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AFLOAT: Now Or Never - Reality check in Marseille
6:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
WE have just returned to Weymouth after returning from the World Championships in Marseille.
We left the sun in the rear view mirror and, to be honest, it was a welcome return home after 10 days that really didn’t conclude with the outcome we had been hoping for.
We spent much of the week struggling in the middle of the fleet, which is often the most chaotic place to be in the 49er fleet.
In order to secure a comfortable position in these light conditions, having a good start and then holding your position with your nose ahead of the fleet to the favoured edge of the course was paramount.
We were struggling to make good enough starts and win the drag race to the first turn and this was a pattern that plagued us throughout.
By midway through, we decided to use the rest of the regatta to try some different techniques within a competition in order to learn while surrounded with top-level competition.
Ideally, all of our learning would be before such key events but it was becoming clear that our approach was not working and we wanted to gain what we could from the event experience.
Although frustrating at times, now we are back we can reflect and take some areas of our racing that need development.
As much as we had wished to see a major jump forward in our standing within the fleet, we need to be realistic that we are only 10 months back in the boat and perhaps it’s naive to expect to see results against top-level competition just yet.
The World Championships have given us a reality check but at the same time the frustration we feel is a massive motivator to keep training harder because we are certainly not happy sailing as we did.
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