(Photo Credit: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway) Laser Sailor Thad Lettsome wrapped up his sailing competition in Paracas, Peru on Thursday, with the best day of competition.
LIMA, Peru—Thad Lettsome wrapped up the BVI’s 18th Pan Am Games appearance by its four athletes, with his best performance during four highly competitive days of racing against the Americas best Laser Sailors in Paracas, Peru on Thursday.
In his final two races of the competition, the 17-year old debutant who carried the flag during the July 26 opening ceremonies, finished 11th in his first race—after being in fifth place then capsizing—and 16th in his second run. He placed 19th overall.
“The best day on paper but also a better day than it showed, because the first race especially, we executed the plan perfectly and ended up rounding the first three marks in fifth,” he said. “Definitely the best three legs of the race and the best race by far, then I capsized. I was in sixth after that—it didn’t affect a lot—but it did affect me distance wise. I was close to the back of boats behind me, I didn’t manage them well and on the last upwind, some of them passed me and I ended up eleventh.”
The Games he said, has been a great learning experience and he know that he has to work on everything to improve—fitness, how he steers the boat in different conditions and sail trim.
“Everything needs to be better rounded,” said Lettsome, who has decided on the Laser as the boat he will sail into the future.
Coach Alec Anderson said Lettsome was able to put the things together they had been discussing about the process in the last race.
“That race alone proves that he can commit, keep his head down, work hard on the process and it was really cool to see,” Anderson said. “What I’ve been preaching here, is as long as we’re focused on the process of improving, getting as much out of this experience as possible, in four years, he can come back, give it a go and compete for a medal. That’s the most important thing and I think Thad has done a tremendous job with that. I’m very proud of him for sticking it out, keeping his head down, keeping the preparations the same, following the plan day in and day out, focusing on the process, he should be proud of himself too.”