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.
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.
- 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
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.