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28th February 2009

Finally on the Water

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 The new boatThis week Saskia finally got the all clear to start sailing again after her injury and our campaign could be launched in earnest.  We had a fantastic week of light wind training in Portland Harbour and were both really pleased with how quickly we settled down as a team.  Saskia’s vast experience and high level of skill was immediately evident and extremely useful in getting me up to speed and helping me out learning in the new boat. 

1st February 2009

470 Campaign Taking Shape

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 Austria fitness campMy campaign has been moving forward rapidly since my last post.  I can now officially announce that my crew for my new campaign will be Saskia Clark.  Saskia was one of my team mates at the Olympics last year where she finished 6th in the 470 class with her helm Christina Bassadone.  She is the ideal choice of crew due to her extensive experience in the class and her size and weight which perfectly complements me. 

12th November 2008

Royal Navy Supporting Me for 2012 Olympic Games

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Yesterday I has some fantastic news - I’m going to be allowed the time to campaign for 2012!  I’m absolutely over the moon as ever since I returned from China I have felt that there’s unfinished business regarding the Olympics.  Now I have the opportunity to rectify the mistakes I made this time round and to once again strive for perfection and hopefully bring a medal home.

7th November 2008

Royal Navy Will Support Peter Reed for London Olympics 2012

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Yesterday morning on board HMS PRESIDENT, I was delighted to announce that the Royal Navy has offered to continue to sponsor me as an athlete until London 2012. With this support, it was an easy decision to continue to row for the next 4 years to aim for another gold medal at my home Olympics.


14th October 2008

Introducing Sid Lawrence - GB Support Team for the GB Skeleton Team at the Winter Olympics

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Sid Lawrence - Team Manager, GB Skeleton TeamFrom novice to GB Squad, I have just been selected to be the support team  for the GB Skeleton Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  I have become a Jackspeak Blogger so that I can share with you my journey to the Olympics and beyond.  If Peter Reed can win Olympic Gold for GB and for the Royal Navy - then so can my team…

29th August 2008

Olympic Sailing Report

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Having finally arrived home from China I am now able to look back on the last 3 weeks and update you all on how it went, reflecting on my experiences at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 Qingdao - Olympic sailing venueThe venue was incredible, much had been written about the wind conditions and the algae, one of which had been removed and the other, well it was the same for everyone so little point in complaining about the light winds. The Olympic village is a 5-star hotel facility on site at the marina in Qingdao (pronounced ching dow). The countries were all allocated separate areas for their team’s dinghies and boats adjacent to the support containers (a mobile workshop and an air-conditioned rest and changing area). Security was extremely tight and very similar to airport checks for personnel and baggage every time anyone entered, passes had to be worn at all times and I even had a daily colour (red, white or blue) to wear. It all felt rather familiar to the good old RN!

18th July 2008

Peter’s Blog Before Olympics - High Altitude Training Camp

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 Lake SilvrettaFor the last 3 weeks, I have been at over 2000m above sea level in a remote location in the Austrian Alps with my coach and crew. We come here once a year in the summer to train our bodies harder than at any other point in the season. This is called a ‘work camp’.

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26th June 2008

Rowing - Poznan World Cup, June 2008

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The final World Cup regatta in Poland was the last opportunity for us to compare ourselves to the majority of the qualified Olympic opposition. After getting Andy and Tom back into the boat (with their injuries behind them) we knew that we had a lot to do in a short space of time.


We finished 2nd to the Dutch crew who we have raced at nearly every international regatta for the last 4 years – it is a big step up from the 8th place of Lucerne, but still not where I want to be and it is hard to hide the signs of disappointment after defeat.

25th June 2008

China Training Camp - June 2008

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I am currently training in China with the British Sailing Team in preparation for the Olympics now only 7 weeks away. The venue is complete in every respect and all we can do now is practice on all the course areas and experience the variable conditions here in China.

So far we have had fresh force 5 winds to days of thick (100ft visibility) fog and light winds. The conditions are variable enough to generate quality training so I am able to practice in as many of the variables as possible.

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11th June 2008

Lucerne World Cup

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 PeteReedCasual I am sure there is not a single sportsman in the world that enjoys losing. There are probably only a handful who don’t mind losing. For me, the toughest thing to take is the feeling that you were not good enough or you under-performed.

 This disappointing and irritating feeling has stayed with me this last week since our defeat in Lucerne. At this second World Cup, we raced without our selected stroke-man (Andrew Triggs Hodge) and bow-man (Tom James).