Although there was only one race held in the Three Person Keelboat (Sonar) event, Team USA’s Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) held their podium position. They finished race 7 in fifth place and are now third overall in the 14-boat fleet. Racing began, but was then abandoned due to unstable wind direction.
'It was one of the shiftiest days I’ve ever sailed in a decade, but full credit goes to my team mates Tom and Bradley who have been fantastic all week,' said Callahan. 'We’ve been gelling as a team and peaking at the right time. We handled the breeze and the shifts well. It was nice to finally sail a good hard race once the breeze filled in.'
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It is with heartfelt thanks that I am sending you this note of gratitude and final report from the 2012 Games in the UK.
First, the racing – we all enjoyed a very good week, sailing with the top of the fleet, either “being on” on flirting with winning a Medal. (Congratulations to the Dutch Team for their superb performance!).
With no wind, thus no racing yesterday, we did not get a chance to redeem ourselves from the previous day’s two unforced errors on the starting line, causing two difficult scores and falling back in the standings. Other than these two errors, we sailed with conviction and pride all week - for the USA, and for the disabled children at Sail To Prevail and all across America - illuminating the fact that all of us can overcome adversity if we choose.
Second, and so very meaningful - very special thanks to my extraordinary wife, Alisa, John Havens, Jay and Christy Cashman, Sylvia Brown, Jeff Madrigali, my teammates, Tom and Brad (as well as logistics and training mates), Randy White, The Sailing Foundation of New York (Tom Stark), Ding Schoonmmaker, David Lloyd, Mark Freitas, David Lambert, Mary Gilbane, Steve Olive, the “over the top” volunteers from both The New York Yacht Club and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, and our National Governing Body, the staff and coaching (Betsy Alison) at U.S. Sailing, Adam Turinas, “Messing About in Sailboats,” and literally, the thousands and thousands of notes of support and good luck over these past two weeks.
Finally, as life moves forward, while expanding the reach and mission to assist others in overcoming their (surmountable) challenges, please stay in touch – and join in on the journey to Rio de Janeiro in 2016!
The Team performed stellar in the 2nd race today but mistakes on the starting line in Races 1 and 3 proved too difficult for us to climb back for high finishing spots in these two races.
While we are waiting the results of a protest involving a team other than us, our exact place for the day (and Competition) is not yet known; however, suffice it to say we will have our work cut out for us in tomorrow’s last race to maintain our 3rd place in the standings.
Shifty, but very solid day today. In 3rd place by 2 points. 3 races tomorrow – early start, going to bed now (9:25pm in UK). Family had dinner tonight together here inside Olympic Village. Thanks for all your very kind and thoughtful good wishes – very meaningful and appreciated!
We have been waiting on the results of as protest between Norway and France which just concluded. The result which will put us in 3rd place – now midway through The Games. We had an exceptional first race today, finishing 2nd , just behind Games leader, Norway. Our 2nd race was on pace to be approximately a 5th, but an error on our part landed us in 8th place – unfortunate, but that is why they make “tomorrows”!
Most exciting, however, albeit in business or sport, is when you assemble a Team, with the intention of the sum becoming bigger than the individual parts. It is always a magical moment when it happens – and no one can ever predict the timing of this moment or phase. Well, Tom, Brad and I are “gelling” right now at these Games! Our consistency of sailing with powerful confidence in the top echelon of the fleet, and sailing like it was choreographed for destiny, can be attributed to “peaking” as a true unit right now! So, you can expect some good news going forward over the next several days.
With quiet and steady perseverance, Paul, Tom and Brad advanced into 2nd place today. Off the line with good starts, and “playing the shifts” in tricky conditions, separating our Team from some the higher performing Teams proved beneficial.
Equally beneficial, was consciously choosing to sail “cleanly” and conservative as we enter the middle stage of the Competition.