My high school experience was a series of boat work, fundraising efforts, sailing practices, and workouts, punctuated here and there by regattas and incredible life experiences. I lived for the time that I spent on the water, and I worked hard in school just so that I could get to the dock more quickly. I relished the time that I spent looking into the wind, trying to solve the impossible puzzle that is sail boat racing. On the water, all of the distractions seemed to fade away, and all that mattered was the boat, the wind, and the waves. When I graduated from high school, my sailing suddenly came to an abrupt halt.
For the last several years I have coached many junior sailors to very high levels, I have directed a sailing program, and I have even managed to get on the water a bit, but it has been several years since I have had a program to call my own. Teaming up with Dane is very exciting for me, because I feel like I am once again controlling my own destiny. We set the training schedule, we work through the logistical challenges; we directly control our own improvement. I think that the Olympics is the ultimate puzzle; with less than 3 years left now until the start of the Olympics, Dane and I will need to devise a strategy to overcome a lot of obstacles. We may not have the most resources of any of the US teams, we may not have the same caliber equipment, and we may not even have as much time in the boat at this point, but we are very focused. We have a lot of work to do, and the path ahead is a challenging one, but at the end of the day, we will step back in the boat, and everything else will fade into the background.