In Palma we had five top-6 finishes, which shows really good improvement. This was the toughest competition that we have met so far, this year. All of the world’s top sailors were there and being able to post results like that is a great sign of our progress.
We still have 16 months until we look to see our sailors on the podium in Weymouth and clearly there is some work to be done.
We will keep training hard. The combination our sailors’ hard work with our fantastic coaching staff will produce great results in the future.
Looking at the details from Palma, we are clearly dominating women’s match racing, and in other classes, like Laser Radial and Finn, we are right where we want to be. Our athletes are consistently at the top of those fleets.
In the Star we made some progress over the winter months and we look forward to seeing these guys improve more and more. In Palma, we had some bad luck with breakdowns early in the regatta, but the sailors had some decent results.
In other classes – Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, 49er – our sailors are really talented and what we need now is consistency. They have all shown that they can be at top of the fleet. Every sailor in those classes has sailed in the top of the fleet, but hasn’t done so consistently. We will put emphasis on consistency and see them win medals over the next six months.
Looking forward to the next few weeks, we have the French Olympic Sailing Week, in Hyeres, the fourth stop on ISAF Sailing World Cup. It is also the next to last event before Sail for Gold, which is also the first step of our Olympic Team selection. I’m sure many of our sailors will be putting more pieces together and showing some strong results. We will also see the first European competition for our Paralympic classes, as a Sonar and a 2.4m will be competing in Hyeres.
In the winter months all of our sailors in the Olympic and Paralympic classes took part in physical training camps and did some equipment testing. We learned a lot, good and bad, and we’ll be refining our equipment choices for Hyeres and beyond. I look forward to all the sailors taking all the input from training and all of events in which they have competed this year to culminate in consistency in performance in France.
I’m very happy with where we are now, but I’m not satisfied. We have more work to be done and we are certainly up to the challenge.
High Performance Director/Head Coach