The Obstacle is the Way
Jan28

The Obstacle is the Way

  We’ve been competing now for three days. That has included 9 races, 18 hours on the water, 15 starting sequences, 24 PB&J sandwiches, and countless decisions. However, the story behind our score line comes down to 3 decisions. The Obstacle is the Way is a book about success, process, understanding your place in the world, and understanding the moment you’re in. Darn if we didn’t just live through this life lesson the past three days. It truly is the story of a missed opportunity born from learning how to compete at this level. For all of the sailors following us, success here at this event is not about sailing ability, speed, tactics, or OCS’s. It’s about discipline, the discipline of living through a tough situation to get to an advantageous position. We were a touch impatient three times. Although we no longer have a shot at the Olympics today, we assuredly have an understanding that this “obstacle” is the root of how we move forward. It’s a good day today. We’re lucky to be here....

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Here we go!
Jan23

Here we go!

The time has come. The 49er Olympic Trials begin Monday, February 25th in Miami.  The team that will take to the water is Dane Wilson (helm) and Riley Gibbs (crew). The team began their collaboration in the fall and have had a rapid ramp up in preparation. Wish them luck!  Follow the event at  US Sailing Miami and World Cup Miami .      ...

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We’re Out to Win an Olympic Medal and Need Your Support
Jun16

We’re Out to Win an Olympic Medal and Need Your Support

The McBride.Wilson campaign is an Olympic program with the goal of being the team selected to represent the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. We are one of the top four teams vying for one coveted spot on the US Sailing Team in the 49er class. However, what sets Mcbride.Wilson apart from the competition is our unique, dynamic training program for rapid improvement which incorporates technology-testing, data-tracking, and a comprehensive conditioning regiment, in addition to our sheer passion for the sport. McBride.Wilson’s winning history and international experience in skiff sailing also gives us a sharp edge going into the two-year countdown. To Get There We Need Your Direct Financial Support Our immediate needs are funds for the purchase of a new boat and to cover the expenses of our first event, the 49er World Championship in Santander, Spain this September. We would like your support in two capacities; first to help rally the community in your area behind our cause, and second to help get us to Spain by making a tax deductible donation. Budget Lead Up to First Olympic Qualifier Item Budget Date Needed 49er Worlds in Santander, Spain $15,000 August, 2014 New Boat Payment $10,000 September, 2014 New Boat Payment $10,000 November, 2014 New Boat Payment $10,000 January, 2015 First Olympic Qualifier (OCR in Miami) $10,000 January, 2015 With your help, we know we can reach the Olympic stage, and ultimately, manifest the change we believe is needed for the future of our oceans and our sport. Come...

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Light & Motion
Apr26

Light & Motion

Last week I took some time off from our training and did an internship at our new sponsor, Light & Motion. They make some of the best dive, bike, and outdoor lights on the planet. In fact, they make “the perfect light” for almost any outdoor activity. I interned with the electronics manufacturer and test engineer Andre Bertomeu. He has a very interesting job. My visit took place just as they were preparing to release a new light. Before going public with any light they put the lights through all kinds of tests such as dropping them from various heights, submerging them in water, and seeing how they work in different environments. While I was there Andre wanted to test 60 lights all at the same time to see how they reacted when the battery charge ran out. We needed to build 60 small boxes that allowed the light to shine through one side and hit a semi-opaque wall on the other side and then faintly shine through. Andre used cameras on both sides of the light and box so that he could monitor every light’s performance. When the project was done there would be 60 lights all turned on and pointed into the boxes that were then covered with a tarp so that no light would get in and disturb the results. We set up a camera to record everything that happened while the lights were on. While I was making this entire contraption Andre was writing some code so that when the camera was filming the lights the program would record the data into a spreadsheet so he didn’t have to watch the whole video and record the data by hand. Pretty cool. I also spent some of my time at Light & Motion in other departments so I got a gist of what every department did and how they all functioned together. I got to see the process of how the different products were conceived, where they were designed (first on paper and then digitally), where they were created as prototypes, tested, how they were coded so that they all had the right functions, and then how they were finally shipped out the door. The cool part about this company is that they do everything from concept to shipping the product out the door all in Marina, CA. Light & Motion is full of creative, smart people trying to create the perfect light in the perfect way. They work by themselves and in small groups all contributing to the overall process, which when the whole thing is all done they have a pretty awesome light. And,...

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Sunday Cruising
Mar20

Sunday Cruising

Some days the conditions are simple: flat water, gentle breeze. Although days like these are welcome conditions to perfect all sorts of techniques, they’re also nice to just zen out and cruise…

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