>Following the Action in Palma

>The action in Palma ends tomorrow, and it’s been a great week. Our sailors are in the hunt in a whole bunch of classes. The team looks good, the team is working hard, and the racing has been really close.

But if it sounds like I’m in Palma, I’m not. I’ve been watching the action from my Wallingford, CT office, via Tweetdeck, by downloading all the audio, photos and videos on our website, and by reading nightly posts from our athletes’ blogs, websites and Facebook pages. I go to a number of events each year, but not all of them. It’s great to be at the event to see how things look up close. And it’s also great to watch from afar once in a while to see how we’re communicating with the rest of the world. And the simple fact is that I love what I see. I love being able to see our athletes in action and hear their voices.

I hope you’re following along also because over the next 16 months we’ll be doing even more to bring the action to you leading up to the Games next year.

What I have seen this week is that Olympic class racing remains the pinnacle of one design sailing. There are talented, fit and committed athletes from all over the world, and these Sailing World Cup events are tough. The margins are razor thin, and one bad day (or in some cases, one bad race) can mean the difference between being on the podium or not.

If you’re 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 are fighting for the right and the honor of representing the USA next year at the Games. If a group of committed, articulate, talented, and fit athletes, all of whom put their lives on hold just for the chance to represent their country, isn’t the pinnacle of sailing, then I just don’t know what is.

Sail fast,

Dean Brenner
Chairman (and fan)
US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program

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