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Monday, February 13, 2012

TGS Winter Update

  • North American Champions—Coconut Grove, FL
  • 5th at Miami Olympic Class Regatta
  • Leading ISAF World Cup Series
  • Moved up to 6th in overall ISAF World Rankings
  • Lauderdale Yacht Club Reception February 21, 5:30 pm
  • Up next: Miami training, Colorado fitness camp, then off to Europe!
Hello Race Fans!

Though we took a couple weeks off to celebrate the holidays and decompress from our Australia trip, Team GO SAIL has been back on the water for a month now. We’ve competed in two regattas as well as several short training camps, all taking place down in Miami. Really, we’re just aiming to continue our streak of sunny venues as long as possible! All kidding aside, we’ve been running full steam ahead since we got back in the boat, and have been working hard to tighten up our game. Now that we’ve been selected for the Olympics, we can turn our full focus towards our final goal: bringing home a medal at the Games. To do that, we have planned an aggressive schedule—we will be on the road 150 of the final 200 days leading up to the games—but we feel it is the best way to get where we want to be.

It was awesome to have our first event after qualification be held in the United States— it was just incredible to feel the energy and excitement from everyone at home. The 470 North Americans were held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club from January 15-17, and with a variety of conditions and a strong international fleet in attendance, it was the perfect event to get back in the swing of things. The men and women sailed in a combined fleet, which always provides a different challenge. We were focusing on refining our communication in the boat as well as improving our starting technique, which was an area in which we struggled at the Worlds. After three days of picture perfect sailing, we made great strides in both of these areas, and as the icing on the cake, we were crowned North American Champions!

Amanda & Sarah North American Champions

We then completed a week long camp with the US Men’s Olympic reps, Stu McNay and Graham Biehl, in which we focused intensely on boathandling and maneuvers for the pre-start, and worked towards establishing a repeatable pattern that we are comfortable with. Udi Gal, recently appointed official US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 470 Women’s coach, led us through this camp with helpful tips from his many years on the 470 circuit as a crew for Israel. We are excited to announce that he will be guiding Team GO SAIL all the way through the Games in August!

Next up was the Rolex Miami Olympic Class Regatta (RMOCR), the second stop of the 2012 World Cup tour. The event started off slow, with light air plaguing the first few days of racing, but it did give us an excellent opportunity to solidify the work that we have been doing to optimize our light air speed and handling. As the week progressed, the breeze built, with absolute champagne sailing on the final day of the series. Unfortunately, the perfect 15 knots that we had on Friday had completely died by the medal race on Saturday, and we were left with a very sloppy, very choppy 0-4 knots to decide the final standings. Around the windward mark of the medal race, we were in position to nab the silver from the Brits, but some difficult decisions on the downwind in no wind and massive spectator/coach boat wake left us fighting in the back of the pack. We finished the race a disappointing 9th, and thus we finished the regatta in 5th overall. Bummed as we were to not be on the podium, we learned a lot about how to handle no-wind situations and will take these lessons forward. We did, however, debut our very patriotic new racing tights!

Big thanks to Running Funky for supporting Team GO SAIL!
Both the ISAF World Rankings and the World Cup Circuit rankings are updated after each event, and TGS is proud to have moved up to 6th in the world (we were previously ranked 11th). Even more exciting, we are currently leading the World Cup!

Looking forward, we will be back in Miami next week for some more training with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 470s as well as a few international training partners. We will also be hosting a reception at the Lauderdale Yacht Club (1725 Southeast 12th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL) on February 21 at 5:30 pm—if you’re in the area, come say hello in person!

Following camp in Miami, we head directly out to Colorado Springs for more physical fitness training as well as some official how-to-be-an-Olympian programs we must complete prior to going to the Games. After that is a week at home, and then it is straight to Europe to get the car, boats, and trailers all assembled and ready to race in Palma de Mallorca for the first week of April.

Even though we have already come so far, we can’t keep moving forward without your continued support. It is only with your help that we are able to train and work to bring home the medal at the end of this. If you can, please consider a tax-deductible donation. We have set up an easy PayPal check out at our website, www.teamgosail.org.

Train Hard and Sail Fast,

Amanda and Sarah

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Team GO SAIL would like to thank the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and all of the USSTAG sponsors: Title Sponsor AlphaGraphics, Gold level partners Rolex Watch USA and Atlantis WeatherGear, Silver partners Sperry Top-Sider LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube and Trinity Yachts, and Bronze partners New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning, and Bow Down Training.

Team GO SAIL is also supported by The Shelter Island Yacht Club, The New York Yacht Club, The Lauderdale Yacht Club, The Sailing Foundation of New York and the Southport Sailing Foundation's Clever Pig Sailing Team.