Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

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  1. Ross B

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    they should, he's kind of a big deal
     
  2. sailchris

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    I suggest you start a sailing team immediately.
     
  3. Chainsaw

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    So what's the update here, Bennett?

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  4. Ross B

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    I should have one within 48-72 hours, its spring break, so I'm VERY lazy at the moment
     
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    Shouldn't you be out sailing somewhere if it's spring break in Southern California?
     
  6. Ross B

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    went out on Wednesday!
     
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    and...
     
  8. Ross B

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    It will be in my blog, wait and read!
     
  9. sailchris

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    It's not there yet!
     
  10. Ross B

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    It will be, have patience!!!!
     
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    Still not there.

    Remember, the key to success is to under-promise and over-deliver.
     
  12. Ross B

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    It will be up tonight.
     
  13. Rob B

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    That's what she said!:D:D:D
     
  14. Ross B

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    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!
     
  15. Ross B

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    As promised:


    Where you teaching a clinic out there? -03/22

    So this Wednesday was my first time out since....... Turkey Day at ABYC? Fack it's been awhile....... This was a special occasion for me as one of my yacht clubs, Lake Mission Viejo Yacht Club (http://members.cox.net/lmvyc/) has recently acquired a handful of Balboa 13's from my other YC, Balboa Yacht Club, and it was the start of the Wednesday series, which also happened to be Spring break for me. The Balboa 13 is a funky little boat, to me the hull shape is a mix for a Finn, Europe, and a 505. It's got a fine entry in the front, and flat and wide in the back, if you roll it to hard, you'll scoop in tons of water. It only has a Main, but it has check stays, so its more fun than a Laser as far as adjustability goes, and it's very tippy! So I must say I love it! Gotta find one for cheap and fix it up! It was also nice to sail against other Balboa 13's, instead of being the only Laser on the lake. A lot to be said for One Design!

    I admit that before going out on Wednesday, I was a bit worried that I might be a bit rusty. It's been since November, I am currently in Physical Therapy, and am currently doing the whole student thing. But as usual I worried for nothing and it all came rushing back to me. I did a roll tack, a roll jibe, remembered that hiking with a short tiller extension sucks and that winds on a lake ALWAYS shift just as you get comfortable, and then dump you in the water, forgot what it's like to have a wet butt.. We had a couple of informal races, never had a start line, we just grouped up and headed for a mark, and finished near a mark, and we did about three of those. It was nice to be able to jump in a new boat, on a lake, and feel pretty good in it, and do very well. As always, I can never remember where in bloody hell the marks are on this lake, so when I sail without a course chart, I have to rely on the usual plan: TACK ON EVERYONE! It seems to work. The key is to figure out the vague direction you heading in, get ahead of everyone, and tack on them, and when they tack, tack back, and continue. It's easy really. Sooner or later you figure out the marks again, and your legit! It was just nice to go out there after so long, and get ahead of everyone and win like the old days, lets hope it lasts.

    When we go back to the Pizza place, for after race pizza, Rod asked me if I was running a clinic out there! Thats one of the best compliments I've gotten since I can remember! Thanks a lot Rod, Hope the knee keeps healing, we're pulling for ya!

    Speaking of knee's... I met with my shoulder doc yesterday, for all of 10 minutes, after waiting for 45 minutes.... (shame on you for making me wait for long!!) and he said it looked like I was improving, but to do another month of Physical Therapy, and I'll see you in six weeks. I feel good, so another month of PT can't hurt. Oh well..

    So I've started to buy all the stuff that I need for Europe this summer, and it's nice when you realize that you just might have underbudgeted, just a smidge..... So far I've got some Hot Chillys underlayers (http://www.hotchillys.com/cm/Home.html) for Baltic. Very good stuff, I used to own a bit of it before my whole gear bag got stolen while I was out sailing at a regatta a couple of years ago. But I would highly recommend it, but under layers I've ever had. I also got the Henri Lloyd Shadow Smock with hood, Salopette, and Musto HPX Ocean Boots, they seem like wonderful stuff, can't complain so far, but I haven't been sailing in it yet, so I have no reason to. Full reports on how all that works after it's been put to the test. My accountant is still crying.....

    I also bought some stuff to do some splicing and that has been an adventure! The full adventure can be found at Sailing Anarchy, and I would like to thank everyone that got me through it and kept me from slitting my wrists, it was a long journey! http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=68985&st=0
    Basically I going to splice the primary line on to the top block of my downhaul. And splice the boom/top block of my vang, make it all nice and neat.

    Also in the news, I will now be sponsored by Ink Me, in their Sail division, which is very exciting. The site is not up yet, but here's the link, so save it, and keep trying! More on that soon, as I don't know much either. www. inkmenow. com

    I'm also going to be product testing and reviewing for Intensity Sails (http://www.intensitysails.com/) I'm very excited about this as they have some very good stuff. More on that as it comes in.

    Laser MidWinters West is next weekend, and I will be sailing Friday and Sunday so I will have a report for those days. As usual, I will have to miss Saturday as I have math class, I must go because I have a test the following weekend, which I must pass to keep my average up!

    Have a Happy Easter, and stay safe out there!
     
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    Laser MidWinters West is next weekend, and I will be sailing Friday and Sunday so I will have a report for those days. As usual, I will have to miss Saturday as I have math class, I must go because I have a test the following weekend, which I must pass to keep my average up!

    Just an idea......Many years ago when I was in school I had the chance to do a Chi-Mac race. However, we were having mid-terms during that week of summer school. I told all of my professors that I had a chance to do this great 300 mile sail boat race on the GL's and each one rearranged my exams so I could go!:D

    My point? See if your teacher will allow you to sit in on another class so you don't have to miss the Saturday race. Tell them about your olympic aspirations and I'll bet they will work w/you.
     
  17. Ross B

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    I understand what your saying, but this class, by this teacher is only on Saturday, so it doesn't really work, it's only one semester anyways. Gotta do what you gotta do....
     
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    I want to highlight a few things that stuck out to me while reading your newest entry - and in no way should it detract from the obvious positives of that wednesday's activities. You may have already done this during your post race debrief.

    You need to begin train yourself to drop the self doubt. Sure it had been a long time between events but how many more times do you have to rediscover your ability before you finally believe in yourself? You can do it. So shut the doubt up and build on the fact you can do it. It's time to move on from maybe's, you don't need to go back to zero everytime. Everyone has their good and not so good days but the winner crosses the line first. That's all there is to it. It is possible to race your finest race and still feel like shit. Forget your emotions and support yourself in self confidence based on fact.

    Secondly, that days racing was a fine stepping stone, but don't waste your time sailing against casual groups. That you didn't know the course or the bouys suggests either you were lax - perhaps the reason being your doubt, and you were soaking up some social good feeling to compensate - as in the above example, or that the group were not seriously racing. Socialising, pizza nights etc are great for a boost, but don't get lost in them. You have seperated yourself from that crowd by determining your path toward the olympics. Like a boy gives up his toys, you have chosen to give up certain luxuries in order to discover olympic gold. You can choose to socialise or not, but always stop to acknowledge what it is you're doing, why you are doing it and how it relates to your olympic focus. That way you will never waste time socilising at an event that does not offer any benefits for your goal.
     
  19. Chainsaw

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    Good to hear about the additional sponsors and access to intensity sails. Sounds like a good platform for success.
     
  20. Ross B

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    Practice is practice, and that is exactly was Wednesday night is considered. I just use it to out out there and stay sharp, The people that sail there are damn fine sailors, and will give you a run for your money if you let your guard down. It's not crazy serious, its after class, for two hours or so, just something to do, instead of sitting behind the computer, and then we eat! Certainly can't hurt.

    And because of my ADD w/out hyperactivity, my memory is absolute crap! So when I haven't sailed somewhere for two years, I'm not going to remember where the marks are!
     
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