>It’s been a busy week for the GET Sailing Team and we’re still right in the middle of the action. We regrouped as a team in Miami last Saturday to begin a great four days of training with our coach, Match Racing World Champion Bill Hardesty, and USSTAG Teammates Team Tunnicliffe. With light air for most of the week we focused on developing some new boathandling techniques, refining our pre-start strategies, and experimenting with different mark rounding and penalty-burning tactics.
Overall it was an excellent week of training out of Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Thanks to everyone at KBYC and to Sail Sheboygan for the use of the Elliotts. Also, special thanks to the Sharp family (and their pets) for housing our team for the last two training sessions and making us feel at home far away from our own homes. Thanks as well to Bill for working with our teams for the first time, bringing a fresh perspective and some interesting ideas to our match racing game. Best of luck to him in the World Match Racing Tour this year – we hope to work with him again.
We flew straight from Miami to Colorado Springs yesterday to begin an intense four days of physical training at the US Olympic Training Center with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and the US Sailing Development Team. We have a loaded schedule with physical testing and training as well as nutritional, strength/conditioning, media and psychological talks to up our game both on the water and off.
Yesterday began with our boat specific testing (tacking and arm-strength), agility testing, max pushups and planks, and the cardio endurance running beep test. We finished off the day with an hour of yoga. Watching all of the USSTAG and USSDT attempt to do the ‘crow pose’ (a handstand with knees on elbows) was definitely an interesting moment! We have a lot more information coming at us today and are looking forward to more hydration testing and the infamous swim test tomorrow before we head home after some team-building activities on Sunday.
Thanks to our supporters and sponsors, the Olympic Sailing Association at New Orleans, the St. Francis Yacht Club Foundation, and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and its sponsors. And a big thanks to everyone here at the Olympic Training Facility helping us become the ‘fittest sailing team on the planet’!
Genny, Alice, and Jenn
Genny Tulloch, Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin are Team Get Sailing