Coach Boat: July 2012

It’s Summer and leap year – that means it’s time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have spent many years getting ready for these next few months. Many sailors on our team have had the goal of standing on the podium at the Games since they were junior sailors. They have worked so hard and are making it happen. For all of our sailors it all started with sailing when they were younger. Therefore it is so exciting for me to see the high level of activity in our Development classes.

We have had Laser, Radial, 29er, I420, Techno 293, RS:X, Finn and other sailors from our US Sailing Development Team compete in many international events and many making great progress. Seeing our sailors compete at Kiel Week, ISAF World Cup event in Medemblik, etc is a great sign of what the future holds. Last week Mitchell Kiss won the bronze medal at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, and he, along with the other members of the 2012 Youth Worlds Team, will fight hard for medals in Ireland at the ISAF Youth Worlds. We also have a lot of sailors making the move to the 49er FX, Nacra 17 and Kitesurfing. It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm and I am sure we will come out strong in those new Olympic classes.

At the end of June our very impressive Match Race teams won the Silver and Bronze medals at the ISAF Women’s Match Race Worlds. Anna, Molly and Debbie took the Silver, while Sally, Elizabeth and Alana took the Bronze. I am sure that Anna, Molly and Debbie are looking for a different color medal in Weymouth.

Our team is ready. We have gone through all the steps now and are making the final preparations before starting our quest in Weymouth. We know we are fast, we know we can get off the starting line, so now we will just let it happen. Yes, there will be a lot of pressure from many directions, but we are ready for what ever happens. I always get asked questions about if we would prefer light air, heavy air, waves or flat water etc. And my answer is always that we are ready for anything. We have spent many days in Weymouth and it feels like our second home now.

To finish off with a great line from Disney’s Mary Poppins musical: “Anything can happen, if you let it”. That is exactly what we plan on doing. We look forward to creating magic with you and sharing the success of our team.

Kenneth Andreasen

High Performance Director and Head Coach

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