Monday, December 29, 2008

Five Golden Rings



The fifth day of Christmas got me thinking about the Olympics. With Charlie McKee (Bronze medallist in 2000 in the 49er) as the most prominent mothie with Olympic experience, it seems that the class will be tempting to other former Olympians. According to the Mach2 website, Ossie Stewart (Bronze medallist in ’92 in the Soling) will be sailing a moth out of Hayling Island next year. So here’s my question: how many folks sailing moths have national team experience, either as a competitor or as a coach (I think Adam May falls in the latter category)?

On a related note, I would suspect that there are a number of Olympians that have sailed moths (although probably not foilers) in the younger, junior sailing days. Does anyone know of former mothies now prepping for Weymouth in 2012?

Since I’m still on Christmas break, enjoy a little acapella with Straight No Chaser. The lyrics are all over the place, so just sit back and smile. Even you guys celebrating “Christmas down in Africa.”

6 comments:

Doug Culnane said...

"how many folks sailing moths have national team experience, either as a competitor or as a coach"

Most of the top third of the fleet.

Doug

Joe Bousquet said...

A database with names, counrties, and specific high-level experience would be a neat addition to the world's site ,if you're not busy ;-)

Graham Biehl said...

I'm in for it! Just bought Dave's Velociraptor. Now if only it would be delivered...

Joe Bousquet said...

Welcome aboard Graham! Are you still in San Diego? I hope to meet you at the Gorge Worlds.

Joe

Doug Culnane said...

Nice idea Joe. I have a sailor and boat description field that I was thinking of using... we can put this stuff in there. I have to do some hacking to get this working and include the events in the database in time for the US worlds. Need to find time and enthusiasm to spend a couple of evenings hacking.

Adam said...

Hi Joe - I'm afraid I fall into both categories. I competed in Sydney in the Tornado class finishing 6th, and now watch the Olympic scene from a coach boat.

Would be interesting to compile some Mothie CV's - there is plenty of AC experience out there as well.