The move to an international Trials, which utilized a series of international regattas to select the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, was the only logical choice for US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. It’s expensive, and it hurts all the classes domestically, but ISAF World Cup regattas and the ISAF Combined World Championships (always held the year before the Olympics) are far better venues for selecting the best medal hopeful than a small domestic regatta with a few good teams and a handful, or even a lot, of teams that could never compete on the world level. One change to consider: Set up the Trials much as before, using two or more World Cup level regattas the year before the Olympics, but add in a clause that if the winner doesn’t achieve a certain standard (making the medal race in at least one of the selected regattas, for example), then the selection can be delayed until the spring events of the Olympic year. The logic against doing this is it spreads out money that should ideally be focused on getting one athlete or team ready for the Games, it forces athletes to think short term, and it doesn’t encourage the experimentation that can lead to a medal-winning edge, which is vital to equipment-intensive classes like the 470, Finn, or Star. However, a Trials winner who can’t make the medal race in the world championships, or another ISAF World Cup regatta, in the year prior to the Olympics isn’t on the medal track to begin with.