Dienstag, Oktober 09, 2007

This one, I cannot believe!

In my morning mail today I got a letter from Roland Gäbler, German Tornado Sailor, (see picture) who has an Olympic Campaign underway for China 2008. Will it be his 4th Olympic participation if he manages it? He has got a Bronze, lucky him. What puzzled me in his letter is the criteria set by the German Sailing Association (DSV) for the Tornado Class to qualify for the one berth available. Actually we have three hot shots in Germany and the Tornado class had always been a hotly contested class. What I find strange this year in the elimination trial is the following:

Our German sailors have to participate in a regatta in New Zealand in February, have to sail one in March in Spain (Mallorca) and another one in April in France, Hyeres. All in the year 2008 of course. Just think about the logistics involved. The travelling. The Money needed up front. Than you easily catch a flu in the aeroplane. The jet-leg, which sometimes last longer in the body than you might believe. (Mmh, I heavily suggest the use of salt-water-spray for the nose to help avoid any such illness or bad feelings). Personally I think that this is not a good plan by DSV but my days are over and things have changed dramatic over the last years. We used to sail on the River Elbe. More hours in the boat, less travelling. Not that I got close to a berth in the ´76 Olympic in the FD class. Just a runner up. There were some better sailors like me. The Diesch brothers, the König brothers, the Batzill cousins. Silver and Bronze medal Winner winner Ulli Libor tried it again. Jörg and Eckard Diesch won Gold in Kingston. Rodney Pattison came second. I will never forget this as I had sailed together with Jörg and with Rodney. With Rodney on his Endurance 35, but that is another story. Nevertheless, I am wishing Roland fair wind and smooth sailing. May the best Team win the elimination trials.

Kommentare:

Joan hat gesagt…

@Fred
Ayer un arroz de saco se cayó en China.

Anonym hat gesagt…

@ joan:
this is a personal blog. what is written here might not be interesting for you but some think differently. no need to be disrespectful with your comment.

joan hat gesagt…

@anonym
disrespectful is to be written without name

Anonym hat gesagt…

>Our German sailors have to participate in a regatta in New Zealand in February, have to sail one in March in Spain (Mallorca) and another one in April in France, Hyeres. All in the year 2008 of course. Just think about the logistics involved. The travelling. The Money needed up front.<

and if I read this one, then I say "the German sailors should remain at home if 3 regattas too many for they are"

>Than you easily catch a flu in the aeroplane<.

Nice, very nice
are the German sailors athletes or what ?

>The jet-leg, which sometimes last longer in the body than you might believe.<

The jet-leg .... all clearly... a jet-lag from April to August (lol)

Fred hat gesagt…

@ Anonym: Thanks for checking in and sorry if you misinterpreted my text or if I had not used the English language in the right way. Of course the jet-leg is not meant to last until the Olympics. Maybe only for a week or so. Haven´t you been there?, I mean feeling really tired and sore for days from a long flight?
>>3 regattas are not too many>> but have you ever thought about the logistics to sail a race down under in your own boat and after a month one in Europe again with your prefered own boat? As an elimination trial? The time would be better spend training with a strong partner, with team mates to get the bugs sorted and the boat/sails/gear up to speed. The goal is to beat the competition at the Olympics and therefore you need hours in the boat and not hours spending on airports, packing, re-covering etc.

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anonymer gast hat gesagt…

Moin Fred!

Durch Zufall über SA, dann scuttlebutt (Dort wird Dein Text gerade erwähnt) auf Dein Blog gestoßen! Großartig! Werde jetzt ab und zu reinschauen. Toll, dass Du Dir ne Flügel-Motte zugelegt hast, diese "Adelung" eines ambitionierten Seglerlebens war wohl überfällig! Gruß von der Warnow!

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