Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Ross B, Feb 23, 2008.

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  1. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    I believe "no good deed goes unpunished" applies to your efforts.

    Certainly there are many great wonderful individuals in the Laser family.

    There are many colorful individuals.
    There are also some very small minded selfish people who sail our singlehanded boats.

    I suspect it has something to do with the singlehanded part.

    Here are a few thoughts:
    People who would never be in charge of anything else, are in charge when they sail Lasers.
    People who simply are too antisocial to gather friends and organize a team can compete on Lasers.
    People who lack organizational and scheduling skills can go to a Laser event at the last minute ( count me in this bunch)

    Sometimes, those who have few friends, are incapable of doing anything about it and hurt find solace in trashing others.

    "Bringing 'em down to their own level" is an activity of choice for many failures.

    When some person feels compelled to tell stories about you or make it his career to discredit you and you simply cannot figure out what motivation the guy could possibly have...
    The odds are he is insane with jealousy and simply cannot stand your prosperity.

    The person has never amounted to anything himself and can't stand the fact anybody else is accomplishing what he can't.

    These bodies pushed by jealous sick minds are incapable of positive behavior. They do not care about the destruction they bring as all they want is to bring everybody down to their pathetic level of existence.
    In fact, the sick mind of these folks is rewarded by any clue the destruction was as a result of their behavior.
    Admonishing one of these people with, "You are spoiling it for everybody." is heard as "We all know you control something."


    The following is very very sound, do as I say and not as I do, advice:

    When people start making things up and trying to use the lies to trash your contributions.

    Ignore them.
    Do not respond.
    Do not explain.
    Simply and totally ignore them.
    Don't even flinch!
     
  2. Alex/Steve

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    Ross
    Love to hear how you are going as it is a delight to see a young person with dreams that they are seeking to make a reality
    Also, for some unknown reason, have never been able to get onto your site, so are pleased to see it here

    Alex/Steve
     
  3. sailchris

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    If you are serious about an Olympic campaign, you should transfer to a school in NEISA (like Tufts, BU, even UNH) and test yourself against some real college sailing competition. The people you sail against in college will most likely be your competition in a few years...see e.g. Andrew Campbell.
     
  4. TheBoathouse

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    Actually I disagree. College sailing while keeping you sharp and out on the water all fall and spring has little to do with Olympic Class racing. College races last about 15 minutes and rule 42 is virtually non-existant. Compare that to a grueling 1.5 mile course 2 to 3 times around and the tactics, physical endurance and mental endurance are very much different. I am not saying college sailing won't help but don't bank on it for big fleet laser racing training. Also as a note Andrew Campbell went to Georgetown a MAISA school.
     
  5. sailchris

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    I know where Andrew Campbell went to school. The quality of local competition and coaching is higher in NEISA than MAISA though. Although the best sailors from the best teams in each district sail against each other at intersectionals anyway, it is the level of local competition that is most important for the improvement of the rest of the sailors on a team.

    And, for a sailor like Ross, the coaching, daily practice, and weekend regattas against other good sailors would be very valuable. Although the races are shorter, such races stress starting, mark roundings, and other close-quarter boat handling skills as well as tactics and boatspeed. These skills are still important in big fleet racing.

    Regardless, there's plenty of time to race Lasers in bigger fleets in the summertime.
     
  6. Ross B

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    For personal family reasons I need to stay close to home for awhile.
     
  7. fracisco

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    Then I assume that you'll be sending your resume to Sego and your application to USC.
     
  8. Ross B

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    Someplace closer, It looks like I'll be going to Concordia, with no sailing team. My own sailing is more than enough to keep me occupied, along with school, thank you very much.
     
  9. Chainsaw

    Chainsaw Brmmm Brmmm

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    more myths of laser sailing? LOL

    I gaurantee you won't be at a disavantage if you go to the school of your choice. Ask Ben Ainslie which American College he went to. Then tell me all your guys can out sail him. LOL
     
  10. Ross B

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    Ben Ainslie is a God among mere men!

    I never sailed in school,because my high school didn't offer it, even though I tried to start a team, it didn't take off, so college sailing really is not a priority for me.
     
