On a personal note, I'd like to send great big hugs to my children Will and Clare back in the States. You are missed here - a number of people who knew you from your trip to British Nationals in 2009 have been asking for you both. Someday I'm sure you both will sail Optis here too - and chances are one of the members of TeamUSA Europeans 2011 may very well be coaching you, maybe even your brother Ian!
This week in Portugal reminds one how great it is to be involved with championship Optimist sailing. Meeting new friends, reconnecting with old pals and learning more about other cultures is an amazing experience for both the sailing team as well as the coaches and parents.
With 3 days left, the week has simply gone by too quickly.
Now, back to the racing!