26 days to go!
In the month since our last update, we have logged 20 more days training in Rio de Janeiro and enjoyed time mentally resetting – me in Brazil and Seattle, and Paris in Peru and San Diego.
Our June training camp in Rio was packed full of productivity. We are feeling fast, smart, comfortable on the Guanabara Bay racecourses, fit, flexible, and united. Our Olympic boat is the best we’ve ever seen. Thanks to so much time on the boat recently, we are at a point where sailing the boat is so second-nature that our minds are free to think about communication, tactics and strategy. We have been practice racing, testing equipment, and tuning with our training partners, Vicky & Sol from Argentina.
Towing in after practice, from the courses outside the bay back into Guanabara Bay
We feel extremely fortunate to be part of the US Sailing Team Sperry. The team has given us many invaluable resources in terms of knowledge and access to some of the greatest minds in sailing. There’s more camaraderie than ever and we look forward to staying with our US teammates during the July training camp starting tomorrow.
I was lucky enough to celebrate my 24th birthday in Brazil during our camp. We started off the day with a surprise outrigger canoeing venture on Guanabara Bay. We had perfect conditions for our training that afternoon and our Argentinean training partners surprised us with a gift of Havannas (dulce de leche with chocolate!) as they sailed up to us to begin training! Topped the day off with a Muay Thai (like kickboxing) workout and a gigantic homemade cake – it doesn’t get much better than that!
The time that we used to spend fundraising is now all spent responding to requests for interviews. It is exciting that we are reaching many non-sailing audiences, such as through ESPNW and the New York Times.
We will be racing from August 12th-18th.
We will stop posting on our team social media starting August 6th , in order to devote our full attention to the competition. After August 6th, please follow the US Sailing Team Sperry social media for updates:
Facebook: US Sailing Team Sperry
Youtube: US Sailing Team
You can also sign up for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team News Distribution List by emailing a request to be added to Communication Manager Will Ricketson. You can request a specialized subscription to Henken/Scutt news or to any of our sailing teammates.
Finally, you can sign up for the Medalist Newsletter, your best source for periodic updates on the team. The Newsletter will appear monthly between now and the Games, and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics.