out with grace
Genny Tulloch wraps it up her Olympic campaign…
I’m not going to lie, it is very hard to write this email, as we are still incredibly disappointed. But we are exceptionally proud of our US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider teammates Anna, Molly, and Debbie, for winning the US Women’s Match Racing Olympic Trials. We would like to congratulate them on securing their berth to the Olympic Games. As the current World Champions and #1 ISAF World-ranked women’s match race team, they are a wonderful team to represent the US and we hope they bring home the Gold.
However, it’s been a pretty tough couple of days for our team after losing our own chance to qualify when we lost a very closely fought semi-final battle against Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, and Alana O’Reilly. We had a very close series, initially leading 3-2 after the first day, then going up 4-2, then losing the last races and ultimately the series 6-4. The score line really doesn’t reflect how close of a battle we had. In each race that we lost (except for one) we were overlapped or within a boat-length at the finish line, and there were lead-changes in almost every race. As a team we fought our hardest, and while the dice did not roll our way, we are very proud of our accomplishments and our teamwork, tenacity, and dedication over the past 3 years. Like we said in an interview yesterday, our path to the Olympics in this class against these American teams was like a dream of climbing Everest. And while we may not have made it to the top, the journey was equally important.
We have many, many people to thank for helping us every step of the way, from our families (in blood, marriage, and housing), to our friends, coaches, training partners, teammates, sponsors, and yacht clubs. We’d also like to thank the regatta organizers, race committee, and umpire team for running a great and, most importantly, fair Trials event this week. There was a huge US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider presence here, and we especially owe you all a big thank you for all of the support this week and over the past couple of years. Last but not least, a huge thanks to those sending their support from overseas, and those individuals and groups who have helped us monetarily throughout our campaign, including the St. Francis Yacht Club Foundation, the Olympic Sailing Association at New Orleans, the Ragnot Amateur Sailing Association, and the Chicago Match Race Center.
Although this portion of the journey has come to an end for us, we are all better, stronger individuals and friends because of it. We are looking forward to whatever the future holds and will be cheering loudly for Team USA in August. Go for the Gold!
All the best,
May 7th, 2012
We’re not big on dance contests (although we do love this video of Clean dirty dancing by himself), but when a former Sailor Chick of the Week looks and moves as well as Jessica Watson does, it’s worth a peek. We’ll have a report on Jess’s most recent race later this week
May 7th, 2012
Despite all the history, all the national pride, and all the big pockets in Australian sailing, we’re constantly confused that no one has been able to come up with the cash to fund an America’s Cup project. But hey, at least they can build the Titanic!
What’s more exciting than James Cameron re-releasing “Titanic” in 3-D? When an even richer man – Australia’s Clive Palmer – tries to bring the ill-fated ship to life. By building a modern replica of it.
The mining billionaire said Monday that he has commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard, a Chinese state-owned business, to construct a new Titanic from scratch. “Many people have attempted to do it before but have failed because they didn’t have the buy-in of a shipyard and didn’t have the money to pay for it,” he said.
The vessel will be made in its tragic predecessor’s image – “layouts … room décor and finish,” Palmer said – but will be fitted with newer technology. The process will start by the end of next year, with the ship set to sail by 2016. The original RMS Titanic sank a century ago, in April 1912.
May 7th, 2012
Kiter Patrick Rynne gives his reaction to the new Olympic Class…
When I checked the computer this morning for my daily dose of social media, the last thing I expected to see was the recent ISAF decision on including kiting in the Olympics. My reaction was a mix of stoked, shocked, confused, disbelief, and then more stoke. The flux of athletes that will take the leap into the kiting world because of this decision will likely be significant. Kiting will now be part of ISAF Olympic class events and hopefully sailing clubs across the world will start adopting kiting into their curriculums.
Sure, having the opportunity to campaign again and represent my country at the Games personally excites me, but not nearly as much as being able to share the racecourse with more people. This has always been our goal, to spread the stoke and enjoy what I think is the most adrenaline pumping yet simplistic form of sailing in the world today. Respect has to be paid to the windsurfing community. They paved the way, and without them kiting not only wouldn’t be an Olympic sport, it wouldn’t even exist. I’m bummed for my windsurfing friends that the inclusion of kiting meant the exclusion of windsurfing. All I can say is that we won’t take the opportunity lightly, and that we’ll maintain the tradition that the board fleet is the fastest show in town!
