match made in heaven
After a somewhat random and unfocused launch and first year or two, it seems the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) is finally getting its act together, and we’re expecting good things from the house(boat) that Don (Wilson) built. While the CMRC has all sorts of match race training programs for its members and is hosting some high-profile events for 2010, it also seems likely that our favorite match racers – the girls who will battle for the next year to secure an Olympic berth – may get some great use out of the innovative Chicago center run by SA whipping boy Bill Hardesty. And the girls need it; it’s a chaotic world in women’s match racing, with the new Eliots just getting comfortable for some and a whole new world of training for most.
It takes serious sack to jump into a new class like all of ’em and a new discipline for many, but these women of the US Sailing Team have it in spades, and for that, they’re our Sailor Chicks of the Week. We’ll be following their progress closely, and we’ll also see if Billy ‘the Kid’ will let us bring you an interview with him sometime in the next month about what CMRC means to match racing in the Great Lakes and beyond, and what their eventual goals are. This photo of a lucky Dave Perry along with the USSTAG girls is courtesy of the Chicago Match Race Center, and you can find loads more here. Follow the CMRC’s news here.