We have been training with the Irish team who we hosted in New Zealand for ten days. We learnt a lot from the racing against the Irish boys and it was great to have them here in New Zealand. We managed to get 8-9 sailing days in until the “weatherbomb” struck which interrupted training.
We are now looking forward to training with the Spanish team when they are in Auckland for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in a few days’ time. We are excited to go out and see the boats come in, it is great for New Zealand to have this race back in town after a 10 year gap from coming to Auckland. The large number of Kiwis across the fleet is pretty cool and it will be great for the profile of sailing in New Zealand.
We have packed and shipped off one of our boats which will arrive in France and in the next couple of weeks we will be sending our Olympic boat straight to Weymouth. Another box ticked on the road to London.
On the 12 April (just over 100 days to go until London Olympics) we will depart and make our way to a World Cup Regatta in South of France. We will have about a week of build-up before this event which kicks off on the 22nd April. From there we are going to Zadar, Croatia for 49er World Champs (7-12 May).
Fourteen nations have now qualified for the London 2012 Olympics in the 49er class in addition to the host nation Great Britain for the 49er Class with an additional five to be determined at the 2012 49er World Champs. The fourteen qualified nations are: Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United States and New Zealand (us - Pete and Blair).
You might remember that the last 49er World Champs were in Perth not so long ago. They were held in December, but the 2012 World Champs are being held only five months later. This is because of the summers being different in northern and southern hemispheres. We performed well at the Perth World Champs in 2011 and are again looking to earn a medal in Croatia. The Spanish team will be completing the Volvo Ocean Race so will miss this competition, but Olympic teams from other nations will be there and we can’t wait to race them.
We have also enjoyed the London athlete workshops which every potential Olympic athlete goes to. At this we got to try on the uniforms and meet other athletes from different sports.
Good luck to those athletes who are still looking at gaining selection and well done to the rowers who have been added into the Olympic Team, we can’t wait to see them in London where we are all hoping to live our Olympic dreams and make New Zealand proud. 142 days to go....