Saturday, August 11, 2012
After the dismal performance of the US Sailing Team Sperry-Topsider at the Olympics this year (first time the US team didn't medal in sailing since 1936) there has been much idle chatter on the forums as to what went wrong.
Some blame the man leading the team for the last eight years.
Some blame the bureaucratic and inward-looking nature of US Sailing.
Others point to the low levels of participation in and enthusiasm for sailing in the USA as compared to Australia and Great Britain.
Others say that sailing in the USA is only a sport for rich white people.
I was reminded of that photo above. I wonder if things would have been different if that mixed race boy living in Hawaii a few decades ago had turned to look at that boat behind him and asked his Mum, "Can I learn how to sail one of those?"
Maybe he would have won an Olympic gold medal in sailing and inspired millions in the generation that followed him to take up sailing?
I guess he did OK anyway.
Posted by Tillerman at 8:15 PM