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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A Fork in the Road
Nov23

A Fork in the Road

Hello everyone, Since the end of the 49er Nationals in late August Dane and I have been offered some life altering opportunities as well as have had some challenges to consider regarding competing as a team. With a few significant decisions and milestones to weigh regarding the future of the McBride/Wilson 49er campaign, it’s high time for an update. As some of you may know Willie received an offer in September to coach the top US Sailing Women’s 49er FX Olympic hopefuls, and Dane also received an offer to assume responsibility for the 29er Youth Olympic Development Program. Unfortunately, Willie’s role coaching the women’s team would conflict with the men’s 49er Olympic Trials. We’ve spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of each option, consulting our various life coaches and mentors, and then came back together as a team to make a final decision. The conversation covered a lot of ground, with discussions about our chances of qualification, how our other obligations factored into the equation, and even how a run for the 2020 Olympics might look in each scenario. After a lot of thought and deliberation, we have decided to suspend our campaign while Willie coaches through the end of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Dane will shift his attention to school while continuing to train in the 49er. The last two years of sailing and campaigning have taught us invaluable life lessons as well as built our personal knowledge and skill as both of the coaching offers from US Sailing attest. We don’t consider our efforts missing the mark, nor do we feel we are walking away dissatisfied. Rather we feel we are pursuing the best course of action given all of the factors involved. To everyone who read our social media, who signed up for our mailing list, and who donated to our campaign, we are both deeply grateful. This campaign has absolutely been one of the most informative, soul searching, and formational experiences of our lives, and we would not have been able to experience it without all of you. Words can’t describe our depth of gratitude. And although we have yet to attain the goal we set out to pursue, ultimately we are still committed to and on that path. We’ve learned it’s not a straight line, nor a predictable one. “There is no job, no amount of power, no money to approach the Olympic experience.” —Olympic Gold Medalist, Al Orter Thank you all for helping to give us a taste of that experience. All the best, Willie and...

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Sailing into a new year…
Dec31

Sailing into a new year…

Thank you all for the tremendous support thus far. We are changed people and with the Olympic Trials now a year away we’re feeling renewed and grateful for everything. We are off to Miami to train and compete with our eyes set on some very specific things to learn. All the best in the New Year to everyone, Dane &...

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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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Happy World Oceans Day
Jun08

Happy World Oceans Day

We promise to participate in beach clean-ups and use reusable water bottles to protect the ocean. ‪#‎WorldOceansDay‬ Love the Ocean, Dane and...

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