Well, the dust has finally settled from the Paralympic Games, and my life has turned into being an Optimist Sailing Dad with my twin 9-year-old boys, all over the Florida circuit. (The first day that either of them comes home with a “B” for a grade in school, this merry-go-round is going to stop!) Certainly, it is great to get back into a normal cycle with the family, and dabbling with the start of the next Campaign.
As far as my sailing goes, my hand stays relaxed and steady on the tiller of my own vessel as I plan for the future, but it is certainly gratifying to evaluate the many things that were done correctly, from 2009 through 2012. Further, it is interesting that a decision or two made early in the Campaign was ultimately the reason we lost the Silver or Bronze Medal during the last two days of racing. Oh well, live and learn, share with others, and on to Rio de Janeiro in 2016! As many facets of life have now become calibrated in time, and in reality, I look forward to staying in touch and sharing the next journey, already getting under way.
Finally, it is with honor and humility that I share with you the fact that The New York Yacht Club has just named me their “2012 Yachtsman of the Year.”
Thank you to so many people who had a direct, indirect or remotely helpful part in my receiving this prestigious award. By far, it is the most overwhelming thing that has happened to me in sailing and, even more rewarding, it was judged and awarded to me by my peers. For all those who have had a positive influence and input into this success, please take pride in sharing it with me.