We returned home from London a week ago. It has not entirely sunk in yet, but this campaign has come to an end. We competed in the Olympic Games. We put everything we had into our quest for a Medal. We finished 15th in the regatta we had worked tirelessly towards for four years. We are disappointed in that result, yes, but we have no regrets. Some regattas go your way, and some don’t. This was not our regatta. The result does not change the fact that we dedicated ourselves to something great.
We put up two good races on day one. While it was frustrating to know that we lost a few places, we were happy with the results. On the second day, we had two races again, and put up a big score in the first race by allowing ourselves to deviate from our strategy on the first beat. We made up for it by executing in the second race and recording a race win, a highlight of the event. The third day was nothing special, and again we left some points on the board with small mistakes. The fourth day was when we began to give ourselves an uphill climb toward the end of the event. We capsized once, and generally did not sail cleanly. With the pressure on, we sailed well for the majority of the three-race day 5. With four lap windward-leeward courses on the tricky Nothe course, we put up a 2-17-5. The 17 could have been much better. The other races were truly well sailed. After a rest day, we sailed in some very light conditions on the outside course. We found ourselves behind both races and could not climb back. The final day was all or nothing for the medal race. We had a good first race going but fouled another boat on the final upwind leg and had to do a 360. The final race was indicative of much of our event. We just missed one or two crosses, and found ourselves fighting from the back.
Our preparation going into the Olympics was everything it could have been. The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider gave us all the possible advantages to succeed. Our supporters and sponsors did the same. We want to thank everyone for your faith in us, and we want to assure everyone who was behind us that we never gave up. We gave it our all right up to the end. There are far too many individuals and organizations to thank by name here. Please know that we are forever indebted to you, and that we could not have made it to the Olympics without your help in so many ways.
The greatest thing Trevor and I were able to do throughout this campaign was to connect with so many people, especially kids, about the sport that we love. We would never trade that opportunity for any result at any event.
We are both going to take some time off now before deciding what is next. So, for now, we offer once again our most sincere thanks, and look forward to seeing you on the water!
Storck Moore Sailing