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Dan Morris

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Loving the Process and Thinking Big

Last week we raced our first international regatta, Sailing World Cup Miami. We sailed 12 races over 4 days and came away in 14th out of 16. For those of you following results that may have seemed like a hard blow to all the work we have been putting in on the water these past few months, but at no point did we take SWC Miami as a blow. We pulled our boat up the ramp every afternoon grinning and are feeling energized as ever to keep pushing on the water. As far as we are concerned right now results don't matter. We have a plan in place, our "Big Picture Process", that is focused on just that, the BIG picture (i.e. the path to Tokyo 2020), and that's what matters, not our result in the first event of the first year of that process.

So, here it is: the four year plan, the Big Picture Process:

Year one Objective (that's where we are now): Learn as much as we can about the boat and how people are sailing it. This means logging hours and hours on the water and trying as many things as possible; and that's exactly what we are doing. This january we spent 60 hours on the water (most teams average about 45 a month at this phase of the quad) and have been nailing down our upwind speed and maneuvers with lots of on the water drills and theory discussions on land..READ MORE!

Kate Shaner

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Caroline Atwood

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Since 2002, The Skiff Sailing Foundation has supported Olympic Campaigns in the 49er class. Please browse above to learn about our current campaigns and consider getting involved! We are looking for Volunteers and Donors to make Olympic dreams come to life!

The 49er is a fast, challenging boat to sail. Top competitors retiring from the 49er have gone on to drive America's Cup boats, compete in the Volvo Ocean Races, and can be found on the podium at many top level sailing events.

The value of a campaign extends beyond the Olympic Games as young sailors develop skills to last a lifetime. These skills are passed down through local sailing fleets.