Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

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Ross B

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Hey guys!

Bradley asked me if I would be interested in posting all my blog postings here about my Olympic Campaign for you guys, similar to what happens with Andrew Campbell, and it sounded like a great idea, so I said of course!

But unlike my blog, you guys can ask me any question you want here, and I will respond. The reason the comments on my blog were turned off is because I kept getting hate spammed, and people were not being productive and positive. And of course this thread will be heavily moderated, so lets stay positive! :)


First a little history:


My Parents introduced me to sailing around the age of five, by taking me out on my Dads S2 in New Jersey, and then I started sailing Sabots in the Junior program at their Yacht Club, Dana Point Yacht Club. Several years later, I moved to the Laser, and moved to Balboa Yacht Club, and did their Junior program. I still continue to race Lasers, and crew on a number of different boats; such as Santana 20’s and a Mumm 30, and I compete locally and away when time allows as I am a full time student. My goals are to work toward the 2012 Olympics in London, in the Laser, and the 2016 Olympics.

This summer I will be continuing my Olympic Campaign by racing in Germany, and doing Kiel Week in the Laser, and crewing on Commodore David Aisher’s Rogers 46 Yeoman XXXII, of the Royal Ocean Racing Club for the Baltic Sprint Cup.


From here on out I'll post my blog postings and answers any questions you guys have. Hope you enjoy!
 
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Ross B

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A New Year- 1/13


I would like to wish everyone a late, but Happy New Year, and wish you the best is everything you do.

This year hold a lot for, and it's not going to be easy. I'm taking five classes this semester, with a Saturday Math class, which will severely cut into my sailing time, but it has to be done, as school comes first till it's done. But don't fret, I will still be racing on the weekends, just on Sunday, and if it's a 3 day regatta, on Friday as well.

On the plus side, the Summer hold great things for me. I am in the planning stages of going to Germany to see family, and will also be doing Kieler Woche, which is the biggest regatta in the world. I will also hopefully be doing the U.S. Laser National Championship over summer, I'm a bit unsure about that one because I might be transferring to a new college next fall, and I don't know when they start, but I should be fine.

I took the boat to the shop when break started to get some work done, so I haven't sailed at all over break, but I havn't really had the time anyways, been very busy. I should be getting my boat back in a couple of weeks. But In preparation for Kiel and US Nationals, I ave been hitting the gym three times a week. Kiel is a major regatta, I need to get stronger, and gain at least 10 to 15 pounds, as is blows like snot there.

I'm also working on some funding with my YC and a donation fund, which I will keep you all posted on. There also might be another sponsorship coming my way.
 
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Good News All Around- 2/2

Since I wrote last my household has been full of good news. It was looking sketchy for awhile, but I was finally able to secure a place to stay for Kiel. I'm still working out the details, but at least I have a place. And I'm also in the process of getting my boat. Overall I'm looking pretty good for Kiel, so stoked!

And it was my 21st birthday, yay me...

I also got my boat back from Tony the other day, and he did a good job getting her back to fighting shape. Dirty little bugger though....... I think I'll wash her next weekend, and put my site's stickers on the sides, make her look all pretty...
 
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New Look- 2/12

With the help of my Mom, I finally got the website logo on to the side of the hull on Saturday, and it looks most excellent! The pictures are a bit dark, but I'm sure you get the idea.

*please see blog for image, I couldn't attach, maybe you could do it Merrily?
 
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SCYA Midwinters-2/12

SCYA Midwinters are next weekend, and Lasers are at Newport Harbor. Thankfully I have the weekend off from math class as it's Presidents Day Weekend. I'm still unsure as to whether or not I'll race, as I am totally exhausted, and my left shoulder is giving me a bit of trouble. But I'll probably turn in the race form today as I'll be up there anyways. I'll probably race, it's been awhile, and I could use the practice.
 
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Not Again...- 2/13

My shoulder is flaring up again, so I made an appointment with my Doc for tomorrow to get this sorted out, and maybe have to do something Physical Therapy again. It could be another torn rotator cuff, or something of the sort. I've always have shoulder issues, but I want to get this fixed before Kiel and the Baltic Spring Cup. I'll keep you updated.
 
