Because the Garda Olympic Week and Delta Lloyd Regatta aren't World Cup events, the number of races and format were slightly different, but were still a spinoff of ISAF's World Cup test format. The boards were scheduled to race 17 races over 5 days, meaning 4 races per day and one medal race on the final day. Although the number of races was high, the courses were a bit shorter and during both events, conditions permitted four races per day to happen easily.
Although the regattas progressed as planned, with 3-4 races per day and only one day of waiting for wind in Lake Garda, ISAF's new scoring system again proved itself to be flawed. At the Garda Olympic Week, despite winning 10 out of the 14 series races, British sailor Bryony Shaw finished in second place due to the "carry forward" scoring between the race series and the medal race. In the men's fleet during the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Dorian van Risselberghe, the 2012 Gold medalist, again won the majority of the races. Although he was in first going into the medal race, a poor finish removed him from the podium altogether.
As for my personal experience, I underperformed at each event. However, it is no longer a mystery to me why. I worked with a Spanish coach during Medemblik, and essentially, a new door is going to open for me soon in terms of tactics. The speed I developed this winter is pretty good, but I have been making errors I wasn't aware of. My new homework is to accelerate learning this element of competition.
I'm now back in Maryland for a short break before our European Championships in Brest, France. I am looking forward to this next event as tactical training and a chance to win additional funding. Brest is a tricky spot and will be a great opportunity to learn.