Where You See the Hill
Or, where you see the hill for how high the hill is.
Which would be along about now. After Day Four of five qualifying race days for the double-points Medals Race, there are those who can get to the top, those who might, and those who, thank you, gave the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, their best shot.
Biscayne Bay is a January miracle. Not, perhaps, at its best in January, but so much better, bets are, than any other sailing venue in the Northern Hemisphere that would work for ten Olympic and three Paralympic classes.
Those who would be on the podium have been thoroughly tested here, all 768 of them from, now, representing 64 countries as we add Cuba to the list today. RS:X windsurfer Yuseily Gonzalez Luis arrived on Thursday evening to check in this morning for just one day of racing. But not just any day.
This is the biggest event of the year for US Sailing and a one-year-to-go proving ground for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. And today is the final day of qualifying for the double-points Medals Races tomorrow. You can read a class by class survey here of the situation as hopefuls do the math. What are their chances to make the ten-boats cutoff? To quote one gold medalist, “There’s a lot going on out there.”
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015, presented by Sunbrella, is sponsored by Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Sperry Top-Sider, Chubb, and the City of Miami. Thank you to our supplying sponsors at Harken, McLube, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, University of Miami Health System, Vetus-Maxwell, and Adventure Sports.