Sorry for being a little off the radar as of recent time! It’s been a long year for us, we pretty much started last year heading to Rio in December, and since then we havn’t had more than a few weeks in any one place, it’s been regatta to regatta, country to country, flight after flight… A little bit too much by the time we finally made it to the last regatta of this season for us, the World Champs in Haifa last month.
We arrived in Haifa tired and in Jo’s case, still sick with the same cold she has had since March… But ready to enjoy our sailing, enjoy the amazing weather in Israel, and have some fun again to finish off the season.
The World Champs themselves were a tough regatta, quite light winds overall, with a hard wave state to get through, the sort of conditions that we have struggled with in the past. However we made some great gains in technique and equipment, and were very happy with our build-up and went into the regatta ready to give it heaps. It was postcard sailing conditions, around thirty degrees every day, sunny, water temperature of 29 degrees… Just beautiful! So the enjoying it part came very easily!
We struggled to put everything together consistently throughout the event, it just felt like one of those events where occasionally you just want at least something to go your way… But it just never does! We had some incredible comebacks in a few races, our best being rounding the top mark in 35th and coming back to 4th by the finish! That one we enjoyed greatly… But overall we were just rather tired and battling, but happy that we were able to start every day fresh, the old ‘lets just give it another go’ mindset.
After being as deep as 8th or 9th part way through, we climbed up to 4th going into the medal race with very small odds of breaking into the medals, so our plan was just to go all out for that medal race, give it everything we had left! We were happy to finish off the regatta with a 2nd place in the medal race, which we battled hard for, with Polly pumping us around most of the course… Great fun!!
So not our best World Champs, replicating our 2012 Worlds in Barcelona where we were also 4th.. Quite funny when you have been sailing the boat this long, every time we get a result, it’s ‘oh, yes, we got this back in xxxx’. But we are very happy with what we got out of the event, some great learnings and realisations, the ones you only get when you have to dig in and fight a little.. Also extremely happy to now get the time off we have been needing so much. For Jo it was straight back from Israel and into see the surgeon, to try and fix some sinus issues that have plagued her all year. She can now report that the recovery from sinus surgery is exceptionally horrible, but is hoping that once it is all healed, it will make a big difference and will let her get back into training hard once again!!
But for now we have a little time to gather the learnings from the year, look over the next 9 months, see exactly how we will use our time, to put us in the best place we can be coming into the Olympics in August next year.
For a change, we will now be NZ based for a few months in a row which is quite a novelty! Looking forward to getting back out on the waitemata harbour, back to our old stomping grounds, ready to do some miles… Make the most of the kiwi summer, as it really is the best place to be right now!
Looking forward to what this next year holds. Can’t wait to get back out there and give it everything we have!!