Tipping point – Part I

We all know that Paul Elvstrøm changed the face of dinghy racing. But 15 years after the Great Dane’s final gold medal another great singlehanded champion made a similar impact, showing how when they were elevated to new levels, kinetics, agility, mental preparation and athleticism could overcome sheer mass when it comes to getting to the weather mark first. Kimball Livingston catches up with ‘the other’ John Bertrand

John Bertrand never raced against anybody but himself
Exaggeration? Doesn’t matter. Without the core truth of it you cannot grasp his growth from 1970s teenage phenomenon to world champion in Lasers and Finns, Olympic medallist and now coach to a new generation of sailors committed to the satisfactions and demands of excellence.

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