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At the Helm September 2011

OSC Chair Dean Brenner's monthly report

There is a cycle and a rhythm to the calendar of Olympic Sailing. Winter time means training and racing in Miami at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR. Spring time means Spain, France and Holland for the ISAF Sailing World Cup stops. Summer means Weymouth and maybe Kiel. And fall usually means being home. If there is an “off season” in Olympic sailing, this is it.

So what are we doing during this period? Lots of things. Our sailors are doing some training, recuperating, getting stronger, maybe gaining or losing some weight. Our coaches are part of all of that, and they are working on the winter and spring plans with their athletes. Our leadership team is putting together budgets and the overall performance plan for 2012. The fall is always all about planning, planning, planning.

But this year, the fall is also about planning and preparing for Perth. Staring in mid-November our sailors and coaches will begin to descend on Perth, in western Australia, for the ISAF Combined World Championships. Boats are already in containers and on their way, and our team will soon follow.

This event will be enormous. It is the world championship in all ten Olympic class events, and there will be well over 1000 sailors competing. In addition, it is the final USA Trials event in nine of those events, except for women’s match racing. We’ll be down there, en masse, with a large team for this critical event.

We’re on the final leg of the four-year quadrennium. The Games, Olympic and Paralympic, are each less than a year away. We have lots to do, and this fall is about ticking things off those “to do” lists.

Thanks for following along. We have plenty of exciting days ahead.

Sail fast,
Dean Brenner

excerpted from The Medalist, Sept. 2011