Don Finkle, in RCR Yacht Sailors News, comments on the state of Olympic sailing.
Sailing in the Olympics: Anyone from the US and Canada who has been following the sailing action is likely disappointed that North America got shut out of the medal stand completely. The last time this happened for the US was in 1936. Clearly the rest of the sailing world has gotten better and more countries are working hard to achieve Olympic success. But there is no way around the fact that this is a shock to NA sailing. I was exchanging notes yesterday with my good friend Jack Mathias, who sailed in the Olympics in 1976 for the US. Jack crewed for Norm Freeman in the Flying Dutchman class and went into the last day with a shot at a medal. He is obviously very interested in what went wrong and we’ll no doubt be hearing and reading much more in the coming months as the current program is dissected.