In the USA, winning the Trials means winning the Olympic Trials Regatta. DANE was second in the US Dragon Trials in 1968, fourth in the Soling Trials in 1972, third in the Finn Trials in 1976, and fourth in the Star in 1984. Three of the four times that DANE competed in the US Trials, the person who won went on to win the Olympic gold medal. 'I've sailed the Trials in four different boats and never been to the Olympics. Most of the time the person who has won, has gone on to win the gold. The sad part is that the one who wins the Trials goes. If you don't have a good regatta, you don't go.'
For DANE, sailing and winning the US Olympic Trials is an unfulfilled dream. While he has been the top ranked US Star sailor for a while, DANE still must compete in the US Trials this October. His coach at this regatta is two-time Olympic gold medallist in the Star, Mark REYNOLDS (USA). REYNOLDS just qualified the USA for the Beijing Games through his 12th place performance at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais and has represented the USA in the Star four times.
The Giant among the sailors, PICKEL is an inch taller than BROMBY and the two often tip the measurement scales within a kilo of one another. PICKEL qualified Germany for the Beijing in the Star Class and has fulfilled the entire criterion to represent Germany at the Games, but is waiting to see if any other German teams place among the top five at the Europeans or Worlds next year. If so, there will be a German sail-off at next year's Holland Regatta.
BROMBY sails the only Star in his home country. He does not have an Olympic Trials to worry about, but he still has to qualify his country for the Olympic Games at next year's World Championship in Miami. Miami, one of BROMBY's favourite sailing venues, is where he is the master of the pin end start. BROMBY's crew, Lee WHITE, was on the bow in Savannah, Sydney and Athens and was part of BROMBY's support crew in Barcelona. The pair has just started training together again and is happy to have received the IOC Olympic Solidarity Scholarship and corporate sponsorship from Black Rock, an investment company headquartered in New York; Validis Reinsurance of Bermuda and Arch Capital of Bermuda. It is the first time that BROMBY has had corporate sponsorship this quadrennial and is relieved that he can focus on his campaign.