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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.
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: [email protected]. Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/perfectvisionsailing and Instagram @perfectvisionsailing
Sail-World’s David Schmidt speaks with Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss about their 470 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
“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
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.”
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: [email protected]. Follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/perfectvisionsailing and Instagram @perfectvisionsailing
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
What an incredible experience! The 2018 World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, in August, lit our competitive fire more than we could have imagined possible. After all, we sailed against 46 of the best Women 470 teams in the world. This included the Gold and Bronze medalists at the 2016 Summer Olympics, sailors we intend to compete against again at the 2020 Summer Olympics. To everyone who pushed us to attend this event, a sincere and heart-felt ‘thank you’. One of the important lessons we learned is that results came and went. We finished 37th of 47 teams with a mix of finishes in the 30’s and 20s. However, the situations we navigated on and off the water
What we did well
USA Olympic Hopefuls ENS Barnes & Dallman Weiss Set Sights on World Sailing Championships in Denmark this Month
Newport, Rhode Island (July 19, 2018). They’ve sailed competitively almost all their lives, officially teamed up four months ago, and now are ready to take on the world. The USA’s Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes, ENS, U.S. Coast Guard and Lara Dallman Weiss, Team Perfect Vision Sailing in the Women’s 470 for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, have arrived in Aarhus, Denmark, to compete in the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Set for July 30 to August 12 and one of the biggest global sailing events, these World Championships will include 10 Olympic boat classes and serve as the first qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
“This is our first World Championship together. We will be racing against the rest of the world and the top athletes in the game. Our goal is to learn as much as we can, soak up the knowledge and gain training partners. We both are competitive, so we must remind ourselves that we must learn to walk before we run. However, I can guarantee we might try to run a bit during this event,” 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.
Barnes, currently stationed in Sector Miami’s Incident Management Division where she was awarded a Coast Guard Achievement Medal in April for her efforts as a Marine Environmental Response Branch Director during Hurricane Irma, is supported by this maritime service in her Olympic campaign. This support is in recognition of Barnes sailing talents and for the exceptional added skills she will bring back to the U.S. Coast Guard in her role as an officer after the Olympics.
A Busy Four Months
Since officially teaming up in April, Team Perfect Vision Sailing’s Barnes and Dallman Weiss have lost no time in kicking off their campaign in three key ways.
First, the duo assembled a brain trust of advisors to offer feedback on immediate and long-term campaign strategy. This advisory board includes past Olympians and spans nationwide with members from Florida, New England and California as well as Coast Guard and non-Coast Guard members.
Secondly, Barnes and Dallman Weiss accepted the donation of a hurricane damaged 470. They started repairs in Florida, lashed the vessel rooftop and drove to Newport, Rhode Island, where they successfully splashed the fully rebuilt 470 in June. The ‘Fletch’ is now ready for Olympic-level training partners to spar with the women as they train. Earlier this summer, the women practiced one-on-one against the USA’s three-time Olympic Men’s 470 helmsman, Stuart McNay, and crew David Hughes.
Third, and most importantly, Barnes and Dallman Weiss have and continue to follow a strict and well-organized daily schedule that includes trainer-led muscle-building gym work and on-the-water practice. This strategic routine first started in Florida, where the duo sailed from the U.S. Sailing Training Center in Miami and continued as they followed the seasonal breeze north since May where they have sailed out of Sail Newport, in Newport. Along the way, the team’s hi-caliber coaches have included Bill Shore, Skip Whyte, Larry Suter and Lucas Calabrese.
Success in Long Island
In their first regatta together as a team, Perfect Vision Sailing’s Barnes and Dall-man Weiss finished first in the Women’s Division at the 470 National Championships and second overall after McNay and Hughes in 470 Men, in the first leg of the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series. This event was held July 14 and 15 out of the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, New York.
“The Nationals provided a great opportunity for us to see how well we do as a team and how we measure up against the other U.S. teams,” 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. “We learned a lot and had some big takeaways before heading to the Worlds in Denmark.
Aarhus & After
Like Oakcliff, the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, will enable Barnes and Dallman Weiss to evaluate themselves as a team and benchmark themselves against competitors who crucially will be the other Women’s 470 teams they may meet in Tokyo. The women will not only honor the U.S. at this event, but the U.S. Coast Guard as well. In fact, Barnes plans to commemorate Coast Guard Day on August 4, while in Denmark, by flying the U.S. Coast Guard flag during competition to honor the Long Blue line.
“This fall, we will use the knowledge gained in Aarhus to push hard on what we need to work on and to gear up before we start traveling on the European circuit next spring,” says Barnes.
Upcoming, major events in which Team Perfect Vision Sailing’s Barnes and Dallman Weiss will compete are the second and third leg of the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, October 13 to 14 and October 20 to 21, respectively, and the 2019 World Cup Series Miami, USA, January 27 to February 3.
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Just in from training hard in Newport, Rhode Island. Big waves, lots of shredding the gnar. Less than three weeks until our next event, the 470 U.S. National Championships and first leg of the Triple Crown Series at Oakcliff in Oyster Bay, New York, July 14-15. www.oakcliffsailing.org
The Newport Daily News spotted Perfect Vision Sailing Team NikkiLara on the water on Tuesday!