Hobie Sailor of the Month: December, 2013
Matt Long - Hobie Sailor of the Month
Dos Pueblos High School Senior Matt Long captured the Cressy Trophy at the ISSA National High School Singlehanded Championship, hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, R.I. on November 1-3. Eighteen of the nation’s top Laser sailors battled it out over ten races. Long won five races to win the National Championship by three points.
"My keys to victory were knowing the tides, working as hard as I could and having a great coach," said Long. "Nick Kaschak has been coaching me for years and he was the one that provided me with key information about the venue such as the tides. By knowing the tides I was able to understand when the current was ebbing or flooding which was an important factor while sailing in Newport, Rhode Island. After sailing in Newport, I was more tired than I had ever been after sailing. The reason behind my exhaustion was that I wanted to win this competition more than anything. This year was my last year sailing the competition and I wanted to put everything I had into it," he explained.
Long commented about what he likes most about the Laser. "I enjoy laser sailing the most because when I sail a laser I'm sailing on my own and I have nobody to blame but myself for my performance, which gives me no excuse if situations don't go the way I planned. I also enjoy laser sailing due to how physical a sailor needs to be within the boat in order to succeed."
Long learned how to sail in Santa Barbara with the Santa Barbara Sea Shells Association around the age of 8. He moved up to the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation, which is coached by the Willie McBride.
Learn more about Matt Long's performance at the High School National Championships.