We are just back from the Sail for Gold regatta in England, with not quite the result we were hoping for, finishing 12th overall. After our bronze medal in Holland a few weeks earlier, it was disappointing to miss the top-10 medal race for the first time in 18 months.

On the upside, we were staying in a great apartment in Weymouth town – a 15-minute bicycle ride from Portland, where the regatta is sailed from. It was pretty cold on the race course – our early North Island winter seems rather mild compared to the UK summer!

On our way back to Heathrow airport on the train, a fallen tree on the tracks meant several hours delay and a hastily arranged £190 taxi ride. Just making it for the final check-in time, we then had to contend with the Chilean ash cloud on arrival to Auckland!

Now back at home with the luxuries of home cooking and our own beds, we have 7 weeks before the Pre-Olympic regatta back in Weymouth. It’ll be exactly one year out from the Olympics, with one representative competing from each country. It is our peak event for the year, so after a week off it’ll be back into training to solve some of the areas of weakness identified in the regatta.