May 7th, 2012
It doesn’t look fast or easy, but it most definitely is a wing and it most definitely is on a Sunfish! Designer (and famous basketball shoe) Chuck Taylor is even selling kits and parts to make ‘em yourself, though we’re still waiting on some proof of his claim that the X-Wing is faster than a conventionally rigged boat.
The X-Wing project started with a few computer-designed sketches of a small wing sail, with no idea at that time how it would be constructed. After almost two years of building and testing four different designs using different construction methods a practical and lightweight design emerged. Although the design is centered around the Sunfish sailboat it is readily adaptable to other freestanding mast sailboats.
Abomination or fun project? You decide. And thanks to Anarchist “Stuff4Toys” for the heads up
May 7th, 2012
Peter Johnstone has long been one of sailing’s biggest cheerleaders as well as the kind of guy who’s never been afraid to try something new. His GUNBOAT line has redefined the luxury multihull market, and we congratulate him on the new GUNBOAT USA factory in Wanchese, North Carolina. Here’s some PR from the team. More photos in the thread.
Gunboat opened its new catamaran production facility in Wanchese Friday evening. The production hall based festivity was filled with local dignitaries, and supporters of the company’s efforts to create jobs for the year round community in the Outer Banks. The yards first project is the Nigel Irens designed Gunboat 55
Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone cited the area’s long fishing and sportfish producing history as a key element in their decision to relocate to the area. “We are so grateful for the labor force here. The can-do attitude of this island area is unbeatable. We could have set up shop anywhere. We chose Wanchese. We will do our best to meet everyone’s expectations. We’re incredibly grateful for the warm welcome to the community, and the outpouring of support. This is a very special area.”
NC Governor Beverly Perdue’s office, the State Department of Commerce, the Boating Services office of the State’s Small Business Technology Development Center, and the NC Rural Center played an integral role in Gunboat’s relocation effort, finding suitable sites, securing key grants to refurbish state property, and assisting at each step. The local Employment Security Commission, the regional Workforce Development Commission, and the College of the Albemarle helped further with the employee search and training.
Also attending the event was NC State Senator Stan White who formally welcomed Gunboat to the state. Representatives of US Senators Burr and Hagan’s offices were also on hand.
Reverend Mary Johnstone blessed the staff, the facility, Gunboat and its neighbors and local suppliers. The ceremony concluded with the ribbon being cut by Laura Harvey, wife of Gunboat’s Chief Boat Builder, Phil Harvey.
Gunboat has a busy year planned. A number of contracts have been secured. Twenty people are already employed, with plans for up to 70 in the coming years.
May 7th, 2012
How ridiculous to even ask the question. Now click here and get Tinkerbell, maybe our favorite SCOTW ever in as the new Roxy chick. We will have failed as a community if we don’t…!
May 6th, 2012
Saturday, 5th May 2012 – 19.55 GMT
Leg 6 Brazil to Miami
The latest from onboard Telefónica from watch captain Neal McDonald
In sharp contrast to the previous leg this one has so far been warm, light winds and flat water. We all flew out of Brazil in a hurry but by the morning after we were in light conditions. Since then it feels like we have been drifting around in nice, but hardly exciting sailing conditions. The racing has been close, we have been in sight of another boat for a significant portion of the race, so that part of it has been fun.
But the otherwise trust worthy trade winds have let us all down. They have been little wind and the leg is looking like it will go on for several days longer than predicted. At least when it is warm like this food rationing for a few days will not be that painful if it comes to that.
On “Telefónica” spirits every one is happy enough, our leg has not gone too badly, as I write this we have about 1,000 miles to go and are fighting hard for second place with “Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand” -trading miles between each other from one position report to another, stressful but great racing. In some conditions we have a small edge – in others they do. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out in the end.
Just 20 or so miles in front of both of us is “Puma”. They have sailed a faultless leg so far and look like they mean to defend their lead if any one gets much closer. Despite all that the whole leg could still turn inside out. It looks like between now and the finish we have more than one parking lot and every day we are threatened by a series of clouds that could easily drop places.
So despite the placid warm conditions it is far from “plain sailing”. We are in a win range that means we are constantly changing sails and moving the stack backwards and forwards to suit the conditions.
On top of that the weather has been far from predictable making the leg a tactical nightmare. All in all I’ll be keen to get this one over with and catch up with my family in Miami.
Telefónica Watch Captain
May 6th, 2012
Marcus and Meagan Hutchinson, sailing in the Squib South Coast Championships 2012, Kinsale, Ireland. Thanks to Brian Carlin for the sho
May 6th, 2012
mr. (and ms.) kite
The Kite is in the Olympics and we’ll have further commentary on it soon…
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the men’s and women’s board events and confirmed the equipment that will be used for the Women’s Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.
The Mackay FX, referred to as the 49er FX, was selected yesterday as the two person women’s skiff and today the Nacra 17 joins the Olympic equipment family after being selected for the two person mixed multihull event. More here.
May 5th, 2012
when law is lawless
Leg 6, Day 13
5 May 2012
Amory Ross, MCM
PUMA Ocean Racing
LOCATION: 55 miles NE of Anegada, BVI’s
WINDSPEED: 1.4 kts
BOATSPEED: 2.1 kts
DISTANCE TO FINISH: 995 miles
It’s a good thing we’re floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig. As we drift here, swaying side to side, the mainsail aggressively shakes life down below with its pendulum sweep across the deck, repeating itself every four seconds for what seems like an eternity now. Boom…boom…BOOOM. It only seems to worsen with time.
Even though yesterday’s conditions were slow, they were better than expected. Even though we found ourselves in a massive split from Telefónica and CAMPER, we came out all well, lead still intact. Even though we went hours in sched darkness thanks to a technical glitch, we persevered – almost enjoyed – the comms blackout. Yesterday had the potential to be very bad, but it turned out to be quite good. Tonight on the other hand has been anything but.
The instruments show just one knot of wind, and I would argue that a cruel inflation of the facts: there is nothing, anywhere. Fortunately, CAMPER is here too. We can see them and for the time being at least, we’re surviving. Unfortunately, Telefónica is not here, and we cannot see them. Who knows how they’re doing…it’s so far beyond our control at this point I haven’t bothered to look. We are where we are now and the only thing of any relevance is how fast we can leave.
Hopefully the answer is soon, because this really sucks. But we are at the mercy of the weather gods, and all too often this race mercy is a courtesy they have never felt particularly obliged to extend!
Staying tuned, patient and positive as ever. Today could be a tough one… The Gorillas supplied today’s lyrical inspration. Can ya hear it?
May 5th, 2012
Pete Melvin drops a little knowledge…
There have been many questions about some of the unique features of the NACRA 17 that my company, Morrelli & Melvin, designed in association with NACRA, and builders CMI. I thought I would shed some light on why our team decided to design and build this new class of catamaran, and some of the thinking that went into the concept.
The NACRA 17 was designed from scratch to meet the specific criteria set out by ISAF for the 2016 Olympic multihull. NACRA also produce a Formula 16 and a Formula 18 catamaran and we had initially considered entering these products, but with some changes in order to more closely match the ISAF requirements. Since ISAF’s specification did not require the design to conform to any existing class rule, we were considering adding performance-enhancing features like a carbon mast and curved daggerboards. The F16 class and F18 class rules do not allow either of these features.
After doing some further research into the ISAF requirements and what was possible within this design space, we determined that neither the F16 nor F18 platforms would be ideal.
The F16 is on the small end of the scale for the crew weight range specified (120 kg to 140 kg) and, in our opinion, would be more exciting and challenging to sail for Olympic-caliber sailors if it had a more powerful sailplan. The F18 typical crew weights exceed the range specified by ISAF. The F18 is also quite a heavy boat for its length and could be made lighter, but the hull volume and surface area would be needlessly large for a lighter Olympic spec F18 platform.
Since no existing design or class fit the ISAF specs, we decided to create an all-new design that is about 17 feet long, called the NACRA 17. Compared to an F16 class catamaran, it is 250mm longer, 100mm wider, has a taller mast and more sail area, and curved daggerboards.
Curved daggerboards are a relatively new technology that is quickly gaining acceptance in catamarans. They have been used mostly on offshore trimarans in the past, and used primarily as a way to increase longitudinal stability and shift underwater center of effort forward to prevent leeward helm downwind. These trimarans all have center-hull straight daggerboards for upwind sailing.
In the last few years curved foils have appeared on A Class catamarans, the new NACRA 20 and SL33 catamarans, and some custom and limited production catamarans. All of these designs successfully incorporate constant-curvature daggerboards, commonly referred to as “c foils”. The innovation with the curved foils on catamarans is that they are used to enhance performance for both upwind and downwind sailing.
