Posted on 5:24pm Wednesday 28th December 2011
2011 has been another really enjoyably year for The Match Race Girls and three of us are delighted to have finished it another successful one having just touched down in Heathrow with Silver medals won at the ISAF World Championships in Perth, Australia.
Posted on 12:42pm Monday 12th December 2011
Well we're still going with the repechage, just one more day left so the end is in sight now! Yes the event is starting to go on a bit now however don't get me wrong, we are still looking forward to racing tomorrow especially after another good day today having won 3 out of 4 races in really tricky conditions. On our boat Kate was the winner today as we had to do 4 laps in most of our races with legs of only 1 minute sometimes.....for those not quite with me, that's a lot of working getting the spinnaker up and down and still staying ahead of the other boat! It was pretty crazy conditions and tomorrow could be similar but hopefully we can continue to lead this round and go through into the quarters on Wednesday.
Posted on 2:03pm Friday 9th December 2011
Unfortunately our 4 wins out of 5 races today was not quite enough to put us through to the gold fleet. We ended up on the same points as Leroy (FRA) and Mulder (NED) however although we beat Leroy in the final race, the tie break did not go our way so we ended up 3rd in our group. Repechage starts tomorrow and will probably go on for the next three days, so time to start it all again! It will be another round robin of 16 teams with the top 4 going through to the quarter finals at the end of it.
Posted on 1:42pm Thursday 8th December 2011
Well the weather has improved in Perth at the World Championships today and the Race Committee were able to get in the final 11 flights of group A's round robin with USA and RUS securing their places in the gold fleet (and therefore quarter finals) and also securing their Nation Spots for the Olympics next year. Tomorrow it will be our turn in group B to finish our round robin and with 5 races left for us to complete, it will be an important day. The goal is to finish in the top two in our group so that we secure our own spot in the quarter final however it will not be easy so fingers crossed!
Posted on 3:25pm Monday 21st November 2011
Within The space of just a few days we are going to be experiencing completely different climates this week! This weekend at Queen Mary Reservoir we had a disappointing weekend only getting to race 4 races in the UK Open National Finals due to no wind and thick fog yesterday but tomorrow morning we fly to Perth and will step off the plane in 37 degrees centigrade and 20 knots of wind, sometimes I think we lead a very strange life!
Posted on 4:16pm Thursday 17th November 2011
Recently it has been a busy few weeks for Annie, Kate and I in the run up to our World Championships taking place in Perth over the first two weeks of December. After the announcement of our selection to the 2012 Olympic Team there was no rest, one week training in Weymouth followed by winning an event in St Quay, France. Then a week off before heading to Weymouth again then here we are now in Spain, just south of Barcelona training with the Russian team. We had a short break after the Pre-Olympic event in Weymouth in August but now we are very much into full swing until the Olympics next year and time seems to be going far too quickly!
Posted on 6:05pm Wednesday 21st September 2011
We’re delighted to announce that today we’ve been named as some of the first British athletes to be officially selected to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Posted on 4:48pm Sunday 7th August 2011
Well yesterday was not really the day we were looking for when we headed out to race France in the quarter finals of the Olympic Test Event.
Posted on 10:42am Friday 5th August 2011
Annie, Kate and had a solid final day of the round robin yesterday winning all three of our matches and therefore qualifying us for the quarter finals against the French team helmed by Leroy.
Posted on 5:56pm Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Well folks we have definitely had better days on the water than we had today for the first day of racing at the Olympic Test Event, however we are not too down about it!
Posted on 11:07am Monday 1st August 2011
Tomorrow will be the first day of racing for us at the Olympic Test Event in Weymouth. We'll be the first class to start racing and it will be as close as we'll get in similarity to racing at the Olympics next year so we're really looking forward to getting started.
Posted on 10:13am Friday 22nd July 2011
We are just coming to the end of a great week training in Weymouth preparing for the Pre Olympic Test Event starting a week on Monday. We’ve had a good group of guys to train against and done way more starts than I can remember!
Posted on 6:35pm Tuesday 5th July 2011
Today has been a tricky and frustrating day for us. We started off with very shifty conditions and short courses, we had 3 races of the round robin 1 which we lost against Tunnicliffe, won against Souter and unfortunately were given a black flag (for three penalties...action packed!) meaning we are not allowed to continue racing against Leroy.
Posted on 3:46pm Thursday 9th June 2011
We finished the gold fleet round robin today in 4th place so we're ready and rearing to go for the playoffs tomorrow. It's going to be a big day with quarter finals and then all being well straight into the semi finals so a possible 10 races. In our quarters we'll be against the Dutch team helmed by Mandy Mulder and if we win the best of 5 series we'd go through to race the winner of Barkow (USA) vs Lehtinen (FIN). The Dutch are a good fast team so I'm sure it will be exciting racing but we're feeling good about the day.
Posted on 12:38pm Monday 6th June 2011
Day one of Skandia Sail for Gold and Annie, Kate and I just got down to the venue. Although many of the fleets are still hanging around onshore, the Match racing started on time and now are moving onto the second group B. We are once again in group C this week so will be last on today to start our first round robin.
Posted on 10:04pm Wednesday 27th April 2011
Well today was mostly a waiting game for us. There was a little bit of breeze this morning so the repechage group got out in good time and by 1pm we had finished our final two matches of the gold fleet, finishing with one win and one loss to win the group and go through to the quarter finals ranked 1st.
Posted on 4:19pm Monday 25th April 2011
Another good day for us today, two wins and one loss meant we have won our group and has therefore put us through to the gold fleet and quarter finals. Second and also going through to the gold fleet in our group was the Dutch team helmed by Groeneveld, and Le Berre (FRA) and Abrahamsen (DEN) go through to the repechage.
