Boat in the photo is clearly going sideways... my reply was more than a bit tongue in cheek!
Trying to go upwind with the kite is usually a bad idea
I've sailed a 2.4mR in the Miami OCR and another regatta over a year ago. Great little boat, loads of fun to sail. I had an absolute blast in both events, while getting totally schooled by the top disabled sailors in the class. Great, tight, tactical racing. I'd love to get a fleet started in Marblehead where I live.
My wife is sailing the new 2 person boat, the SKUD-18. Very different sort of boat than the 2.4mR or the Sonar she campaigned for Athens. We've had the boat since 31 May, and just completed the first regatta (ever, anywhere, we believe) at the Sailing World/Land's End NOOD at Marblehead Race Week. Her team was squeezed out of first in the last race, by 1 point. Would have won on a tiebreaker.
3rd place boat was only 2 points behind her. Another good, close regatta. We're just beginning to sort out the issues with the boat, both from build quality perspective and performance perspective. Still on the very steep part of the learning curve with the boat. It is an absolute blast downwind in a breeze with the kite! I sailed it in Newport in 20-25 knots, planing downwind easily at 12-15 knots I'd guess. Great fun! I gather the RYA just received their SKUDS 2-3 weeks ago. We're off to the US Disabled Sailing Team qualifier in the SKUD next week.
Fundraising IS difficult. And an enormous pain in the ass! Most US sailors are a bit jealous of the RYA's Lottery funding. Our Olympic sailors are barely funded at all, and Paralympic sailors are basically unfunded. US Sailing is working hard at changing that, but it takes time... So for now, it's all up to us. We just received a lot of media attention as a result to the NOOD regatta. We're working on leveraging that into some donations now.
Sailing with Shirley Robertson in the Yngling is certainly the big time. Our coach is Betsy Allison, one of Shirley's competitors in Athens, and no slouch of a sailor herself. I spend a lot of time with Betsy and I figure I pick up 70%-80% of what she sees of my wife's team's problems and mistakes. The difference is, I'm only looking at one boat, while Betsy's looking at 6 to 30 boats!