Sydney Bolger's answer to how she approaches sailing conditions during competition also ended up being the same mentality that could be applied to fielding questions at Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Bolger, along with Charlie Buckingham and Chris Barnard, returned to NHYC on May 16 as part of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider to talk about their campaign/training to the 2016 Olympics.
Someone asked what type of conditions do the sailors hope for during competition.
"You have to go in every day with an open mind," Bolger said. "And ready for any type of condition."
Little did she know she would also need an open mind during the Q&A session from members of the club and yours truly on May 16.
There were questions about training, schedules and diets, but the media in the back wanted to know more about lifestyle.
I asked: "Are you involved in a relationship, and if so how difficult is it to maintain while training for the Olympics?"
Laughter broke out at the NHYC and there were a few eye rolls.
"It's definitely not easy," Buckingham said with no hint of a chuckle. "It's tough to maintain and I'll leave it at that."
Bolger has a boyfriend, and Barnard carries a long distance relationship with his girlfriend, with plenty of challenges.
Fred Strammer, from Nokomis, Fla., who is also on the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, said he is single and available. I liked his sense of humor.
I'm sure none of the four sailors would ever have a problem landing a date. I mainly wanted to ask the question to grasp the many challenges they face as they vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, basically the Super Bowl of their sport.
I'm not all familiar with sailing, yet, but I do know a story when I see one. And, there's one here, coming out of NHYC and heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics.
There's one spot for the men's Laser class and the top sailors vying for it are Buckingham and Barnard, who both excelled at Newport Harbor High and later at Georgetown. They grew up together as friends at the NHYC.
I don't sense any animosity between the two, but there is a healthy competition for sure to land that spot in the Olympics.
Buckingham is considered the favorite with a bit more experience. Barnard, however, won't back down from the challenge.
Yet, I don't think that necessarily pushes Buckingham to be great. I get the sense he doesn't really need others to provide motivation. He has the goal of being the Laser sailor for the Olympics and he is attacking it.
What a treat for NHYC and the rest of Newport Beach to follow these two as they train for Olympic qualification.
Buckingham is a two-time College Sailor of the Year out of Georgetown (2009, 2011) and gained Olympic experience by working as a coach to Virgin Islands Laser sailor Cy Thompson in the London Games.
They are now training together in Long Beach.