Ross Bennett's Olympic Dream

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Rob B

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Also, sailing technique and skill will play a certain role.....[/QUOTE]

Well, maybe just a small part.:rolleyes:
 
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thanks, if I had my normal weight it wouldn't have been a problem. I would have liked more practice though, its not something we normally get in SoCal
Dude, I've browsed most of this thread, and to tell you the truth, I find it almost sad and pathetic.

So, if I understand correctly, fleet score +1 was 53? The two races you raced, you scored 51's...? Come on man, for what it's worth, save the money, stay home, and train a little bit more.

"By day one I recken I was at a slim 160 pounds"

Well, if you weighed "171-175 ish" before you went over, there is absolutely no way you lost that much weight. Unless, of course, you thought it would be good to see how much you could dehydrate yourself and how much water weight you could lose before needing to go to the hospital. But I really doubt that.

"By day one I recken I was at a slim 160 pounds, which is no good for 30 knots in a Full rig, and when I went out the second day, I went up wind for all of 2 minutes at the start line, told the RC I was heading home."

"The beat home was a different story, 2 hours, upwind, 30 knots, and your too damn light"

Just sounds like you plain quit and are trying to make excuses to make it seem more acceptable.

"...but the trip over really did it to me, as I can loose up to 3 pounds by skipping a meal, so sitting on a plane and in airports for 20 hours will takes its effect"

You don't lose weight from skipping a meal. Maybe you just always weigh yourself after eating a big meal and then expect that to be your weight all the time, I don't know.

Hey, here's an idea: plan for that shit. Trip over...long airport waits...no source of good food...

Jeez, maybe I should toss some: Powerbars, Gatorade, water, granola bars, fruit (not sure if this is allowed?), yogurt, etc. in my backpack to eat...JUST IN CASE.

Like man this whole Olympic campaign thing you got going must be your idea of a terrible joke. Either that, or you seriously need to step back and take a look at the situation. Don't set all these high performance goals and shit and set out your whole budget, then get bent out of shape when people comment/offer constructive criticism on it. It the same when you always whine about being a full time student and don't have the time to train and stuff. Well, who puts on a full blown Olympic campaign while still in/attending college? I don't know

This is not an Olympic campaign at all. There are guys on national teams who are not pursuing Olympic campaigns. Guys who have done exceptionally well internationally and won major North American events

Try coming top 5, 10 or even 15 at a major North American regatta before you start up and "Olympic campaign."

I look forward to seeing your results at US Nats.

Also, saw the pictures of your set up. I suggest moving your outhaul to the back of your boom, as most people do these days. It's better. With the way you have it, in breeze, when your vang is cranked it will inadvertently adjust/change your outhaul setting. Having all the purchase at the back of the boom eliminates this.

Also, I would like a response to this. I mean I doubt you will and you might just bitch and whine some more, but I truly would like a response.
 

Rob B

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Shatty, if you've read through all of these posts on this topic you will see that he does not respond well to this type of "criticism". Also, he has conceded that his "campaign" his mostly a dream at this point and he is realistic about his chances of actually making the or any "team".

I notice you're new to the forum. We keep it clean around here as a lot of kids post, (I know, I know they hear all of this on the race course and in real life anyway, but it's just the way we do it hear) so just replace the "S word" with "crap" next time.

Personally I'd like to see folks post more regatta reports with actual detail. Wind was blowing X, my settings were Y and my finishes were Z. My strart were X and my approach was Y. You know? That kind of stuff.

Yes Anna and Andy give regatta reports, but they can't get too detailed as I'm sure their competitors read their updates!

Anyway, feel free to post your next regatta report or results at the NAT's.

Rob B
 
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Shatty
Finally somebody has put an end to all these false expectation about Ross actually having an "Olympic Campaign". I have no personal problems with Ross (in fact I actually admire her efforts), but I believe that she always finds excuses for her poor performance in her weight, (we all know that low weight can easilly be compensated with physicall training) and is naive enough to think that finding the perfect boat setup will dramatically improve her performance.
Once again I must repeat that I have nothing personal with Ross, but I do think that she should be a bit more realistic in general
 
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Also, saw the pictures of your set up. I suggest moving your outhaul to the back of your boom, as most people do these days. It's better. With the way you have it, in breeze, when your vang is cranked it will inadvertently adjust/change your outhaul setting. Having all the purchase at the back of the boom eliminates this.
So just take the blocks, shorten the line that ties to the end of your boom, and lengthen your control line? Any possible pics of this?
 
