The head and the heart. In sailing you need them both. You need the technical acumen to strategize, calculating your advantage down to the millimeter. And you need to silence your mind, just feel the boat and let your instincts take control. On this team, Helena is the head. Paris is all heart. Together they’ve mastered the 49er FX.
Helena is always analyzing and planning, organizing and executing. It’s how she’s become one of the top athletes in the world while completing her undergrad degree and starting on her master’s. And it’s how she kept focused on their goal after she was seriously injured during a competition in 2013, her body absorbing the full impact of a 30 mph collision.
Paris doesn’t analyze, she feels. She’s the one who pulled Helena from the water after the accident and stayed with her in the hospital. Out on the water, she feels everything—every miniscule change and movement as the boat speaks to her in a language only she can understand. It gives them extra speed, an edge over the competition that can’t be quantified and yet can’t be denied.
Together, head and heart make a formidable team. Part strategy, part instinct, they are totally committed to their dream and to each other.
Uncharted Waters follows twelve elite US Sailing Team Sperry athletes on their quest to claim a spot on the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.