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International Debut - 5th!

 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.  Although we struggled on several areas of the race course, through my lack of experience in the boat and from being a very new partnership, what was really pleasing for us was our tactical ability as a pairing.  The tactical days where boat speed or boat handling weren’t important we found ourselves right in the mix and won two races.  The days on which we struggled we were hampered by bad starting or poor speed and these things should easily improve the more time we spend in the boat and the more accustomed we become to each others way of communicating on the water.  All in all it has been a really pleasing and productive week and I am really excited about taking this forward to the next regatta. (Link to event website )

I now stay in Palma for a couple of days to catch up on my fitness programme and spend some time with my husband who is sailing his own boat out here before moving onto Hyeres, France, for some more training and our next competition.  It is important that we don’t get carried away with this first result as Hyeres is likely to be completely different conditions and unlike anything we have trained in so far.  This will feel like starting all over again and we must adjust our level of expectation accordingly to ensure we maximise the opportunities out there.  The event starts on 19 Apr and the website is

The learning curve remains almost vertical and with the first regatta behind us I am even more excited about the future and our Olympic prospects.

(photo courtesy of Richard Langdon, Skandia Team GBR)

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  1. HJ said:

    Congratulations Penny ! That’s amazing news. Good luck in Hyeres.
    Any chance of getting any video clips uploaded to your blog - it would be great to see you in action…