Welcome to my blog, where I'll share some of my Olympic experiences - training, travelling, competing and in-between.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Team Camp in Hong Kong started well, with everyone upgraded on the flight over. Not bad! We spent four days doing a bit of shopping, golfing and catching up on Team Admin and preparation before flying on to China.
We’re in Qingdao now, and have settled into the Olympic Village. Most days we plan to be at the boat at 9am, and sail from 11am - subject to weather of course. Today is our first day so we’ll be rigging the boat and getting ready to practice tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The past week has flown by at a frenetic pace, catching up with family and work, plus training and making plans for the next trip.

We fly out tomorrow to Hong Kong for a Team Camp, and then on to China, where we will settle into the Olympic Village on July 28.

Approaching the ‘business end’ of six years of Olympic preparation now, I really just want to get into the racing!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Having just returned from China on the weekend, I am back at work trying to catch up on the last few weeks’ goings-on. My diary is suspiciously free for the rest of this week, but I am sure that will not last long…
Our recent trip was pretty busy - shipping delays meant our boats were late arriving due to fog and customs clearance. When they did arrive a lot of work was done to the boat we plan to use at the Olympics – fairing and deck layout adjustments among other things to help us cope with the light wind conditions we generally experience over there. We also got some really valuable training time almost every day with George and Brian, who I mentioned in my last post.
The algae has also been brought under control by way of netting (about 30 miles) set up around the edges of the course, and of course the huge efforts of the locals out on fishing vessels and the military.
We fly out again in a week and a half for the final ‘Olympic’ trip to China…

Friday, July 4, 2008

Thick fog bringing visibility down to 40m or so, plus heaps of weed – certainly not your ideal sailing conditions…but the Chinese locals are certainly working hard to clean it up on a daily basis.

This week we have had our training partners (George Szabo and Brian Fatih from the States) over here, to sail with / against us on one of our boats. Both George and Brian are really valuable people to have here, helping us to finalise our sail choices and techniques for the course.