Anyone who is still thinking the Australian’s recent dominance of the sailing medal count at the Olympics was a bit of luck or a fluke, this weekend firmly establishes that you are wrong. Witnesseth: America’s Cup (SF), Aussie skippers; 1,3. Moth Worlds (ITA), Aussie skippers; 1,2,3. Melges 24 NA’s, Aussie skippers; 1,2.
Maybe it’s something in the water, maybe it’s a national character that fosters high performance, or maybe the venom of one of the 400,000 poisonous animals in Oz has some incredible effect on one’s sailing ability. We don’t know why, but we do know at this moment that our friends from the bottom of the world are the cream of the high-performance world right now. Hopefully we can learn something from them.