Old Season, New Season

The trials for the US Olympic Team concluded for the windsurfing class in Palma, Mallorca, with Kathleen finishing third.  In Olympic sailing, only the winner of the Trials earns a spot for the Games – one representative per country.  Marion Lepert (San Francisco), a talent in the strong winds seen in Palma this year, sailed an excellent regatta, winning the trials.  Farrah Hall (Annapolis), who represented the US in London in 2012, finished second.

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“My goal was to perform my best and enjoy the experience,” said Tocke after the Trials.  “I am so thankful to all my friends and family who have supported me mentally, financially, and with housing, air miles, flights, equipment discounts, and help transporting my equipment around the globe. Also a special thanks is due to Sperry Top Sider, the sponsor of the US Sailing Team, SLAM, and Headhunter.

After five years of training and round the world travel, Kathleen is looking forward a pause from Olympic sailing.  “I plan to focus on the upcoming Women’s Snipe World Championship in Italy in August and jumping into the Formula Windsurfing Class for some events. I have been mostly crewing in the Snipe for the past four years and am looking forward to getting behind the tiller again.”

On profesional front, Tocke says she is also looking forward to having more time to devote to her career in event media, planning, and marketing.  “Sport is fantastic, and the tactical game in sailing allows you to use your brain, but I am excited to have more time focus on the more intellectual side of life.”


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