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Pop and Lock- 2/15

Unfortunately I won't be sailing this weekend as my old shoulder problems have come back. As the doctor says, I am to bloody flexible,as in risk dislocation flexible, while its a wicked cool party trick, its still bad news all around. I'm apparently super flexible in my shoulders, hips, elbows, and and hand/fingers. And it actually turns out that I've technically been dislocating my shoulders and hip all along, and I've always just thought I've been popping them...(Pop and Lock Baby! http://youtube.com/watch?v=BKyfWY8uEjs ok not quite...) So back to Physical Therapy I go for a month or so.. Hopefully this time I'll remember to do the exercises for good.. But either way I gotta get back in shape for Baltic and Kiel. I just need to be ready for Laser Midwinters West for I can said Friday and Sunday ( bloody math class keeps me from sailing Saturday), I at least need to keep my appearances up...

In other news, I've been getting my bowman's harness ready for the season. For my birthday I received the new version the Spinlock Harness, its very cool, gotta say thanks to the parents for that, thanks Mum and Dad! http://www.apsltd.com/Tree/d297000/e295837.asp I certainly is interesting learning all about carbiners and how their rated and spec'd, and dear God are they expensive! I advise everyone to stay at the back of the boat just because of how expensive all this stuff is, it has to be replace every couple of years just for safety!

For my three readers that read my blog ( I see you reading this Conan O'Brien!) you will have read me talking about the Baltic Sprint Cup. Thank to my amazing Godfather Don, he has hooked me up with his friend, the Commodore David Aisher, of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and I will be racing on his Yeoman XXXII, and with any luck will join then for the full duration of the race. More to come on this later. http://www.balticsprintcup.com/


The Yeoman:

*please see blog for image, I couldn't attach, maybe you could do it Merrily?

Thats enough for today, my shoulder hurts just sitting here, time to go ice it.
 
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Show Me The Money!!! -2/23

I've started my Physical Therapy for my shoulder and things are going well so far, both are pretty sore, but my therapist is like a bloody slave driver, and working me hard. So I should be ok for Laser Midwinters West, except for having to miss Saturday because of math class, it should be a great regatta, and I really look forward to getting back out again as I haven't sailed since Turkey Day.

I am also still working on firming up my Europe Trip. I think I have the flight reservations figured out, and I am desperately trying to get in touch with SailCoach for a charter boat. Thankfully accommodations are taken care of.

It's also a good thing I didn't go to NHYC for SCYA Midwinters as no Lasers showed up. I would have had to go to MBYC, which is a trip I was not exactly ready to make.

I also set up my budget for the year and for Europe, and I must say that the numbers are a bit scary, even though they might be a bit conservative. I'm just thankful that I'm not campaigning a Finn yet. Hopefully after submitting my budget to my Yacht Club, they will further consider helping me out, and set up a tax deductible donation fund, so all my supporters can help me out.

Yearly Budget:


Coaching: $500

Equipment:

-Sail Complete (Sail, Battens, Numbers, Sail Bag): $900
-Top Section: $250
-Lines and Blocks Etc: $300

Regatta Entry: $400

Sailing Gear: (Clothing) $600

Campaign Development: (Website Upkeep, Campaign Related Items): $300

Repairs: (Boat Repairs and Clothing Alterations): $300

Miscellaneous and Emergency: $1000

Total: $4550


Kiel Week and Baltic Sprint Cup:

Equipment: Same as above

Living: (Food and Accommodations): $1000

Travel: (Plane, Train, Bus, Baggage Charges): $1600

Boat Charter: $1000

Regatta Entry: $165

Charter Insurance: ?

Sailing Gear: (Clothing):

Baltic: $1600

Kiel: $300

Emergency Funds: $1000

Total: $7565
 
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stop the press!

I have a question.

I see your budget for racing per year includes a new top section. Dunno about in the U.S., but here they come with a bright orange sticker that implies they are more likely to break or bend permanently when new, before they become work hardened.

Has any lab testing be done to prove how long it takes for a top section to reach optimum hardness and how long before either bending performance drops off or risk of breakage through being over brittle increases?

I'm sure, given that laser sailing is riddled with myth and legend that people will say, hell, just replace every year. But is it really necessary?

(Opportunity here for dyed in the wool laser defenders to argue how much ILCA need our cash and we should just buy buy buy regardless)

If you've ever tried to get your insurance company to pay out on broken spars and torn sails, you'll know they will argue both ways at once:

that new soft spars are dangerous because they break.

and old hard spars are dangerous because they break.

but your spar must be a bit old to reduce the chances of breakage, but on the other hand they give out new spars with new sails in an effort to avoid breakages.

laser say their spars will not usually break, but you should expect them to break, and they cannot be held responsible regardless of anything breaking ever.

:confused:
 

Merrily

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Best wishes on your campaign, Ross. I'll check into attaching the picture you mention. Sort of cross eyed from drinking wine at a sailing party tonight. Tomorrow. G'night!
 
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I dunno.........

