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27th April 2009

Hard Going in Hyeres

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I have finally returned home after a tough week competing in Hyere, France.  The regatta was plagued by light winds and long delays making for frustrating and difficult conditions.  Hanging around in dinghy parks and on the water is something you have to get used to in Olympic sailing but I’m sure we didn’t hang around this much even in China which is saying something.

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28th March 2009

Palma Training

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 Training with the RN!Since my last blog it’s been full steam ahead for Team Clark.  We have done some great training on our own and with the squad in Weymouth.  This was rounded off with the first Spring Series event where, after only 3 weeks in the boat, we were extremely please to finish a very close second.  Straight after the event we loaded our boat up and shipped out to Palma for some warmer weather training in preparation for our first international event there in Apr.

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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. 

16th December 2008

Navy Team Sailing

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Over the last couple of months I have been working hard to get my new Olympic Campaign planned and up and running. In mid November our International Sailing Federation voted and agreed the classes of boat that would be used in the 2012 Olympics. There were a few close votes but eventually the only change for the women was the keel boat which has changed from the Yngling to the Elliot 6m with a new format being match racing. Due to my size and weight I have decided to switch from the Laser Radial to the 470 for this campaign and have been busy getting hold of a boat and setting it up ready for some intensive winter training.

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.

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!

27th May 2008

Final Training Before Olympics

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I have just returned from Holland where I was competing in my first international event since selection.  It felt great to be back competing and getting back into training again after time off ,however I felt a little ‘race rusty’ at the start of the event. 

 

The plan was to use the event as a building block towards the Games and to help identify where I need to focus my efforts and put into place key features that will help me achieve in China. 

 

Light winds dominated for the main part of the event and I felt I had fairly good pace, although problems with getting off the starting line affected my consistency. 

 

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4th April 2008

Selected for Olympics!

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I was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games sailing in the Women’s Singlehanded Class the Laser Radial in Mar 08 following an extensive trials period.  Having worked so hard over the past 18 months I was delighted and relieved at the decision.  The trial process for my class had been extremely close between myself and my 3 rivals and despite all being really good friends, with only one place on offer, the competition has been fierce.  Having been training virtually none stop for 15 months to gain selection I have finally been able to have a short break and am now starting the build up towards the Games. 

 

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The next few months focuses on training in specific conditions in preparation for what is expected in China and includes some time sailing in the Olympic waters off Qingdao as well as competing at the European Championships in Jul.  The Games start on 8 Aug with racing commencing on 12 Aug and finishing on 19 Aug.

24th March 2008

Will We Be Selected for the Olympics?

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The World Championships have just finished and I am once again left with mixed emotions.  My goal was to achieve a top ten finish and to be the top British boat in order to end the Olympic Selection Process.  I achieved my first goal by finishing a very pleasing 7th, however I was beaten by Andrea Brewster who managed to secure the Bronze Medal. 

 

This is one of the unfortunate aspects of sport where you can only control how well you do and not how anyone else does.  Andrea sailed a superb regatta knowing she had nothing to lose having finished 4th Brit in Miami.  This obviously seriously complicates the decision for the Olympic selection committee and only a fool would try to pre-empt their decision! 

 

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