- Read the book Sailing Smart, by Buddy Melges
Michael Miller and I read Sailing Smart just before competing in the U.S. Men's 470 Pre-Trials in 2002. By following Buddy's advice, we went on to win five of seven races and won the regatta with a race to spare against one of the best sailing teams ever. We beat Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham, who were campaigning for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where they eventually won the gold medal. Sailing Smart gave us a few more tricks to add to our bag; enough to help us to accomplish something truly memorable in our sailing careers, and it can do the same for you (pick it up on amazon.com).