At age 8, Conner Harding participated in his very first sailing summer camp and hated it. “Sailing is too slow and boring,” Conner said to his parents. For the rest of the camp, Conner watched sailing from the coach boats. Soon enough, Conner gave sailing a second chance and decided that he would devote his future towards mastering the sport. Since then, Conner has placed top ten in numerous National and International Optimist regattas. His previous fleet racing skills helped him kick off his Laser career by taking home the win at Nationals in his first ever Laser 4.7 regatta. Later, Conner went on to compete in the High School Singlehanded Championship, but when the Laser no longer satisfied his hunger for speed, he turned towards the 29er class and has been sailing the boat for over a year and a half now. Conner made the decision to come to Oakcliff, because he thought a little professional training in the world of match racing couldn’t hurt his future resume.