Not everyone is a winner at the Olympics, but there are many who spend months and years preparing for the same, qualifying for the different events. Indeed, there is much focus on the winners as those who lose their opportunities are left behind in the shadows.
For them, however, it is necessary to know and remember some aspects of participating in an epic event like Olympics. It is true that being at the venue you would be awed by the halo of the five rings that represent the Olympic circus and the winners who have walked on the podiums and claimed their position and fame.
Even though it might be tough to hang around such participants later and feel like a second class citizen, that is a feeling that is only for those specific days and hours. Once you have come back to your own world you will realize how far you have gone and the feats that you have achieved, pushing yourself to be part of the Olympics event, being there and putting in all your effort and concentration for a possible win. Such aspects make every participant unique and incredible and society will always honor what you have strived to achieve.
There would be many who would start preparing for the next Olympics again, 2020. Many will feel that they have unfinished business and they need to get down to training again, possibly with a break and a week where they can rent a yacht in Croatia after all the hard work and effort that has gone in the preparations and events in the past few months.
Many might want to put their focus to other things, deciding that the four years they had put in was too big a sacrifice and a path that is best travelled once. No matter what you decide, being part of the Olympics is an achievement by oneself and one should bask in the glory.
Sailing is not always about racing but it can be a sport with a healing touch. This is the offered as the perfect example by SailAhead. This is founded by Sean and Kilian Duclay from Huntington Station, New York who offer sailing as a therapy for US armed forces veterans in order to help them heal the scars of war experiences.
The brothers talk about their background and how their parents have helped them develop a passion for sailing. Sean, who is only seventeen years of age, talks about how their parents always owned a boat and their current possession is a Beneteau 411. The parents also sailed with a Hobie Cats model for a long time and the brothers sailed the boat with their parents till 2012. Continue reading The Story Of SailAhead
The Sarasota Viper Winter Series 2015-16 started on 12th December with twenty-three teams contending in the 8-race event, the 1st of 3 that would take place in Sarasota, FL. The first day of the Winter Series began with sunny skies, 80-degree weather as well as 8-10 knots of breeze from the east, with a lot of shifts to see squads go from zero to hero and the return again.
After one desolated start, Danny Pletsch and his crew took the 1st bullet in a race which saw participants able to work both parts of the course as the breeze sank in.
The remaining races of the day experienced a peak in the breeze in the low teens with a few full hiking moments, as well as a few rides downhill. Zeke Horowitz won the 2nd add the 3rd race, Danny Pletsch took the final race to end the day in the lead with 7 points, with Zeke having 9 points and Peter Beardsley with 10 points. The fleet’s balance had some great racing with a lot of benefits and losses in the up and down breeze.
The second day started with a 10 am start sequence along with a breeze in 10-12 knot range from north-east. Danny Pletsch emerged of the blocks quick again and took race one. By the 2nd race, the air was on and the crews checked on rig tautness as the conditions took its “max fun” mode. Zeke and crew had a day adding only 7 points to their score.