"You know you're getting old when kids call you 'Mister,' " says Peter Seidenberg, one of the world's top Laser sailors in the Great Grand Master class, which is reserved for competitors age 65 and older. He's perfectly aware that this salute is meant to be polite, but youngsters (like those under 60) don't realize they are doing him no favor with formality.
Russian-born designer and an American skipper have a speedy prototype planned; need an investor
In case you haven't noticed, US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, is gearing up for prime time. This preparation is a quadrennial ritual leading up to the Olympics, when sailing gets noticed by the mainstream and only medals count. To that end, US Sailing is tasked to develop and select athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2012 who can match high expectations that were set in the past when U.S. sailors were Olympic medal machines that produced 21 out of 24 possible podium finishes between 1984 and 1992.
I was at Gig Harbor, Wash., on southern Puget Sound about to try one of the rowing/sailing skiffs built in the Pacific Northwest. To someone who's been prejudiced against rowing as "sitting down and going backward as fast as you can," it was a big leap of faith.
I wanted to sell a book. That's all. I had some hopes, because the svelte young lady looked like she'd spring for a copy of my new book "Sustainable Sailing." Then again, you never know. So I asked what kind of sailing she does.
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