We are so proud of our pipeline program and the results we are seeing from our talented next generation of Olympic sailors. The team coming home from the ISAF Youth Worlds with three silver medals shows that we have the next group of sailors ready to successfully move into Olympic class boats.
Morgan Kiss/Christina Lewis in the I420, Antoine Screve/Mac Agnese in the 29er and Erika Reineke in the Radial all won silver medals and we are so proud of their hard work. In addition Erika and Mitchell Kiss finished 1st and 4th, respectively, at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds.
A truly fantastic sign for us is that we have even more sailors posting good results, both domestically and internationally.
We just announced the details of the 2012 US Sailing Development Team. We hope to see all our talented sailors at the ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier at Alamitos Bay YC in mid-January and Rolex Miami OCR in Miami, FL at the end of January for a chance to qualify for our new teams.
Our Paralympic sailors have mostly been back in training mode following competition at the IFDS World Championship where we brought home SKUD-18 silver.
On the Olympic class team, we just completed the Olympic Test event in Weymouth and came away from that regatta with two bronze medals (Sally, Elizabeth and Alana in Women’s Match Racing and Paige in the Radial). We are happy with that, but know that we can do much more. It was a windy regatta and several of our sailors are working on adding more weight. We are all focused on that as our Worlds (second part of our US Olympic selection and the Olympic country qualification) and it will likely be a windy regatta.
We have now sailed two events in Weymouth this year and both have been very windy. It would be easy for us to base our preparations on that fact, but next year we will have a team capable of medaling in several classes no matter what the wind is. We have all been to events and heard “it’s never like this.” The two weeks leading up to the Test Event, we did not see over 10 knots, so really anything can happen come August 2012.
Our sailors go into hard training mode now and all classes have a full schedule set up for September through December. In October we will all meet in Colorado Springs, at the USOC Training Center, to check in on physical progress and make final adjustments to meet our targets.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters. You all make our dreams possible and we promise you that we are working hard to get on the podium and make every one of you proud.
Kenneth Andreasen is the High Performance Director/Head Coach