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27th April 2009

HMS DARING - Now We’re Flying… And I’m Leaving

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HMS DARING ar Sea

Whilst news of my final blog may not fill too many people with sadness, for me it has a particular melancholy feel to it.  I was informed about 2 weeks ago that I was to leave DARING at the beginning of May, to take up a new appointment as Commander of UK’s Amphibious Task Group.  A fantastic job, but brings to an end my intimate relationship with DARING with a great deal of unfinished business.  

23rd February 2009

T45 Back at Sea and Proving Her Warfighting Credentials

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After a week alongside spent catching up with maintenance as well as some defect rectification we are back at sea.  The week in Portsmouth allowed us to settle into our new base port, to face-to-face with the support agencies that answer our requests for help and, even, for some, some leave. We sailed in good shape with all machinery in proper working order.  We proved it of course, by sprinting across to Portland, testing everything to its full extent …..not quite the gently running in period that we might do with our cars.  We do indeed stop in 5 ship lengths from full ahead to full astern!

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.

3rd April 2008

Olympic Selection

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At the start of this month I raced and won the final selection trial for the 4th year in a row. It is the last chance for the team to race each other in two man boats called pairs and gives the chief coach, Jürgen Grobler, the final piece of information he needs to select his Olympic crews.