Performance improvements with the c-foils have been well documented in the A class catamarans and c-foil equipped boats have won the World Championships for the last several years. Other foil geometries have been tested on the A Class cats but so far the c-foils have proven to provide the best all-around performance and are by far the most user-friendly and practical solution.
Lifting foils on catamarans are an area of intense development at the moment, especially with the next AC being contested in catamarans that allow lifting foils. I do not think anyone knows exactly what developments will prove to be best in the future. Each class of boat will evolve toward a foil geometry that is best suited to their specific rules and requirements.
For the NACRA 17 we chose c-foils for the following reasons:
- C foils have proven to make catamarans easier to sail, especially downwind.
- They provide lift which helps keep the bows up and reduces the tendency to pitchpole.
- The extra lift generated from the foil helps reduce hull wetted area and markedly reduces hull drag.
- There are other foil geometries that could provide efficient lift but all the ones we evaluated for the NACRA 17 had issues that we determined were not suitable for this type of boat. For instance, L foils are not able to be retracted from the top and would make launching and beaching problematic. We are also not convinced that L foils would be faster on this type of boat. They would certainly create more drag in light air, due to having more wetted area. The windward L board would also need to be lifted to reduce drag and unwanted vertical lift on the windward side, thereby making the boat much harder to tack. C foils can be left down on the windward side since they automatically reduce their vertical lift when on the windward side.
- C foils make the boat more exciting to sail. The ISAF Olympic Multihull Evaluation Committee report and individual sailor reports confirms this. There is an added dimension of control and speed that can be attained after gaining some experience sailing with them. We believe that this is an area that should be exploited with a modern racing catamaran and is why you see them on the NACRA 17, NACRA 20, and SL33 catamarans.
The hull shape of the NACRA 17 was designed specifically to work in harmony with the curved foils. You can add lifting foils to conventional catamaran hull shapes, but you will not realize the full benefit of the foils. This fact has been proven in the A Class catamarans and is apparent to those who are designing the next generation of Americas Cup catamarans.
The NACRA 17’s new-generation hulls have about 40% greater longitudinal stability than recent conventional shaped catamarans. This increased stability comes without the drag normally associated with creating high longitudinal stability in conventional shapes, and allows the sailors to push the boat much harder downwind.
The NACRA 17 was designed in late 2011 and two prototypes were built and tested prior to the ISAF Equipment Evaluation Trials in Santander, Spain March 17-25.
The Evaluation Panel Report went on to recommend the NACRA 17 as their top choice for the 2016 Olympic Multihull and stated in their opening paragraph “The clear preference of the MNA Sailors and the Evaluation Panel was the innovative new NACRA 17. Designed specifically for the Mixed Multihull criteria the Evaluation Panel concluded the NACRA 17 is seen as the best option. Featuring curved dagger boards providing vertical lift, the NACRA 17 will carry a wider –range of crew weight better than the 16 footers and is considerably lighter than a Formula 18. The modern NACRA 17 also offers the sailors in the Mixed Multihull Event the exciting challenge of mastering the potential lift of the curved daggerboards.”
Of the 18 sailors evaluating the multihulls at the trials, 14 chose the NACRA 17 as their top choice. The next runner-up, receiving four votes was the Viper F16. Nacra video right here.
Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.
May 4th, 2012
First sail for The Boat Project yacht, built at Thornham Marina by Mark Covell and his team for Lone Twin as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Over 1200 people donated wooden objects of significance which have all been used in the build of the yacht designed by Simon Rogers Yacht Design.
May 4th, 2012
Leg 6, Day 12
4 May 2012
LOCATION: 120 miles E of Antigua
WINDSPEED: 10.9 kts
BOATSPEED: 11.4 kts
DISTANCE TO FINISH: 1,100 miles
Unfortunately our time of terrific trade wind sailing on Puma is coming to a close, and far too short it was. One glorious 500-mile day two days ago and a moderately-less-but-still-productive day yesterday had Mar Mostro eating up some serious miles towards the finish in Miami, but the value of these miles will be fully appreciated over the next week as we weave our way through countless zones of little to no wind between our current location and Florida’s southeast coast.
Up until now this leg has been relatively simple, full of straight-line sailing with a heavy emphasis on boat speed. Small variations in strategy have mostly focused on choosing a high road, low road, or somewhere in between. But we now face a different tactical challenge and the probability that positions will change grows with each diverging manoeuvre.
