“The Australians, British and New Zealanders are island people. Communicating with the sea and sails is in their DNA. This is an entire culture passed down from generation to generation. Half of those countries’ populations are interested in sailing.”
So says Georgiy Shaiduko, senior vice president of the Russian Yachting Federation, member of the Executive Committee of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and silver medalist in the Soling at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
I guess that's it then. The USA isn't an island. Canada isn't an island. Brazil isn't an island. Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands aren't islands. All you nations that aren't islands might as well shut down your Olympic sailing campaigns now.
Georgiy says that sailing isn't in your DNA. You don't stand a chance.
We Brits, with some help from the Aussies and the Kiwis, will crush you every time.
Hmm. I wonder if Georgiy knows who is going to win the America's Cup?
And if sailing is in my DNA, why am I such a crap sailor?