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I had a good two weeks in Palma doing the Melges 32 Worlds recently – I managed to do some cycling and gym work around the sailing which was good to keep things ticking along. As a team were a bit down on training time together with only four full days on the water before the worlds. We struggled a little with starting but had some great comebacks. It was a little disappointing not to get any racing in on the final day as it seemed we were getting better every day. We ended up eight in the end, which I guess was a fair result in a competitive fleet.


Its back Laser training again in Weymouth and this weekend we missed a day sailing through no wind, which is very rare! My cousin and his family came to visit this weekend with the aim of learning to Kite surf. The lack of wind didn’t help but we had a cool time paddle boarding, rock climbing and model boating. There wasn’t a huge amount of wind but we managed to get the kites in the air on land and the kids managed to get some serious air! It was nice to break up the training doing some cool stuff with the kids.

Last week G4S invited several of the team to an Olympic celebration in London, hosted by the broadcaster Claire Balding. Sparky, Stevie and Ben and I were interviewed along with legendary Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie – what a super cool guy, he was just so humble and interesting to listen to.

The morning after we were invited to run with him. A 6.30 pick up was a struggle but the sun rise as we ran around The Serpentine was pretty cool. I only just managed to keep up, but my calf muscles are still aching almost a week later! He runs about 200 kilometres a week, I’m lucky if I cycle that!? It was fascinating speaking to him about how he keeps himself focussed and what he thinks about while he is doing these training runs.

It is now back to Laser training in Weymouth with Nick Thompson and a couple of Canadian and American guys who are coming over to train with us. I haven’t really done much Laser sailing since the Olympic Test Event in August so I’m really looking forward to it.

At the beginning of next month Nick Dempsey and I are off to Alicante with Volvo guests for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. I was lucky enough to see the boats leave Portsmouth last time, which was a great spectacle.

After that I’m off to Tenerife for a bit more Laser training, then on to Barcelona for another Melges event, before I leave for Perth for the ISAF Worlds so I’ve got a busy few weeks to look forward to!



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