Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

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  1. Ross B

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    Thank you BYC! -4/16

    I would like to thank my yacht club, Balboa Yacht Club, for coming on board and supporting me. They have also graciously set up an account for me for donations.

    So if you would like to send a donation, please make checks payable to “BYC MSSF", and add "Ross Bennett" in the memo, and please send to the following address:

    BYC Maritime Sciences And Seamanship Foundations (BYCMSSF)
    c/o Ross Bennett
    1901 Newport Blvd Suite 350
    Costa Mesa, Ca, 92627

    And of course, all donations will receive a tax deductible receipt.

    This information is also in the right side bar, in case anyone forgets!

    Thank you!

    http://www.balboayachtclub.com/
     
  2. Ross B

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    Line Honors-Performance Sailing Supply -4/16

    This just in, Line Honors-Performance Sailing Supply has just signed on as a new sponsor. I would like to thank them very much, and I hope we can enjoy a long relationship together!

    And of course make sure to visit their website!

    http://www.linehonors.com/
     
  3. WPB Sailor

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    Congrats - but please no more reviews of clew straps....
     
  4. Ross B

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    Thanks

    And I can't make any promises, but if I have to, I promise to make it more interesting than the last! :) They are rather hard to review!
     
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    Ross
    Just some advice, this is not a personal attack.
    I am 16 and also aiming at olympics in 2012. Your biggest problem is that you make excuses for your results. You need to get off your butt and train harder to get up there. Trust me its a great feeling to be near the top of a fleet. When someone puts you down I smile because this just motivates me to train harder. One day il thanks these people. You need to also take any criticism you can get openly. Please stop living the dream and do something about yor dream if you are a do'er. Know drink a protein shake an go for a run.
    See you at olympics
    peace
     
  6. Merrily

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    Ross was invited to create his blog on TLF.

    I'll be recommending banishment for people who continue to bring the argument from a closed thread here.
     
  7. Ross B

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    Thanks, thats what I'm trying to do. These guys make me stronger every day.
     
  8. Chainsaw

    Chainsaw Brmmm Brmmm

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    Excuses are fine, as long as people realise what to do with them.

    So you didn't win a race becasue you were late to the line. So what you gonna do bout it? Refine your regatta day planning? Get up earlier? Increase your focus so you're not distracted before the race?

    A winner is not someone who doesn't make excuses, a winner is someone who uses excuses to their advantage.

    BEst of luck with your campaign too, Chris. :cool:
     
  10. Chainsaw

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    You never did give us a run down of your gear shopping expedition for Germany. :cool:
     
  11. Ross B

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    you don't want to know...

    hell, I don't want to think about it!
     
  12. WPB Sailor

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    Why not . you didn't pay for it. Would be interesting to know how much it costs....
     
  13. Chainsaw

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    Let me guess. Hmmm.

    The budget is in ragged ruins and you've been apprenticed out to a plumber to repay the bill?

    Put us out of our guessing misery. It's all relevent to the problems anyone else would have. It's history in the making. A candid inside view into the world of campaigning. :cool:
     
  14. Ross B

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    I could have bought a very new boat instead...

    But thankfully my YC helps, and I now have a donation fund!
     
  15. Chainsaw

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    Yikes. :eek: That much huh?
     
  16. Ross B

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    I don't even like to think about it!
     
  17. Chainsaw

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    Did he mention the donation fund...? :cool:
     
  18. Ross B

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    Yes, yes I did lol

    If you would like to send a donation, please make checks payable to “BYC MSSF", and add "Ross Bennett" in the memo, and please send to the following address:

    BYC Maritime Sciences And Seamanship Foundations (BYCMSSF)
    c/o Ross Bennett
    1901 Newport Blvd Suite 350
    Costa Mesa, Ca, 92627


    All donations will receive a tax deductible receipt. Thank you.


    (Please help me avoid debt! Something that is very common amoung campaigners!)
     
  19. Ross B

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    Getting down to business..... 5/4

    Just a bit of an update. So I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting some stuff done around here. 90% of my shopping for Baltic is done, and I'll have to ship that soon, and the prices for shipping to Europe are not even funny! My new sail for Kiel arrived, I went for a Hyde this time, a bit of mental edge never hurt, and it does feel a bit thicker, soooo niiiice! And thanks to Colie Sails back home in Jersey for getting that out to me right quick. I also got my old hiking pants back from The Froghouse, I had the knee's fully cut off this time, turning my 3'4's into shortys, as my experiment where I had the material cut out behind the knees did not exactly work, so thanks to JoAnne for helping me out. She also wrapped the hooks from the Seimar Bow Tie Down in neoprene for me, which I think is a big update on the product, as I did not want the plain hooks bashing into my boat, so now they are padded.

    <a href="http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc67/salsa9417/?action=view&current=IMG_0236-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc67/salsa9417/IMG_0236-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    On the school front, things aregoing well, I got a 93 on my last test, which brings my 4 test average to a 90, so I have an A in the class, and I don't have to take the final. All those Saturdays were worth it! I don't want to jinx it, but I should be on my way to a perfect score 4.0 GPA this semester, a first for me, which would be most excellent!

    Things are starting to lighten back up a bit, which means on top of my training at home, which is a bit a lifting weights and time on the hiking bench a couple days a week, I'm also going back to the gym starting again this week. And when school gets out, I'll being sailing 2 to 4 days a week, for practice. Along with 2 to 4 days of gym, and just to shake it up, I'm going to try and hit the beach and go surfing a couple of mornings, I still haven't broken in my new fish from last year!

    http://www.froghouse.com/home.php

    http://coliesails.com/
     
  20. Ross B

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    The Complete Introduction to Laser Racing- 5/11

    This a great book no doubt about it. It's edited by Ben Tan, a very respectable man from Singapore that won Gold at the 12th Asian Games, and sailed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, so he certainly has an idea of what's going on. It also has sections in it done by two of my favorite sailors, Steve Cockerill of Rooster Sailing fame, and Nick Adamson, who was a member of my yacht club, and sailed for the US in 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and an all around great guy. Also included is Michael Blackburn, Rod Dawson, Jacqueline Ellis, Takao Otani, Trisha Leahy, Angela Calder, and Gary Slater.

    While this book is a little dated, it does hold some great information. If you need to know how to set up your boat as per the old rules, this has it all. It's also got some great stuff on sail tuning with easy to understand charts, for upwind, downwind, and reaching, settings that everyone should know, and everyone asks about. There's also a section on technique and body placement for each point of sail which is also definitely worth a look. But I think 5 of my favorite sections have to be Wind Patterns and Strategy, Current, Sailing Fitness, Sailing Nutrition, and Essential Sports Medicine for Sailors. These five sections dole out very valuable information, and unless you've done clinic's or had a coach, it can often be hard to find so much information presented so neatly.

    I wanted to write a decent report on this book without giving away took much about it, but simply put you have to buy it yourself. To me it seems like it's got pieces of Michael Blackburn's Sail Fitter and bit's of Frank Bethwaite's High Performance Sailing but is far more understandable. This book has everything you need, sure it's a bit dated and it does not cover the new controls and it does not cover the Radial that extensively, or even the 4.7, but it more than makes up for the lack in the non-Laser specific information such as weather and health. If your even remotely serious about Laser racing, this book will help you, and give you information in an easy to understand format that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

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