March 14, 2013 in Team Sperry Blog
Its been another busy few weeks with a mixture of sailing from a bit of mothing in Weymouth which was great fun but particularly cold, to Melges 20s in Miami and now Lasers in Oman.
I joined team Stig, an Italian team for the Barcardi Cup, the final event of the Melges 20s Miami winter series. With 52 boats registered, it was all lined up to be a tough event. We had a good couple of days training but on the day before racing started, we had a collision with another Italian team causing a hole in the boat. Not Ideal preparation as the boat had to be craned out most down and patched up. After a mad scramble on race day we just made the start. 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
We are in England!
The final time is here. A lot of water has past under our boat since we set up our ultimate goal for the 2012 Olympics. The time has come where we will put all things together. It´s a great feeling – we have worked so hard for this.
We are exited and looking forward to compete in the final repetition before the games, Skandia Sail for Gold, which takes place at the exact same venue as the games. This is the start of our last preparation for the Olympics – now and further on Weymouth is our second home. Read the rest of this entry →
May 29, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
When asked about a typical training day, we often find it hard to answer. Sure, when we are on the water we have a routine and practice plan. In the gym, we follow a very specific routine given to us by our trainers. But when we step back to look at our program more globally, it’s a true ebb and flow of intensity to ensure that we peak at the right time.
This year, we have one peak to focus on, and that’s the Olympics in Weymouth. Everything we have been doing since we qualified for the US Team in December has been with an eye towards London. Most recently that has meant that we are putting a more significant focus on physical training than on sailing. Trevor’s shoulder has been acting up, and we took an aggressive approach to get it back to full health as soon as possible. He is in intensive rehab at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We are very confident he will be back to form in time for the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth in June, and more importantly, for the Olympics just over a month later. Read the rest of this entry →
May 8, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
April started off with a bit of a bump for the Match Race girls. We were training in windy Cadiz with fellow Sperry team mates Sally, EK and Alana, we had a bit of a windy week with a few of the days called off with gusts of 40 knots. Luckily it was still sunny! On our last day of training seemed a little lighter to the previous days but still probably averaging around the mid 20’s with big gusts. We managed to capsize the Elliott, yes a keelboat… We were doing a training race, heading down to the finish and all of a sudden we nose dived resulting in a bang on the head and a trip to hospital for Lucy from hitting her head whilst under water. The bump of the head resulted in 10 staples in Lucy’s head, luckily she’s all good now.
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