEMORIAL DAY from Perfect Vision Sailing

ENS Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes, 470 skipper for Perfect Vision Sailing commissioned in the U.S. Coast Guard just over a year ago. ENS Barnes is homeported out of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami and working hard to proudly represent them, the U.S. Coast Guard and the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 470.

Memorial Day is a holiday where we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in active duty military service to our Country. ENS Barnes serves today from inspiration and in respect of that sacrifice.

Newport here we are.

We made it! We’re in Newport, Rhode Island, for a summer of training, competition and networking!

PVS Update for Week of May 16, 2018:

PVS Update for Week of May 16, 2018:

  • We are currently passing through Georgia on our way up to Newport, RI for the summer training. It’s been a busy week with trying to squeeze in days on the water sailing with packing up but we are excited for the change in venue and some beautiful Newport breeze. Here’s our update for the past week:
  • We sailed for three days last week where we continued to work on the foundation. Our last day of sailing was a late session where we had the opportunity to have Felipe Juncadella from Up Top Photography take some drone videos of us during the sunset. With his expertise we have already launched one video and have another one in the making. Our goal with this is not only to build our brand but also to show the public why the 470 is an incredible Olympic boat. The first video was featured in Scuttlebutt and is one of our first personal attempts at saving the boat for the 2024 Olympics. Current vote for 2024 is to have a mixed 470.
  • We packed up two boats for the trip up North, the ODP boat and the donor boat so that we are able to have training partners join us in Newport. The donor boat needed rigging which we got from sailing services. We will finish rigging it in Long Island at Larry’s.

Heading to Newport!

It’s official! We’re on our way to Newport, Rhode Island for a summer of networking, training and competition!

PVS Weekly update for the week of May 14, 2018:

Weekly update for the week of May 14, 2018:

  • We arrived in Newport with the Olympic Development Program boat, rigged, and sailed out of Sail Newport for the sendoff of leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Our intent was to have visibility as a team in front of an audience and it certainly served its purpose. We have received several emails and texts with photos and thank yous for representing dingy sailors. This boat will remain in Newport through August, with the addition of the donated boat we are currently rigging, we will have a spare boat for training partners.
  • Saturday Nikki sailed her Coast Guard Alumni regatta in J/70s and won the day! Lara worked for Martha at Team 1 Newport, where she sold sailing gear and handed out PVS business cards.
  • We are now settled on the North Fork of Long Island (down the road from where Lara used to coach at Mattituck Yacht Club) to rig the donated boat. Before leaving Miami we took the time to write down parts and purchase all supplies needed for this boat. Yesterday Larry and Nikki laid out fittings and drilled holes for the front of the boat, Lara spliced trap lines. We will complete the rest of the boat, mast, and boom this week and will finally get this boat sailing! A huge accomplishment from where it began this winter with holes from hurricane Irma and rotting leaves.