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Penny Clark


Penny grew up in Wombourne in the West Midlands before joining the Royal Navy in 1993 as a University Cadet Entry Officer. 


After completing her basic training, she went to Southampton University to study for a BEng in Mechanical Engineering before then joining HMS SULTAN to complete her Engineer Officer Training. 


Her first appointment was as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer of HMS MANCHESTER in which she deployed to the West Indies before entering refit.  Other appointments have included Engineer Officer Training Officer, Future Technologies Officer and a return to University to gain a MSc in Marine Engineering. 


In October 2006 Penny took a 2 year career break to pursue her goal of representing Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games.


Recent Sailing Events

2006 SPA Olympic Class Regatta - Silver

2006 European Championships - Bronze

2006 Qingdao Pre- Olympic International Regatta - Bronze

2006 Sail for Gold Regatta - Silver

2007 SPA Olympic Class Regatta - Bronze

2007 Laser Radial Women’s National Champion

2007 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta- Gold

2007 Sail Brisbane - Gold

2007 Sydney International Regatta - 4th                                                                         

2008 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta - 4th

2008 Radial World Championships - 7th

April 2008 Olympic Selection

2008 Holland Olympic Classes Regatta - 6th


Posts by Penny Clark

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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10th April 2009

International Debut - 5th!

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 ZX3R2576.jpgWell, our international debut has just come to an end and we have surpassed our own expectations and probably surprised quite a few people.  The aim of the regatta was to settle into some racing and identify what areas we needed to concentrate on to keep taking our training forward at the fastest possible rate.  To find ourselves in the hunt for medals and to finish 5th overall and top British boat was truely amazing.

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!

4th August 2008

The Olympics Are Almost Here!

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 focussed trainingUpdate 24 Jul 08

 I’ve just got back from my European Championships where despite a disappointing end result I had a really successful period.  The event was held in Nieuwpoort , Belgium and I decided to attend despite its proximity to the Games due to it being a very tidal venue and therefore good China training.  We were hoping for a few days of light winds to give us ideal China conditions however it blew really hard pretty much the entire 2 weeks I was there!  This wasn’t all bad as it means I got some valuable strong wind practice in and build some really good endurance into my legs should we get so wind at the Games.  I also demonstrated some excellent boat speed in the strong winds against not only my fellow Games competitors but also against the bigger girls who have missed out on selection this time round.  After a week of successful training pre-event with my long standing training partner, Andrea Brewster, I started the event with some very specific goals rather than an overall performance goal. 

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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