Miami, Israel and some time at home!

Hi, I'm currently in Weymouth getting some training in before I head off again to Palma in just over a weeks time! Since I last updated you guys I've been to Miami World Cup, Israel for the senior world champs and spent a bit of time in Weymouth.

Some training in Miami

Some training in Miami

I went out to Miami with a week to go until the competition to get some warm weather training in and get used to the conditions, however on my trip home from Malaysia I caught a nasty flu/stomach bug and I ended up just trying to get healthy for the competition. The Miami world cup started off with a long day waiting for the wind and eventually we got one race in before the sun set. I had a really good race, rounding the windward mark 4th, I ended up finishing 9th but I was still really happy. After that my races got a bit trickier and I struggled a bit results wise but I learnt some big lessons in preparation for Israel, the World Championships. 

Miami World Cup : Oh dear, I didn't realise there was a camera!! haha, me coming across the finish line on day 3 i think..

Miami World Cup : Oh dear, I didn't realise there was a camera!! haha, me coming across the finish line on day 3 i think..

When I got back from Miami I had a squad camp in Weymouth and managed to do some fitness training before I flew out to Israel for the Worlds. I had a week before of training in Israel and the weather was SO nice, (i'm very jealous), it was 25 degrees and 15 knots with sun everyday! Of course when the regatta started the weather changed dramatically. On the first day the 60 girls were racing in the afternoon, it was cloudy, a completely different wind direction to what we had before. Also the temperature had dropped from 25 degrees, to a chilly 12 degrees!!! 

 A cold first day of racing in Israel

 A cold first day of racing in Israel

My first 2 races were really good, I got a 6th and an 11th which I was so happy with, especially after being so disappointed after the 2015 worlds in Oman, I proved to myself that I could compete against the older girls. Day 2 we had 2 more races, these would decide who would be in gold fleet and who would be in silver. My first race of the day was really really bad, so it all came down to the last race of the day. I had an ok start but rounded the top mark about 20th so I needed to catch up on the second lap! Somehow I managed to pull it out the bag and I finished 10th and just made the cut for the gold fleet. I was very happy and relieved that I had finally made the gold fleet at a senior world championships!

The last 3 days of the worlds were very hard but also fun. Eventually I finished 25th Overall and 7th Under 21. I left Israel feeling happy but also I think I could have done better and pushed up the leaderboard a bit in the second half of the week. Anyway it just makes me more determined to train even harder! ;)

Now I've been at home for nearly two weeks and I have a national competition this weekend before heading out to Palma on the 21st for some training the first week and then the Palma regatta the second week.


Silver Medal at the ISAF Youth World Championships!

So I've just arrived home from the Isaf Youth World Championships in Malaysia. At the ISAF Youth Worlds only one boy and one girl from each country can go. The selection for this event took place back in August at Hayling Isalnd where my brother, Dan and I both managed to qualify. We had a week in Langkawi, Malaysia before the event started so we could prepare and get over the Jetlag before the racing started. We celebrated Christmas day by taking a little rib to an island and having a BBQ on the beach watching the sunset and even a thunderstorm!! The week leading up to the event seemed to pass by very quickly and soon enough we were given our equipment and we had our practice race and the opening ceremony.

Christmas day on the beach  

Christmas day on the beach

 

Opening Ceremony!

Opening Ceremony!

For the 3 months leading up to the event I had been focusing on fitness and trying to get as much time in the light winds as possible (not that easy when training in weymouth in the winter ;) ) so when the wind forecast for the first 3 days of racing says 15-20knots it came as a bit of a surprise!! The racing was really close in the top 4, we were changing positions all the time throughout the race which made it really fun and exciting racing. After 2 days I was placed in 3rd position with a score card of 4,1,4,1,4,1. On the 3rd day of racing the wind was slightly lighter and more shifty but luckily I still managed to keep a consistent day of top 4's putting me in 3rd position going to the rest day and the final 2 days of racing!

Winning a Race!!

Winning a Race!!

 

On the rest day we had a well deserved lie in after getting up at 6.30am everyday and then we went to a waterfall and saw some malaysian monkeys! On the penultimate day of racing we had lighter winds, around 8-14knots which meant a lot of pumping! My first start on that day was really bad so I was playing catch up throughout the race, somehow I managed to pull it back to fourth to keep me in the game. Actually the whole day felt like it was a game of playing catch up and I was very glad I had done those torturous winter rowing interval sessions which meant I keep pumping throughout the race. On paper however my day didnt look bad at all with another day of top 4's and I had secured the bronze medal!

Waterfall!!!

Waterfall!!!

On the final day we were only scheduled one race. I was still in contention for the gold and silver medal. For the silver medal there had to be two people in between the Chinese athlete and myself. It was the lightest winds we had, had all week with about 5-9knots. I had a great start and managed to pump over the Chinese athlete and at the first windward mark I rounded 2nd behind Hong Kong. On the second upwind leg I managed to pass the Hong Kong athlete and the Chinese athlete was in 4th so if we had finished the race there I would have won the silver medal! On the top reach it was very marginal wind but I managed to stay planing for the majority and extended my lead. However on the downwind I tried to get planing and went at a much higher angle than anyone else and sailed much further so by the time we got to the bottom mark the Hong kong girl had caught me up and passed me! I knew I had to overtake her to get the silver medal, with only 100metres until the finish line I pumped so hard and managed to get planing over the top of her and finished the race in first place!! The Chinese athlete finished in fourth place which meant we were on equal points but because I won the last race, I won the silver medal! The gold went to Stefania Elfutina from Russia!

Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me to get me this far!

After the Final race!

After the Final race!

Dan and I at the prize giving

Dan and I at the prize giving

The Podium for the RSX girls

The Podium for the RSX girls



2015 RSX World Championships – Oman

Hi everybody!

Just arrived home after the World Championships in Oman! It was a long week with light marginal winds and 35-40 degree heat! My result was not great and I'm not very happy with it but I learnt so much throughout the week and was improving all the time in the light conditions. Now I will have some time off to recover before I start training full on to prepare for the ISAF youth worlds in Malaysia over Christmas! Thank you to everyone for supporting me.