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June 2008

27th June 2008

Training Camp in Europe

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Hi everyone,

This is just a really quick one to let you know that I am leaving the comforts of home on Monday for 6 weeks until the Olympics is over. The first stop is a 3 week training camp high up in the Austrian Alps for some altitude training. We live in log cabins, train up to 5 times a day and eat 6000 calories and sleep for 12 hours in order to push our bodies hard enough.

Im Back….. Again

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Phew,,, only just made that last post then, just as squeezed the last few letters out and pressed publish the ships email system went down……good timing if you ask me.

So, now im back in my office still sweating even after having a shower (a bit graphic but its true). I have only just finished taking a lunch time circuit which i call Muscle beach in nearly 40 degree heat! Good timesfor me though because everyones smashing out the phyz (physical training in our language) including the Wardroom! and getting massive for the MRS or getting hardcore for home. Basically panic training before we arrive back to the UK in August :)

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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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23rd June 2008

Im Back :)

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Dont worry I havent fallen off the face of the earth i had taken some leave whilst away on Deployment. Its like they say ” All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

I have just been to Nice in the South of France and I have to say the place is off the hook! if you have never been there you really should try it.  I had put in for a few days leave to go and visit whilst the ship visited Toulon. A well deserved rest before we ramp up for a 7 day stint at sea.

I will have to shoot off now because in 3 minutes time the Navystar net on board will close for 5 hours but I will continue this though so dont panic !

Be right back

Silent Knights

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HMS Vengeance returns to Faslane following training

YOU may – or may not – have noticed a push in recent weeks and months to raise the profile of the Submarine Service.

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).


3rd June 2008

Time to Crack On

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In the Navy it’s not always fun 24 hrs a day, although it would be cool if it was. We also have a serious role to play around the world: anything from disaster relief and anti-drug trafficking to submarine hunting and global peace-keeping patrols. Basically all the steely stuff you guys see on the TV adverts. It’s when we’re doing those jobs that we are at our very best.

I have a few roles on board other than PTI and keeping the ship’s company fit. I’m also a member of the ship’s boarding team and  a Quartermaster steering the ship in and out of ports. I have had to train to learn these extra roles but it’s something I take pride in doing. part 3 phot 3 part 3 phot 1

1st June 2008

Another Blog from Dickie - Navy News

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All work and no play makes Jack (and Jenny) a dull boy (or, er, girl). Fun is an integral part of naval life. Let’s face it, you’re going to need a sense of humour to get along with 180 people in a tin can for seven months.