We rarely buy into ‘good old days’ fantasies, which usually bear little relation to reality. But it’s hard to fault the memories of days when sailing was on the front page of Sports Illustrated and where guys like Connor and Turner were national sporting heroes. It’s a good time to remind ourselves what it was like back then, and thanks to race support website Clever Pig’s digging up of an excellent old newsletter article about the legendary 1984 US Olympic Sailing Team, we can do just that. Check it out here for a dose of some serious chest-thumping from the eight-medal winning ’84 sailors.
The US Sailing Team continues to have a tough time of it here in 2011, with last minute heroics in a few women’s events preventing total humiliation of the US at its home event in Miami last week. Paige Railey proved that US girls own the Laser Radial, Anna T and Sally B showed they can get second and third place under serious pressure, and the rest of the teams showed in can’t get on the podium. We believe that the team has some great athletes and a solid plan – whether that plan works or not is another matter entirely! Full results are here.
At the same time, Dean Brenner and team showed some willingness to catch up to modern times, with a weak (albeit present) blogging/twitter effort supporting a slim(yet effective) Kattack tracking window for select fleets towards the end of the week. It’s a tough ask to get one of the all-time worst promoted major US event to join the modern age, but at least they’re moving in the right direction and starting to acknowledge that there are people out there who care – many of them have opened their wallets to help support the US team anyway. At this rate, the Miami OCR will begin to make a real impression on mainstream US sailing at the same time as the Olympics come back to the States. And maybe later, if they keep letting video producers like this guy do their official work for ‘em. Really, muzak? Like sailing isn’t boring enough already?