We’ve just thrown in our first two gybes in what seems like weeks, and already we wonder if CAMPER or Telefónica will be following our lead. If they don’t, that new leverage created from us going opposite directions opens the door for many things…some good and some not. But in these latter stages where our routing software can’t agree on much, and where the forecasts are changing so rapidly, indecisiveness, second-guessing, and varied opinions are going to be in abundance. That’s just going to be part of life, and Tom’s job in deciphering the multiple weather systems is only going to get harder.
We’ve sailed an excellent leg so far – led for just about all of it – and the scary notion that the remaining miles could become more “roll of the dice” than anything else is one we’re trying not to accept; luck and good fortune haven’t exactly been on our side so far this race! So we’ll keep the boat moving fast(ish), and aim to balance conservative fleet tactics with confident racecourse management – all the way to the end. – Amory. Thanks to Montgomery Burns for the title rip.
May 4th, 2012
The trgedy is over, and we know the story is far from over, but
funeral services for Kevin Rudolph, crew member on Aegean,
will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 12 noon
at Portofino Yacht Club in Redondo Beach.
May 4th, 2012
Mike Golding on the rig dropping (but not breaking!) from his 60 foot IMOCA, Gamesa as they were preparing for the Vendee: “We were in 12 knots of breeze going upwind, nothing exceptional. It was a quiet day, flat water. You wouldn’t have expected any sort of failure like that in these conditions so it was obviously something that was latent, just sitting there waiting to break and obviously it is unfortunate it broke then.
“At least like this, the mast is unbroken and potentially undamaged, other than cosmetic damage. The bottom spreaders probably need replacing, there is a little bit of damage around the foot, but the mast itself landed on the boat quite gently, it really was quite gentle so in that regard there is a good chance the downtime won’t be as long as it might have been.
“I’m pretty gutted. It was a little too light to do proper training, but we had enough breeze to work the boat up and get some pressure on the boat and this is the result. So pretty disappointing really, but better now than later on in the year, at least we have some time to sort it out so now we just have to deal with it.
“The biggest damage is from a training perspective, it puts a big hole in that plan. We have a minimum six weeks of down time and the problem is not so much the damage, but the lead time on the components [we’ll need] as a lot of these are custom components. The rigging in particular will need looking at and we probably need to be changing it because it has been bent in bad directions, and the lead times on those components are pretty long. I think six weeks, optimistically four maybe, it just depends ….. And we are in the lap of the weather. If we are able to, we can repair the boat and the damage to the coach roof outside if the weather is clement …. but it is a completely different ball game if we have to lift the boat out of the water and inside a shed and with those things you multiple the lead times. But it is a little early to say. We need to survey the damage: we have non-destructive testing surveyors coming on Friday, the insurers have been informed, our sponsors, and we have done all the things we can do now, we just have to pick up the sticks and make sure we don’t break anything else and get ourselves going.
“In the context of the Vendée Globe, it is disappointing as we lose some training time, but on the other hand, I suppose we have learned something valuable and this could have happened at any point so in the context of the Vendée I doubt it will have a real negative effect and I’m hopeful that the rig is ok and we can get ourselves going. But it is obviously very disappointing.
Thanks to Mark Lloyd for the shots…
May 4th, 2012
May is going to be a manic month for Finn sailors, with two major
championships in the UK, as well as three other major events including
the final Olympic classes regatta at the Olympic venue in Weymouth.
Around 90 boats are currently gathering in Falmouth, UK for the Open
UK National Championships this coming weekend, to be followed just
five days later by the Finn Gold Cup. Both these events are part of
the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival, which has captured the
imagination of the Falmouth sailing community and will be seen as the
first full test of all the sailors as they prepare for this summer’s
Olympics in Weymouth, a few hours drive to the east.
While the British championship is expected to be a fight between
current world champion Giles Scott and current Olympic champion Ben
Ainslie, Scott has already announced he will not be defending his
world title, preferring instead to focus on the AC45 event in Venice.
This undoubtedly takes a lot of pressure off Ainslie in trying to
secure his sixth world Finn title, as Scott was viewed as his main
threat. However, with the fleet of 95 boats entered so far, it will
not be an easy task and will undoubtedly be a tough week’s racing.
The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup ends on Friday 18 May and
the next day the Finn sailors are getting involved in the Olympic
Torch relay through the town. Then for the really keen sailors, after
just two days off, the Delta Lloyd Regatta starts in Medemblik, the
Netherlands. Though it is the fifth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup,
it is not expected to attract a big number of boats due to the close
proximity of so many regattas.
