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James Spithill —
born on June 28, 1979,
James Spithill is an Australian yachtsman. He was born in Sydney... (wikipedia)
You can no longer just be a good sailor. You have to be an incredible athlete as well. Having said that, you can be a great athlete, the strongest guy in the world, but if you can't anticipate and make decisions under stress and exhaustion and think ahead, then you won't be able to cut it, either.
In typical sailing races a long time ago, you'd come in and go out, and the first thing you'd do is probably have a cold beer. The first thing we do now is have a protein shake and our recovery drink.
Going to the gym on my own I struggle with, but when I'm in there with a teammate or a group of guys, it's the ultimate environment.
There is no trophy for the team that sails the most.
I've kind of banned myself from motorcycles. I've had broken ribs, broken shoulder, wrists, leg, broken collarbone - and it was all from motocross or rugby. All of my injuries have come from outside of sailing.