Posted on 10:49pm Sunday 24th April 2011
It was a good day 1 for us today at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres. Once again we are in group C so it was a late start and late finish for us with our first race getting underway around 3pm and finishing up about 6pm. Our opponents for the day were Abrahamsen (DEN), Mota (BRA), Hazard (NZL) and Kjellberg (SWE) and despite a few shaky moments pre start (mainly my fault!) we won all four races by a comfortable margin and are finishing the day pretty happy all round.
Posted on 9:30pm Tuesday 5th April 2011
A solid day for us today at the Princess Sofia Trophy our Sperrys and Oakleys helping us win two out of three races put us second in our group overall and therefore won us a ticket through to the quarter finals.
Posted on 7:20pm Monday 21st March 2011
Annie, Kate and I are home this week taking a week away from the water but still putting the delightful hours in at the gym and doing some admin work so we are all up to date.
Posted on 9:57pm Sunday 13th February 2011
The first day training here for us today in Palma and we couldn't have asked for better conditions, waves, sun and 10 knots greeted us as we turned the corner out of the harbour in S'Arenal, it was b-e-a-utiful!
Posted on 10:08pm Thursday 27th January 2011
A short but successful day for Mary Rook, Kate and I at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta today as we finished our two final gold fleet races against Skudina (RUS) and Tunnicliffe (USA), and won both to win the stage.
Posted on 2:33am Wednesday 26th January 2011
Another good day for Mary, Kate and I today as we won 3 out of 4 races to earn our place in the gold fleet and quarter finals. It was another tricky day with close races throughout but an improvement on yesterday was that we were giving our opponents penalties rather than receiving them ourselves!
Posted on 10:49pm Sunday 23rd January 2011
Tomorrow will be the start of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta for the GBR Match Race Girls and for this event Kate and I will be joined by Mary Rook. We have had a couple of very brief practice sessions this weekend and have reached a stage where we feel ready to race tomorrow (ish!). With a world ranking of 3 at the moment, we are in group C for the initial round and so will be last on tomorrow to start our round robin. We have quite a tough group to start with: Tunnicliffe (USA), Le Berre (FRA), Barkow (USA), Kjellberg (SWE), Hazzard (NZL), Abbott (CAN) and Dellenbaugh (USA) so every race will count from day 1. Conditions are looking good for tomorrow with around 12 knots so fingers crossed we'll deliver!
Posted on 2:37pm Saturday 15th January 2011
With Christmas and New Year feeling like distant memories, Annie, Kate and I are now in sunny, breezy Miami preparing for The Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. Due to the slight chill in the air at home at this time of year and not many people to sail against, we have come out to the venue quite early this year to get some good training in. The last four days we have been training alongside the three American teams which has been great for us since we have not raced the Elliott 6m since Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta! Mostly we have been doing a mixture of practice starts and races to sharpen us up then today we have a day off before four more days training with a mixture of speed, boat handling and some racing.
Posted on 10:56pm Sunday 2nd January 2011
It is hard to believe it is 2011 already; it only seems like last month that we were preparing for the Miami Olympic Classes regatta in January 2010. It has been a busy year for us all with many ups and downs but with a fantastic result to finish on.
Posted on 7:16am Saturday 18th December 2010
After a great weeks fitness training in the Pyrenees we are all shattered and ready to get home to start getting in the festive spirits However our favorite airline Easyjet got so behind with their flights yesterday that we arrived at Barcelona airport to find out we were delayed 4 hours....and then later find out we were cancelled. Of course the snow is now disrupting flights across the country too so we are hoping to get a flight back to Luton today and then a hire car to pick up our car at Gatwick, but we'll believe it when it happens! Wish us luck I think we'll need it!
Posted on 1:52pm Monday 6th December 2010
After a convincing 3-0 win in the semi finals against the Dutch team we were up against one of the American teams helmed by Tulloch in the first to two point finals.
Posted on 1:55pm Saturday 4th December 2010
Conditions became even shiftier yesterday in day 2 of the Carlos Aguilar Regatta in St Thomas. We started the day racing two of the American teams and scored 1-1 and then we started the second round robin where we won all three of our races despite going from a run, to beat, to reach, to run, all on the first 'downwind' leg! This afternoon we will continue with the second round robin and maybe start the semi finals depending how times goes.
Posted on 2:23am Friday 3rd December 2010
Annie, Kate and I are now in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands having completed Day 1 of the Carlos Aguilar Regatta. Sailing with us this week is an American, Katie Storck on the IC24 (a J24 with the cockpit cut out). We had a strong start to the regatta today, sailing in the afternoon in crazy conditions with numerous shifts and pressure changes, we won all five of the races we sailed in the start of the first round robin. Tomorrow we will race in the morning against the two top American teams here before starting another round robin. The racing is all shown live on the Internet so tune in to watch some mad shifts!
Posted on 12:06am Tuesday 30th November 2010
Prior to travelling to St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) for an event tomorrow evening, Annie, Kate and I have run away from the snow at home and are doing three days training in Miami on the way. The conditions have been fantastic so far, yesterday I was given 25 degrees and 10knots for my birthday and we had similar today. We are currently working on some boat handling with just one boat but we will be back after the Carlos Aguilar Regatta to do some two boat training.
Posted on 7:01pm Tuesday 16th November 2010
After a few events in different boats and a couple of fantastic dinners with The Royal Thames and The City of Livery Yacht Clubs, Annie, Kate and I are back in the Elliott 6m this week training alongside the Russian team in Barcelona.