November 30, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
As always, time is flying by! The end of 2012 is coming closer and lots has happened the past couple of weeks. I have to say… My life is busier then ever!! My days are filled with lessons, practical exercises (two days ago I caused a small fire in the lab, gym sessions, and lots of fun things of course.
On November 14th I went to the METS tradeshow in Amsterdam. I was there for Sperry Topsider!! Great fun really J J Sperry had one of the best booths at METS and I had a great time being there, signing cards and taking pictures with my medal. Below I’m with Harry-Michel Peeters, the Sperry agent for Belgium and Luxemburg. Read the rest of this entry →
July 18, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
It was amazing seeing Weymouth brave the really horrible weather and come up out massively to support the Olympic Torch on Thursday.
I have to admit that I ended up watching the whole thing through binoculars from the balcony of our team accommodation at Portland, with the local news on in the background as I’d been on a strict rest day and had spent the afternoon chilling out watching the Tour de France. But after seeing it all unfold in the distance, I actually wish I’d got all my offshore gear on and made the effort to get amongst it all because it looked really impressive.
There were so many people at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and on the beach and absolutely fair play to them because the weather was awful! I think that just reflects how much excitement has built up around the Torch Relay and the fact that the Olympics are going to be here very soon. Read the rest of this entry →
June 15, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
At the beginning of May we had a week off which was a great way to charge our batteries for the most challenging month of the spring season. We were to compete in the 470 World Championships May 10-19, then go on a US Sailing Team retreat in Lanzarote, Spain, and then head right to Portland, UK to train and race in our last event before the Olympics, Sail For the Gold.
While the conditions in Barcelona were not likely to be similar to those in Weymouth for the Olympics, we had been working on our starts and some technique of boat speed and we needed to have an honest assessment of where we were. The regatta started portentously: the wind was very light at 20 seconds before the start and a wave came through that bounced us off another boat. It was our foul and we spun a penalty turn. In that kind of wind, a 720 turn takes about 30 seconds and then trying to accelerate in the bad breeze of the fleet is even worse! The regatta started poorly. We almost got our feet back under us by battling back to the top 10 after the first gold fleet race, but then we began a spiral downwards. We wrote off the result of the regatta, but kept working on our starts and technique so that we would be stronger next time. Read the rest of this entry →
June 1, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
Hello from the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in England,
This the venue of the Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing events. Our team has been here for over a week. We had 5 days of training with our coach, Ian, and 2 days on the water with our Canadian training partners. This was a good time to get back in the boat and do some venue homework. We also took this time to evaluate our sails for the Paralympic Games. We also took delivery of our Games spinnaker (see attached photo).
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April 24, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog