Only a few weeks now.. Bring on the Games.

Rio downwind sunsetIt’s been an interesting last few months, with one European regatta (Hyeres World Cup) and two training blocks in Rio, a few trips home, a mix of NZ winter and Rio winter – Rio winter is much nicer we have to say..  Now it’s only a few weeks until we get to put it all into practice…

But, first, backing up a little! It has been a little while since we have done an update, so it’s time to fill you in!  First let’s go back in time to April, when we travelled to Hyeres in France, to compete in our last European event of this cycle.  We came in fresh from a good block of training in NZ, and with a solid list of ‘things to tick off’ during the event.  Which we were very happy to achieve, even if it was a less than exciting overall result, we had one bad race, as well as one race win that ended up being an OCS (over the line early), so even with winning the medal race (which you can watch HERE!), the highest we could get back to was 4th overall.

IMG_0292Then it was a week off, Jo went off to Italy to watch some Finn sailing, and Polly & Nath did a little container loading and then cycled up Mount Ventoux. Then it was back to some work in Rio, where we had a solid training block with a two-part six-day coach run regatta. It was great racing, with most of the top girls boats there, we learnt plenty, with good races and IMG_0353bad, windy days and non-windy days, it was a great block.

We were then back home to slightly more wintery NZ, for some recovery and a little sailing to keep sharp, before heading back to Rio again in June.  While many teams were off at the Weymouth World Cup event in the UK, the kiwi boys and us along with a few other non-European teams had an awesome training block, to be joined by the Weymouth people for another coach run regatta in late June.  Once again, most of the top teams were there, so it was the perfect test, and another opportunity to keep figuring out what is a very interesting and tricky venue!!

Now we are back in NZ for the last few weeks before we head away again on the 29th of July, when it is finally all on… It’s been an interesting four years, we have had some good times, and some rather hard times, but we feel we are where we need to be for this next challenge, our overall aim for these last four years is simply that when we start our first day of racing on the 10th of August, we feel that we have covered all the basics, the equipment, the techniques, the strategy, the tactics, the venue, and then it’s just up to us to make the right decisions on each day of racing, each maneuver, every start, every leg…

IMG_0478We have a few more boat handling sessions here in NZ over the next week and a half, and then we hope to feel that, yes, we are ready to take what comes, and give it our best shot.. Sail each race as best as we can, enjoy the craziness that is the Olympic Games, and let the results be what they will be…

Thanking all of you for the support we have received over the past four years, we hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have, and also enjoy these next four weeks also!

We have one press morning on the 26th of July, and again on the 4th of August, but apart from that we are pretty much going to Games black out mode, starting the 27th of August. So, we are sorry if you make contact and we don’t respond, and we will when it’s all over, but for now, we have a bit of a job to do, and would like to just be able to focus on that…P1130413 11:5

Thank you again!

Jo & Polly

Team Jolly

 

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3 Responses to Only a few weeks now.. Bring on the Games.

  1. Victoria Stuart says:

    Go hard Jo and Polly. We will be watching every race and cheering you on from Braemar Rd. You got this!

  2. Lucy says:

    Go Team Jolly!
    Go for gold!

    Best Wishes

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