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So just take the blocks, shorten the line that ties to the end of your boom, and lengthen your control line? Any possible pics of this?
Umm. I could explain, but getting pictures next time I rig up would be much easier I think

I could do this Monday maybe.

I'll toss in pics of my cunningham set up and other stuff too I guess.

...And make a separate thread about it
 
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Umm. I could explain, but getting pictures next time I rig up would be much easier I think

I could do this Monday maybe.

I'll toss in pics of my cunningham set up and other stuff too I guess.

...And make a separate thread about it
Thanks man. Any way you could do it sooner? I have a big regatta on monday and tuesday...
 

Rob B

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Ross,

Assuming you are back and have a big event this weekend at your home club. Are you still doing that or taking a break from the boat? If you are sailing what are you doing to gear up for this weekend?

What are your goals/expectations?
 
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There's a big event at BYC? news to me! What is it?!

I know Nationals is at ABYC, which I will attend, my first goal is to get on a plane on Wenesday and get home, I have a beer can race on Thursday at my club, then Nationals. Hopefully my Mum can refrain from injuring herself again, and everything will go ok. And I hope all my gear that I shipped back will have arrived by then, so I should be good to.
 
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Shatty
Finally somebody has put an end to all these false expectation about Ross actually having an "Olympic Campaign". I have no personal problems with Ross (in fact I actually admire her efforts), but I believe that she always finds excuses for her poor performance in her weight, (we all know that low weight can easilly be compensated with physicall training) and is naive enough to think that finding the perfect boat setup will dramatically improve her performance.
Once again I must repeat that I have nothing personal with Ross, but I do think that she should be a bit more realistic in general
It's nice to see that Ross now seems to recognize that what he's got with respect to an Olympic campaign is purely aspirational (dream) and in not a serious contender.

On the other hand your snide remarks are uncalled for (ie she vs he)...
 
Ross,

If you have a dream go for it, don't let others have the discretion on the matter of you making it or not; the internet is a great way to find information. If you have a question, ask it, you will probably get a fine answer. But keep your dreamy thoughts to yourself. All this mumble jumble is a waste of time, get out on the water. Im right up the coast from you we should match race, cheers.

M
 

Rob B

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Checked Ross's blog. He posted regatta updates there. He must have asked Bradley to shut down the link between his blog and this spot. I guess the criticism was getting to him. He's still having major issues in anything over 15 and still thinks he's too light at 168, (sorry Ross, not so) and he thinks his boat has problems with his boards being too thin and out of alignment. So he's 3 for 3 in major events. I think he's got a couple more on his calander for the rest of this year. Time will tell if he can get out of the bottom 10% of the fleet at these big events.
 
Time will tell if he can get out of the bottom 10% of the fleet at these big events.
He can if he puts the time in. The top guys live Laser sailing and unless Ross wants to be full-time, he won't get to the very top. But he can certainly get off the bottom by PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, some coaching or a good clinic, working out,more PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE,.etc. He's still young he should have a good learning curve with the right effort.
 
He can if he puts the time in. The top guys live Laser sailing and unless Ross wants to be full-time, he won't get to the very top. But he can certainly get off the bottom by PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, some coaching or a good clinic, working out,more PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE,.etc. He's still young he should have a good learning curve with the right effort.
i agree. it's a shame we will not hear any race reports from him on this regatta. his overall finish was not great, but he did start and finish every race. he did beat boats in every race, and he had a finish in the forties. no dsq's or penalties. not bad, considering his schedule just before this regatta. hopefully, he will take away from this experience what he needs to do to post top ten finishes: practice, more big fleet regattas, weight training, and more practice. 2 years from now when he's done school he will have the time and lack of distractions to put his dream to the test.
 
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