Re: Ross Bennett's Olympic Path 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!