The Medalist January - 2019

The Medalist Newsletter is your source for updates on the US Sailing Team, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, and the Olympic Development Program. This is our path to the podium.

In This Issue:

  • Olympic Development Program Kicks Off 2019 with Phase Two of Project Pipeline
  • US Sailing Team Goes Green and Gears Up for the Upcoming Year
  • Preview: Hempel World Cup Series Miami

Olympic Development Program Kicks off 2019 with Phase Two of Project Pipeline

US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) began off 2019 with the next phase of Project Pipeline, which is the nation’s first long-term, high-performance youth sailing strategy. The goal of Project Pipeline is to give young U.S. competitors the skills necessary to compete successfully in all areas of international sailing, including the Olympic Games. Phase Two will focus on creating more support for young athletes to transition from Youth World classes into Olympic classes by offering more access to top-level coaching.

From January 3-6, talented sailors from across the country attended the first ODP camp of 2019. The camp was hosted by Miami Yacht Club and was the first of its kind to feature exclusively Olympic classes.

Sailors in the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX, 470, Nacra 17, and RS:X classes had the opportunity to train with 18 of the best coaches in the country. Quantum Racing experts Kevin Burnham, Charlie McKee, and Morgan Reeser were joined by four US Sailing Team coaches and several other Olympic caliber coaches who also have great depths of expertise.

While many sailors at the camp were building foundations for future campaigns, some US Sailing Team athletes who are campaigning for selection to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were also in attendance. Likewise, many of the ODP sailors joined the 2018 US Sailing Team athletes at the Team camp held from January 13-17 at the US Sailing Center Miami.

The expert coaches and consultants brought in by US Sailing are amazing inspirations, mentors, and leaders in guiding us towards our Olympic dreams. For me, a highlight was the cooperation between classes. The 49er and windsurf classes could share briefings, and the application of concepts still applied to everyone.

Manuel "Manu" Nores; RS:X Men's; Miami, Fla.

US Sailing Team Gears Up for 2019

To kick off 2019 and prepare for the upcoming year, the US Sailing Team (USST) athletes attended a four day training camp. Packed with classroom and on the water sessions, the camp's focus was on preparing the sailors for 2019 and the upcoming Hempel World Cup Series Miami event.

To begin camp, US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program athletes were joined by local and foreign sailors and volunteers who participated in the US Sailing Coconut Grove Coastal Clean-Up. Collectively, upwards of 100 individuals rid Kennedy Park and Prime Point Marina of over 850 ponds of trash. The event was organized by US Sailing in partnership with VolunteerCleanup.Org and was sponsored by World Sailing.

Thanks to a grant from 11th Hour Racing to eXXpedition—a series of all-female voyages focusing on the ocean plastics issue–the athletes also took part in a workshop specifically designed to help identify how to become ‘change makers’ and reduce plastic pollution. Led by eXXpedition co-founder and ocean advocate Emily Penn, the workshop prompted the athletes to brainstorm about the origins and implications of ocean microplastic pollution.

In the Classroom

Success on the water doesn't come without time spent training on land. During camp, several experts joined the athletes in Miami to cover many important topics that contribute to high-performance sailing.

Camp Speakers:

  • Shelly Guzman-Johnson - Hydration & Performance
  • Malcolm Page & Willie McBride - Consistent Top Performance
  • Dave Perry - How to prepare for a Protest & Case 78
  • Luther Carpenter - Double-handed Sailing
  • Sam Vineyard - Support from Marlow Ropes
  • Jonathan McKee - Campaign Strategy
  • Chelsea Carlson, Ken Campbell, & Brynn Campbell - Weather Briefings and Debriefings

Pictured: Ken Campbell explaining weather indicators and conditions commonly seen on Biscayne Bay in January

(Left to Right) Top Row: Shelly Guzman-Johnson, Willie McBride, Luther Carpenter; Bottom Row: Chelsea Carlson, Jonathan McKee

Practice, Practice, Practice

Of course, most training camps aren't complete without logging a few hours on the water. Despite light breeze early in the week, most of the classes trained on the water every day.

With the Hempel World Cup Series Miami right around the corner, many foreign teams were already practicing on Biscayne Bay. Several of the U.S. athletes combined practice sessions with athletes from visiting countries, giving them the chance to practice starting and racing against some of the people they'll be seeing on the race course next week.

(Left to right) Top Row: Bora Gulari & Louisa Chafee (Nacra 17), Luke Muller (Finn), Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea (49erFX); Middle Row: Dave Hughes & Stu McNay (Men's 470), Judge Ryan & Hans Henken (49er); Bottom Row: Caleb Paine (Finn), Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis (Nacra 17)

Preview: Hempel World Cup Series Miami

In five days, racing will begin at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami (HWCSM). The United States has a large and talented collection of sailors competing at the second World Cup event of the 2019 series, including 57 entries and 85 total sailors. The top eligible U.S. athlete(s) who finish in 10th place or higher in their class at the HWCSM will also qualify for selection to the 2019 US Sailing Team.

The event is also a country and athlete* qualifier for the Pan American Games. The seven Olympic classes that will be represented at the Pan American Games will have the opportunity to qualify their country at HWCSM. This includes the 49er class, which has recently been announced as an addition to the 2019 Pan American Games.

*The 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami is only a Pan American Games athlete qualifier for the Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X Men’s and RS:X Women’s classes.

The Message Makeover Podcast: An Interview with Luther Carpenter, Senior Olympic Coach of the US Sailing Team

In this podcast, Dean Brenner and Dan Cooney of the Latimer Group discuss the art of coaching with Luther, and how your communication style has a massive impact on the results.

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