At the Helm, Dean Brenner – April 2011

I was sitting in my office in Wallingford, CT every day last week, trying to get some work done. But when our team is competing at an event, it’s really hard for me to concentrate on anything else. We’re in the home stretch now, our Olympic Team Selection is underway, and every event matters. And, it’s a lot easier to follow the action from afar now than it ever has been before.

I love going to events because you get to see the program up close and personal. You can see it, hear it, smell it and there is no replacement for seeing the team in action. But most of us don’t (or can’t) go to lots of events, so we’ve been putting a big effort in over the last two years to bring directly to you the sights and sounds of our team. While I love going to the events, I also enjoy sitting at home and absorbing the stories of our team from afar. It’s just as instructive to see how we are communicating with the rest of the world and the fans of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

Our team’s efforts to connect with you through blog posts, FacebookTwitter and our website are better than ever. We’re bringing you video clips, just-stepped-off-the-boat audio interviews, photos, up-to-the-minute results and updates… it’s great to see. Over the next 16 months we’ll be doing even more to bring the action straight to you as we gear up for the Games in 2012.

The more time I spend around our athletes, the more I understand how hard it is to succeed at this level.  These events are a great challenge, and the margins between winning and not are razor thin. One bad day, and even one bad race or one bad start, can be the difference between being on the podium and not.

If you are a fan of sailing, you should be following the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. These athletes are doing everything they can, every single day, to be their best and they are fighting for the right and the honor of representing the USA next year at the Games. If a group of committed, articulate, talented, physically fit athletes, all of whom put their lives on hold just for the chance to represent their country, isn’t the pinnacle of sport, then I just don’t know what is.

I hope you’ll follow along with me.

Sail fast,

Dean Brenner
Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee

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