As 2010 is coming to a close, at least what regattas are concerned, we can look back at a very successful season. We accomplished many goals and we have made some great strides forward on many of the development projects we started this year.
There is no doubt that our goal is to win as many medals as possible in Weymouth in 2012, both at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And when it comes to the Olympics, medals are how we measure success. However, in the years and months leading up to the games, we have to be able to take a step back and make sure that we thoroughly go through the process of developing the right sails, spars and hulls at the same time as improving our boat handling and technique, even if that means that we see a short set back in the results. Again, it all matters in the Summer of 2012.
All of our teams are working really hard and are on track! We have seen a steady improvement and everyone is working with our fantastic team of coaches. We are training a lot and most weeks see training on the water 5 times a week and going to the gym 6 times a week – almost like a real job. Well, for many of our athletes Olympic sailing is their full time occupation.
Let’s look at some results. In 2010 our Olympic Class teams had 48 top 10 finishes, 28 top 5 finishes and 18 podium finishes. Our Paralympic classes also won 6 medals in just 3 events. When you add our Development Teams results of 3 medals at the Youth Worlds (more medals than any other country), winning the radial youth worlds, bronze at the radial worlds (men), and the silver medal at the I420 Worlds, we can only conclude that 2010 was very successful.
We know that everyone is stepping up their game in the months to come, so we have a good plan in place to work even harder. We still have a lot of work to do. And we are up for the task. We thank you for your support and appreciate you helping us achieve our goals.