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China Training Camp - June 2008

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. No two days are the same. The daily routine consists of a gym session in the morning followed by briefings and lunch before we hit the water. I am training with Andrea Brewster who is pushing me hard to excel and improve. She is an excellent training partner (recently 3rd at the World Championships) and a good friend too.  We will spend 2-4 hrs on the water depending on the sailing conditions before returning for debriefs and dinner before team briefs and meetings throughout the evening.

I am remaining focussed on my training but next time I return here is for the Olympics themselves…! When I return to the UK I have a few days at home before travelling to Belgium to train and then compete in the European Championships, the last event before August.

I will do another update soon before the European Championships


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  1. judepalmer said:

    Go for it Penny. Always knew you would make it to the Olympics. Topper camp seems a long time ago!