I just know I'm due for a new one, as my two top sections are not as straight as they could be, and are a couple of years old..


*Thanks Merrily, hope you feel better in the morning!
 
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...Can you see the picture that I placed in the post?...
Yup. I see them all, Merrily.

Ross, ask Sarah F., how much she did spend for food etc at Kiel 2007. Most sailing gear (non Laser parts) you get at Kiel. They allways have a small exhibition for sailing gear at Schilksee or at downtown Kiel at aw-niemeyer you get sailing gear, too. Laserparts you also get from Hamburg from the Laser dealer. There is a small [URL="http://www.aquashop.de/shop/default.htm?laser_zubehoer.htm]Laserstore[/URL] at Kiel, but they are expensive. Also think about the fact, that the "US$ to Euro"-ratio is very bad for US citizens. The more you get to Kiel from home, the more $ you save. Try to sell several sailing-stuff aft the final races and get some profit from that. A DVD with a TV documentaion (in GER language) about Kiel Week 2007 is just since Friday on the way to Scott, perhaps he makes a copy for you.

LooserLu
 
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One Step Closer...-2/24

SailCoach called today, and they still have a boat for us, so we just have to pay them and we're good to go. Nice to get this monkey off my back, just gotta take care of the other nasty buggers......
 

Rob B

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Show Me The Money!!! -2/23

I've started my Physical Therapy for my shoulder and things are going well so far, both are pretty sore, but my therapist is like a bloody slave driver, and working me hard. So I should be ok for Laser Midwinters West, except for having to miss Saturday because of math class, it should be a great regatta, and I really look forward to getting back out again as I haven't sailed since Turkey Day.

I am also still working on firming up my Europe Trip. I think I have the flight reservations figured out, and I am desperately trying to get in touch with SailCoach for a charter boat. Thankfully accommodations are taken care of.

It's also a good thing I didn't go to NHYC for SCYA Midwinters as no Lasers showed up. I would have had to go to MBYC, which is a trip I was not exactly ready to make.

I also set up my budget for the year and for Europe, and I must say that the numbers are a bit scary, even though they might be a bit conservative. I'm just thankful that I'm not campaigning a Finn yet. Hopefully after submitting my budget to my Yacht Club, they will further consider helping me out, and set up a tax deductible donation fund, so all my supporters can help me out.

Yearly Budget:


Coaching: $500

Equipment:

-Sail Complete (Sail, Battens, Numbers, Sail Bag): $900
-Top Section: $250
-Lines and Blocks Etc: $300

Regatta Entry: $400

Sailing Gear: (Clothing) $600

Campaign Development: (Website Upkeep, Campaign Related Items): $300

Repairs: (Boat Repairs and Clothing Alterations): $300

Miscellaneous and Emergency: $1000

Total: $4550
I'm wondering about your budget. All of your gear should be 110% ready to go at thsi point and your regatta schedule does not look very aggressive.

What kind of clothing do you need at this point? Having sailed the boat for a few years you should have that gear sorted out as well as your rigging.

Are you going to buy 2 new sails? Your current schedule only supports 1 new sail for the whole year and based on your activity in 2007 your current sail should not be to rough.

Lines, block, maintenance? You just got her out of the shop unless you get t-boned your spending here should be $0.

I think you can get by on way less. I'd budget much higher for travel expenses like food, gas, lodging. If you are planning on traveling anywhere other than Kiel.
 
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don't worry about my budget, you should not be concerned with how I spend my money

this is exactly why I worry about posting my life on places where people can comment, because I get people that pick it apart, I do this to keep track of what I've done, and so if people choose to do the same thing, they can compare notes, not for people to belittle me
 
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Yup. I see them all, Merrily.

Ross, ask Sarah F., how much she did spend for food etc at Kiel 2007. Most sailing gear (non Laser parts) you get at Kiel. They allways have a small exhibition for sailing gear at Schilksee or at downtown Kiel at aw-niemeyer you get sailing gear, too. Laserparts you also get from Hamburg from the Laser dealer. There is a small [URL="http://www.aquashop.de/shop/default.htm?laser_zubehoer.htm]Laserstore[/URL] at Kiel, but they are expensive. Also think about the fact, that the "US$ to Euro"-ratio is very bad for US citizens. The more you get to Kiel from home, the more $ you save. Try to sell several sailing-stuff aft the final races and get some profit from that. A DVD with a TV documentaion (in GER language) about Kiel Week 2007 is just since Friday on the way to Scott, perhaps he makes a copy for you.

LooserLu
Thanks Ludwig, I will look into that
 
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