>Rolex Miami OCR: Paralympic Trials

>Good morning all -

Today is Day 5 of the 2012 Rolex Miami OCR, with the Olympic Class Medal Races tomorrow. But the Paralympic Classes conclude today, which means that in a few hours we’ll know the six sailors who will represent the United States at the Games later this year. These sailors have worked for years for the right to represent their country, and it is no small commitment. It’s a great honor to go the Games, and we’ll celebrate our winners appropriately and thoroughly over the next few months.

Last month while we were in Perth at the Olympic Class worlds, I wrote a post in this blog about feeling a bond with those who don’t win their trials. The winners deserve to be celebrated, but those who do not win deserve celebration just as much. Because what really needs to be acknowledged and celebrated is the commitment and the willingness to put yourself and your life on the line, and work towards a Trials win. My heart and my attention always immediately go towards those who gave it a huge shot but didn’t get the outcome they wanted. There is plenty of time to celebrate our winners and Games representatives between now and their opening ceremony. But let’s make sure to spend some time to pat those who do not win on the back and give them a well-deserved “nice job.”

Elsewhere, keep an eye on the 49ers today. Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are one point out of first, with a nice gap forming behind them, so they can focus on moving up. They’ve been sailing great. Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan also had a great day, and are not in 5th. Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih are also in 5th in the Star, with only nine points separating 5th from 1st. And Stu McNay and Graham Biehl had a 2 in the first race, followed by a collision in the second that forced them to drop out. They’ll be back in action today, but have been sailing well.

Good stuff for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

Sail fast,

Dean Brenner
Chairman and Team Leader
US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program

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