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Just a quick update to let you know how the first regatta in our Olympic Trials has gone.

 

I’m pleased to report that I finished fourth overall and as the top British boat. More importantly I sailed a really consistent regatta and was so far in front of the next British boat (Charlotte Dobson), that there was no way she could catch me going into the medal race.  Although she finished 6th overall, only two places behind me, the points gap gives me a really important psychological advantage in the trials. 

The only disappointment was that I had a chance to get a bronze going into the race and unfortunately after a really good battle with the Swedish sailor in extremely light conditions, she beat me and took the bronze

 

For once I was actually the bigger sailor having reached my target weight to help me be more competitive in the stronger winds, and I felt she had a slight speed edge over me.  This is important when I am thinking about how heavy I want to be in China for the Games – I might get to go back to 3 meals a day instead of 5!

 

 Penny - Portrait logo  Penny - Downwind training UK - very windy

 

The selection committee meet next week to decide whether to continue the trials or to make selections now.  Obviously I really hope they select now, but I am fully prepared should the trials continue, and the next stage will be the world Championships in New Zealand in March.

 

I look forward to updating you as soon as I know what’s happening!

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