Just a few miles from the sunny city of Miami, two of the most awaited dinghy sailors of the country, 17 years old Wiley Rogers and 18 years old Jack Parkin who is the crew, are busy training with Dave Ullman, their coach for the Olympic. They just came from the Youth World championship where they brought home the medal for 420s. The sailors are now trying to get it to the next level which is the 470 campaign. Their youth and optimism about the contest might be their stepping stone to being a part of the Tokyo Olympic in 2020.
After the training was over, the boys can be seen lowering their sails as they head back to the Miami Yacht Club which is currently hosting the camp of the new squad of the first ever US Sailing Team. Training along with them are the 470 sailors who joined the Rio Olympic – Stu McNay and Dave Hughes. They are already busy in preparing for the coming competition in 2020. They are sailing an Olympic spinnaker which carries the large flag of America.
Rogers is hoping that they will someday get to where Ullman is right now in the sailing scene.
There are about 85 other sailors who are currently busy training at the Miami Yacht Club hoping that they will be able to join the Tokyo Olympic.
Though this is not the first team camps that happened, this one is not the same as the others for one reason, many considers this a dawn of a new era. They are currently using class boats from Olympic along with kiteboards. It does not only entertain Olympic veterans but also those who are hoping to be a part of the Olympic someday. These young sailors are chosen and sent an invitation to join the camp. They are only high school students but given the chance to train with the big leagues. They are both members of the United States Youth Worlds Team and they are also participating in the current Olympic Development Program which started their camp back in 2015.
Many other hopeful and sailor enthusiasts can start young by joining sailing camps and going to sailing tours in Thailand.