Meet CGSC’s champion Laser sailors David Perez and Daniel O’Farrill. The teenagers, who have competed with the world’s best sailors at the ISAF Sailing World Cup, credit the club and their coaches, Hernan Peralta, Toni Mier and Marco Casciola, with giving them the opportunity to succeed and helping them to fulfill their college sailing and Olympic dreams. Here David, 16, and Daniel, 17, tell their stories.
“I started sailing in Spain when I was seven as I wanted to try something related to the ocean. I began sailing Optis in a summer camp and I really liked it. After four years of training, I got top 20 at Nationals. At 14, I had to look for another sailing class. I moved to Lasers 4.7, and found great success winning the National Championships. My father had to move to Miami for work. and I had to find a new club and team. CGSC offers the best environment and facilities to train. I have a close relationship with my coaches and the team, and sailing on Biscayne Bay is the best in the world. I went to ISAF Sailing World Cup this year. It was hard, but sailing with the some of the most talented sailors in the world has inspired me.”
“Since I was a little kid I always liked sports. I tried them all, but only did them for about a year. I was at a sailing club in Mexico when I saw my first Opti. I was impressed and felt a connection. I joined the club and worked hard to get on to the team. I was 10 and to me sailing was freedom, like driving my own car and going wherever I wanted. I sailed the Opti for two and half years and became State Champion twice in 2011 and 2012. I knew what I wanted to do next, and began sailing Lasers 4.7. Lasers require strength and discipline as you have to be very fit and know what you are doing. At my first National regatta I got 9th place, and in 2014 I became Mexico’s Laser 4.7 National Champion. My family decided to move to the US for a better life. I picked Miami because sailing was so important, and found the club. CGSC feels like home to me and is my second family.”