Then it’s back to the UK for the Finn World Masters in Pwllheli,
Wales. So far there are 135 entries, which makes it one of the largest
Finn events ever held in the UK. Lots of the favourites will be back
for this as well as some new faces. Pwllheli is one of the most
popular dinghy racing venues in the UK so it promises to be a great
Moving into June, Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth starts the same
weekend the Masters concludes. This will be the final major event at
the Olympic venue before the Olympics starts at the end of July and
probably the final showdown between most of the sailors in their
preparations for London 2012.
The Finn Gold Cup is also the final Olympic qualification regatta. At
least six spots on the start line in Weymouth are up for grabs, while
many other countries are also concluding their trials there or at Sail
for Gold. By early June we should have the full Finn line up for the
2012 Olympic Games.
So if you have been counting, that’s five major regattas over the
space of five weeks – 47 Finn races. Manic it may be, but what a lot
of Finn fun.
May 4th, 2012
A funny thing happened during the demolition derby known as the Volvo Ocean Race: A yacht race broke out!
Seriously, it’s nice to see the VOR looking like a real sailboat race again. The stories and media coming from the MCMs in calm water is excellent, the battles are exciting, and we’re looking forward to Miami. Aren’t you? Maybe this will help…Thanks of course to Cake for the title shot.
May 4th, 2012
win the battle
Team Sailing Anarchy: My name is Scott Thomson and I am writing on behalf of my Dad John B Thomson Jr. The reason I am writing is because we are doing a fundraiser called "THE WALK TO DEFEAT ALS". My Dad has been battling with this disease (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for the last three years. If you don’t know him personally I’m sure you have heard of him. John is well known for his long support, participation and success in racing sailboats. A founding member of the International 50′ class with his legendary “green boat” Infinity in the late 80′s and as one of the original Farr 40 owners (# 4 Solution and # 135 Infinity), he won the first two North American Championships in 1998 and 1999. Having been commodore of the Storm Trysail Yacht club and spearheading the development of many iconic race weeks through out the world. He has the reputation of being the highest respected and corinthian owner/skippers ever. His accomplishments on the water are only exceeded by his accomplishments off the water as a sportsman and leader.
John Thomson has defined what almost any sailor aspires to be in life…A true gentleman, fine yachtsman, world champion across many classes, inspiration to all on the docks and someone who knows how to run a Triple-A+ program that everyone has the best time participating in….The Thomson family have all captured his spirit. To honor him they have created Team JULIET BRAVO TANGO INFINITY (JBT FOREVER) to participate in the Walk to Cure ALS. To join our effort, please visit our team page.
The following is from his daughter Vicki: “Unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do for him as at this point there is no cure. So my brothers and I have put together a team to do "The Walk to Defeat ALS" in his honor in New York this coming weekend. We have been recruiting family and friends to help in this endeavor. It’s kind of funny, he’s such a private person and really tends not to tell anyone what has been going on with him, so we weren’t sure how he would feel about us doing this. So we put the team together and quietly got to work on it. When we took the opportunity to mention it to him, he was so touched it brought him to tears. It’s such a cruel disease, especially for someone like him who was such an active and vibrant person. He’s pretty much incapacitated at this point. But this weekend he expressed his desire to go do the walk with us (he will be in his power wheelchair) – which given his condition and how he’s been feeling, is a huge feat – so I am doing everything in my power to make that happen…and make it a big victory for him.”
With that said, we are doing the New York Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday, May 5th.
So far we have raised over $22,000. Our team has quickly risen to the number one spot as far as donations…but that’s not enough. We want to raise more money and more awareness about this terrible, fatal disease.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
Friends, family or anyone whom John has touched throughout his life are invited to join us in support of this cause. We would love to get as many people possible to join us for the walk. If you are not able to actually do the walk, you are still invited to come and show your support. We will have tee-shirts made up for everyone to wear so we can take a group picture before the start of the race. Once again, YES, John will be attending the walk!!!
We know not everyone can make it to the walk, so we ask that you make a donation. Any amount is welcome since every penny will go towards finding a cure for ALS. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause. Thank you for your support.
The Thomson Famil
May 4th, 2012
From Jorge Madden and his Mini Transat adventure. Short, but it makes us want to see more of this particular brand of torture. More coming soon…
May 4th, 2012