We’re back in NZ after the excitement of winning Bronze at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. It was a real buzz to stand on the podium after winning Bronze at the Olympic test event, one year out from London 2012.
We finished in the top six in 11 of our 15 qualifying races, before winning the Medal race to secure Bronze. A very satisfying result, especially since this was our nominated pinnacle event for the year and it was our first chance to race in the smaller fleet similar to the Olympics.
We had a couple of really windy days during the regatta ‐testing our gear, technique, fitness and skills to the max. Competing in four lap, 30 minute races in breezy conditions meant multiple manoeuvres, exhausting especially for Blair pulling the gennaker up and down. We mainly raced on the inshore courses (the Nothe and Portland Harbour) which were really close to the shore, great for spectators.
Being part of a small NZL Sailing team was a fun experience. The NZL sailing team had a couple of containers at the venue – one set up as a work shop, and the other for chilling out in.
The plan from now is to take a few weeks off to recuperate and freshen up. The time will disappear quickly with debriefs, planning the next stage, maintaining fitness, organising- all absolutely essential to keep us moving forward for a successful medal winning performance at the 2012 Olympics. The Perth ISAF 49er Worlds in December 2011 is our first chance to qualify NZ for a place in the 49er class for the 2012 London Olympics.