Tagged: Sailing

What’s next now that Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing events have ended? Hope.

Estimated reading time 20 minutes – EDITORIAL – The spectacle that lasted 10 days on the beautiful waters of Enoshima Island, Japan, was something to behold—110 fleet races taking place in 6 race areas filled the horizon with 250 boats and boards. Hope brought 350 sailors there to capture one of the 30 medals to be awarded in 10 classes of boat/board categories. However, in 2020, the pandemic had put our lives on a roller coaster and turned our lives upside down. It must have been very hard for athletes to prepare themselves for years, bodily as well as mentally, for the summer of 2020 only to find themself in an abyss of forced cancellation of events due to the pandemic. That anti-climatic moment perhaps...

OPEN LETTER ON TOKYO 2020

8/5/2021 – By Paul Cayard, Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing To supporters of our team, I am departing Japan today after absorbing the Olympic environment, observing our team in action and getting pointers from old friends who have been running teams in this game for decades.  It has been a great opportunity for me as I embark on what I expect to be a seven-year mission of leading the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team back to the top of the podium. Our team prepared hard for the last five years and raced with intensity and professionalism here on the big stage. While we were not medal favorites in any event, each of our 13 Olympians were competitive in the most elite field of play in...

5 ways to love your woman captain at the helm – Part 3

Estimated reading time, 14 minutes – Have you heard of Anne Bonny? How about Mary Read? What about Mary Ann DeGraw? If your answer is “no,” let me introduce them to you. These are the names of three woman captains at the helm having full control. Mary Read was an English woman who led a normal life until her husband died. Then, forsaking everything to fill the void in her heart, she took to the sea. Anne Bonny was a wild, reckless, fascinating woman who was never able to deny her passions. She did whatever she pleased and took whatever she wanted.  Then comes Mary Ann DeGraw. She is another woman captain, but much, much different—pleasant and the type of woman captain that everyone, man...

5 ways to love your woman captain at the helm – Part 2

Estimated reading time 15 minutes – For serious pleasure boaters, one of a captain’s most useful habits is to keep a log. On ships, they call it the ship´s log, the logbook, or simply the log. It’s an important document capturing a detailed record of the events related to boat management, operation, and navigation. Now, I want you to imagine that you are looking at your actual notes in the narrative log of your sailboat. “I am heading from Peterhead, Scotland to Eyemouth, England. That is about only 50 miles journey. [Depending on the winds, that is about 6 – 9 hours trip] “For Eyemouth, the cruising guide says ‘A busy fishing harbor, safe in any weather but not to be approached in strong winds...