Our sailors and coaches have been hard at work over the last month. With more training at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres, we spent a lot of hours on the water.
Currently our sailors are going through all the steps of finalizing equipment choices and making sure that everything is ready before the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth in early June. For our Olympic sailors, this event is the first step of qualifying for the Olympics in 2012. The Paralympic sailors are going to Sail for Gold to prepare for the IFDS Worlds, also in Weymouth. This will be the last chance for us to qualify the country in the Sonar and 2.4mR for the Paralympic Games in 2012.
While we continue to work as a team, we also give each team the possibility to manage their own schedules and make the decisions on how to best prepare for this event. It works well and while we keep learning from each other, the sailors are also competitors all trying to win the trials.
I am so proud of our sailors’ efforts. We have so many truly professional sailors on our team and as we start seeing the results we are working hard to achieve, it gives us even more motivation to get closer to our overall goal. From a program stand point, our ultimate goal is to win medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. That means that we have to peak 14 months from now. So in looking at the results, we had six teams in the top six in Palma, then moved on to take home four medals in Hyeres. That is great progress. I am sure we will see more of our teams putting things together in future events, of course all culminating in 2012.
Our Paralympic sailors have been training hard. Two 2.4mRs and a Sonar traveled to Hyeres and our Sonar won the bronze medal. In the 2.4mR class we saw some good signs that we belong at the top of that fleet. We are very excited to see the SKUD-18 teams compete in Sail for Gold. They have been training hard all Spring and have made some good speed gains.
As we move ahead to the Sail for Gold regatta, we want to continue learning more about the venue and also eliminate some of the mistakes we have learned from in the past events. As our sailors have learned, sailing is a game of consistency and that is where we will work on improving our game.
It will be a very exciting month ahead and we look forward to checking in on our status and then make a plan for the next cycle leading up to the Worlds in Perth and finally the final cycle before the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
High Performance Director/Head Coach