Many times over the past months and years, I have asked myself…what are the signs that we are on the right track. Is it solely that we are producing results at large international events, or are there also other factors that play into that equation? Naturally we want to see results, but we always have to keep in mind that the best way of measuring ourselves against the competition, is at large international events. So, when some of our teams are not necessarily sailing to their full potential it may be because we are testing certain elements that long term will make a difference.
When it comes to sail testing, we can do line ups all days long, but we won’t truly know how the sail goes until we try to hold our lanes off the starting lines. And testing the latest reaching techniques can be done with our training partners, but again, being able to compare yourself to the other top sailors of the world at an event, in traffic, is the truest test.
Our team always evaluates where we are and where we are going. We methodically attack each area of sailing that we need to improve on. We spend many hours on the water practicing and then keep training during regattas.
We just finished the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth and I am happy to report that we are nearly there. Our goal was to be able to compete for medals in as many classes as possible, and when looking at each team, we are getting close. We did not medal in all the classes, but we know what mistakes we made. The task at hand is to eliminate these errors when competing at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Our team is fast. It’s super exciting to know that our sailors are among the fastest in the world. And we all know that speed helps. Combined with our extensive current study over the past several years, we now have a complete understanding of the conditions in Portland and Weymouth. We also have a mentally strong team. We all are there for each other and know that we can count on each other for support. There are many pressures, whether that be competing at the Games for the first time, being the home team, being a favorite going into the Games etc. We all put pressure on ourselves in some form and as a team we have grown stronger on dealing with these and turning them into motivators for us.
I hope that we get to meet many of you at our team send off party in Larchmont, NY on July 14. If you come join us, I am sure you will meet a very focused team and talk to many future medalists.
We thank you for your continued support.
High Performance Director/Head Coach