For Hobart junior Michael Deady’13, his return from a semester abroad was the beginning of his next big adventure.
Two weeks after Deady returned from a semester in Jordan, he began a stint of international sailing in Europe, competing at the Kieler Woche event in Kiel, Germany and then training for the 2012 29er World Championships in Travemunde, Germany.
Deady sailed with fellow California resident Tyler Macdonald, who sails for the Roger Williams sailing team. “I’ve been sailing against Tyler the whole time I’ve sailed 29ers, last summer we decided to sail the North Americans together, which we won. After that we decided to keep sailing together,” he says.
The sailors continued to perform well all summer. Out of a field of more than 90 boats from 13 countries, the team placed 6th in Kiel.
“We were fairly happy with how we did, ” says Deady. “The event provided a nice warm up for us for World Championships.”
Competition at the World Championship event was more intense with 220 boats from 24 countries and three days of qualifying events. Deady and Macdonald placed 17th in the world after running in the top 10 for a portion of the event.
“We both learned a lot at this event, especially in the 54 boat Gold Fleet where the consequences for even the smallest mistake were exacerbated,” explains Deady. “We are quite happy with finishing in the top 20, this was the largest and one of the most competitive 29er Worlds ever.”
The event was a challenge for the team, especially when winds were light. “One of the most challenging aspects is staying mentally focused during a race in which you are doing poorly. It’s easy to get really frustrated with how you are doing and allow that to impact your sailing,” he says. “We sailed 18 races over six days, there are a lot of opportunities to do well over the course of the event, but you never will be able to sail you best if you don’t think you can.”
Deady is an international relations major and an economics minor. He spent the Spring 2012 semester abroad in Amman, Jordan. On campus, he is an active member of Americans for an Informed Democracy and the HWS sailing team. While sailing for HWS, Deady helped the team to a 13th place finish at the Southern New England Team Race and placed fifth in the A Division at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. This past season, the HWS sailing team placed third in the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship with a cumulative record of 10-7. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ sailing team finished third in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/APS Team Race National Championship.