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Posted at 5:24pm Wednesday 28th December 2011

OLYMPIC TEAM: Match Race Girls' 2011 review

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 at 1:13pm Wednesday 14th December 2011

OLYMPIC TEAM Make World Championship semi finals

Smiles all round today as we beat the Dutch team 3-1 to win our quarter final and go through to the semis where we'll race Leroy's French team.

Posted at 12:42pm Monday 12th December 2011

OLYMPIC TEAM: And so it continues...

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 at 2:03pm Friday 9th December 2011

OLYMPIC TEAM: Well that was a shame!

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 at 1:42pm Thursday 8th December 2011

OLYMPIC TEAM: Big day tomorrow!

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 at 1:11am Saturday 3rd December 2011

Worlds start today

The time has come, today is the start of the 2011 World Championships here in Perth and we're ready to try and defend our title!

Posted at 3:25pm Monday 21st November 2011

OLYMPIC HOPEFULL: Off to Perth

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 at 4:16pm Thursday 17th November 2011

As December approaches..

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 at 8:54pm Thursday 6th October 2011

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL: In Windy Weymouth

We've been getting the training hours in during the last two weeks in Weymouth in amazing conditions.

Posted at 6:05pm Wednesday 21st September 2011

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL: First athletes to qualify for Team GB!

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.

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