  11. Ross B

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    Two Steps Down-2/28


    We bought the airline tickets todays, we leave the 21st of June, and have a layover at Heathrow in London, fun fun, and then fly into Hamburg. And we leave out of Praha (Prague) in the Czech Republic, and then fly back to Heathrow, and should be home on the 7th of August. I can tell that the baggage is going to be an issue. My Mum and I have to take our regular clothes, and I have to take my Laser clothes and sailing gear, my tiller and extension, and my keel boat gear. My wallet can feel the baggage overage charges from here. I'm sure it will work out, it always does, somehow....

    I also registered for Kiel today, kind of nice being the first Laser sailor registered, and an American to boot.
     
  12. fracisco

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    Can you explain how you still have the wrong dates listed on your website for the US Nationals at ABYC?
     
  13. Merrily

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    Why the hostility?
     
  14. Ross B

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    because I added them a couple of months ago, they might have changed, I'll look into it
     
  15. fracisco

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    It just makes the entire 'campaign' look pretty half-assed with a European vacation thrown into the middle. Two of the biggest events on the US calendar take place at the end of July and beginning of August in California. The dates have been the same since announced last year. Having the dates wrong on the 'campaign calendar' is sloppy and reduces the credibility of the approach.
     
  16. Merrily

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    I still wonder at your hostility. He made a mistake, and instead of starting off mean, you could just try pointing out the error.
     
  17. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    This is an example of constructive criticism:

    This is an example of snide comments from the peanut gallery which should be ignored:

    Ross, be it an "Olympic campaign" or "European vaction", please continue on with it and continue writing in your blogs. I think it will be a good experience for you both as a person and a sailor. I wish I had the opportunity to do something similar when I was your age.
     
  18. stick

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    ross: have you considered shipping (UPS, DHL, or FedEx) your gear ahead. with enough time, it could be a wash for what "extra baggage" charges seem to be rising up to all of sudden. also, it's that much less to carry, check, and watch every minute. travel light.
    i'm pretty sure all of them (UPS, DHL, and FedEx) have offices in Euro for the return.
     
  19. Mawill

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    Ross,

    Although you and I have not always seen eye to eye on a lot of things, don't take peoples' comments as anything other than cowardly attempts to make themselves feel bigger by slamming others. Good luck with your campaign!

    Having said that, I do think Rob was trying to help - not criticize. Don't know Rob other than his posts here, but that is how I read it.

    And finally, (my completely free advice - cause I know you want it ;-) - try to enjoy the campaign. Take the time to see some of what Europe (the world) has to offer - even if some folks think it is a vacation - just because you want to go to the Olympics does not mean you don't get to have a vacation. Prague is amazing - definitely try to do some sightseeing there. The beer is the absolute best. If you get a chance, there is a little bar on the Castle side of the Charles Bridge that sells this beer called Angel. It is off to the Right - give it a looksee if you get the chance. It may be sold elsewhere as well, but this is the only place I found it.

    Good Luck,
    Matt
     
  20. Ross B

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    Are you kidding me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!?? Kiel is a GRADE 1 ISAF EVENT! US Nationals is a GRADE 2! And when I added US Nats to my calender from the ABYC website, 6 MONTHS AGO, THE DATES WERE DIFFERENT, SO EXCUSE ME FOR NOT RECHECKING EVERY 6 SECONDS! Kiel is also THE BIGGEST REGATTA IN THE WORLD!!! With over 5,000 competitors! I was also invited to sail in the Baltic Sprint Cup, which is a chance of a life time, so it will not be passed. I am also trying to change my tickets so I can get back to do the Nationals.

    Also, I don't know you, and if my luck holds I never will. But you have NO RIGHT to talk to me like that, especially since it is easy for you to hide on the internet. I don't know your sailing history, but I know that I have sailed more than most my age. And if you don't like what I do, or the way I do it, I suggest you look elsewhere.


    I have considered this, and will some more, but shipping heavy things to Europe can be very expensive. I forgot about DHL, so thanks for that!
     
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