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Old 05-09-2012
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Today was the final day of the qualifying series, and the stakes were very high. Five country spots remained for the Olympic berths, and it appeared that all the spots would be taken in the Gold fleet. If you were outside the cut (top 25), you weren’t going to go to the Olympics.

After a marginal day, we sat onshore waiting for the other fleet scores to come in. We made the cut by four points, qualifying Canada and ourselves (as no other Canadian boat made the Gold fleet cut off) for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The final series starts tomorrow, and it will be easier to relax and try to move up the rankings over the next three days.

Thanks for all the support!


Great stuff ! Well done boyz.
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Wow! Congratulations!
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Great work guys! looking forward to cheering you on when you get to the big stage!
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That's great congratulations!
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Old 05-16-2012
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Default going to be a little late...

It's not usually a good sign when I am writing about the drive home. Ideally they should be uneventful and boring, just a way to get all the gear from A to B.

As you may have read, the trip down wasn't quite that easy, but it paled in comparison to our drive back to Weymouth. Our drive back led us along a coastal road, as the main highway was closed (at the time we didn't know why). Half way up the coast we encountered a large storm with extreme winds (the strongest winds that I think I have seen - feel free to wiki "Bora (wind)"). Our car and trailer didn't take to well to the intense wind, and our trailer flipped, smashing up the boats. Luckily, our car remained upright.

A dozen or so people on the road came over to help try and put the trailer upright, and after using a few ratchet straps (w/ trees for anchors) and everyone pulling their hardest, we managed to get it back on its wheels. Surprisingly, the trailer seemed mostly okay and the hitch assembly survived the incident quite well. We backed the rig up in a pull out that offered some shelter, and started to wait the storm out. The Japanese team joined us a little later that afternoon after they almost had both their trailer and van flipped by a gust!

After a long night of intense rain and car shaking wind, the morning brought... the same damn thing! We were getting a little desperate, as our stock of Cliff bars and water was quite depleted, but finally got a bit of news that the wind would finally start to ease in the early-mid afternoon (Thank you Eric Holden for the forecast!). At 2:30 pm, roughly 28 hours later, we were once again on our way and thankfully we were incident free from thereon.

In Weymouth we had a better chance to look at the damage when we unloaded the boats and masts. The wings on the boats are pretty much totalled, but luckily the hulls sustained relatively little damage and can be fixed (which is good, as we couldn't get another boat for the Olympics very easily). One mast suffered a broken top spreader, but otherwise they all seem to be fine. The trailer is a little worse for wear, but made it back without difficulty, which is all I can ask of it really!

I am pretty happy the trip is over! Now we've got to get our stuff fixed / replaced, as we are looking to be back on the water in Weymouth in two weeks.
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Old 06-14-2012
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta
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Old 07-31-2012
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Hunter and Gordon are off to a good start with a 3rd place in race one and fifth in race three. They currently sit in 11th.

Let's go boys!
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Old 07-31-2012
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Is this a qualifier for the Olympics?
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