Thursday 8th November, 2012
Well, I say winter is setting in however we did manage to escape it for a week to go and race in Busan, Korea. The event was a repeat of one we have done and enjoyed a couple of times before and this year did not disappoint!
From a personal point of view although it was lovely to be sailing in shorts and t shirt again against some of the best teams in the would, the best thing was sailing with Kate and Annie again, the first time we had sailed together since the Olympics. We were also joined by two people who supported us a great deal throughout the last year, Emilie Sauven and Libby Greenhalgh. The five of us had an awesome time sailing together for the first time and went through the round robin and quarter finals no problem at all with straight wins. Unfortunately on the final days when we raced semis and finals, the breeze got up and unfortunately our lack of time together as a team of 5 showed a little as we just missed out on making the most of a couple of situations on the race course.
4th it was in the end and although we were perhaps a bit dissapointed on the day, it was a fair result and perhaps if it had stayed lighter we may have hung on longer but thats yacht racing! One thing is for sure, we are now pretty good (in our eyes) at the the Gangnam Style dance!
That was our last Match Racing event together for the year but I hope to be Match Racing with Kate and Annie again in the not too distant future! In the mean time the three of us are being to work out what is next and we’ll let you know soon….
Thursday 13th September, 2012
What an awesome summer it has been in Great Britain this year! As the Paralympics comes to an end and the victory parade takes place we can’t but help as both competitors and spectators feel the Olympic Blues a bit and just hope performances like Andy Murray’s in the US Open keep coming in!
There are so many thank yous we would like to make to so many people for supporting us to have the most incredible few years and Olympic experience. To all our sponsors however big or small but especially our title sponsor Volvo and to Sperry Top-Sider, Oakley, Brittany Ferries and Skandia thank you for enabling us to do all the training we felt necessary in the past four years to get us into the potential medal winning position we achieved. This was also significantly helped by everyone that helped us raise extra funds and have supported us for so long so thank you to City Livery, Royal Thames, South West Shingles, Royal Motor , Poole and Parkstone Yacht Clubs.
Ultimately we are very disappointed with our final result at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Going into the event and now in hindsight we believe we were capable of winning an Olympic Medal last month. As it was we had some fantastic racing in the quarter finals against another great team and we missed out on a semi final place by the very narrowest of margins. In the past if you had said we were going to enter the Olympics with the form we had and only walk away with 7th place we would have been incredibly disappointed in ourselves, we knew it would be tough but we were there to win an Olympic medal. However something happened over the last year and in particular, the last two months which was not unexpected but the shear size of it was. The support our amazing families, friends and the Great British public have shown us before, during and since the Olympics finished has been absolutely incredible. Thank you all for helping us to have the most amazing weeks of our lives and help us realise the extent of what we have achieved as a team. We are very proud of the way we sailed at the Olympics, we stepped up our game when we needed to and gave the Russian team a fantastic fight. We also hope we helped inspire a generation. Sailing together and having Maurice Paardenkooper as our coach has been brilliant, we’ve worked hard but had an awesome time along the way, thank you for everything Maurice! We were also part of a much bigger team this summer, the British Sailing Team including all the Olympic team, the non selected sailors and in particular the support staff has been a privilege to be a part of and we look forward to working with them all more in the future. Also to all the other British Olympic Athletes who have put in some fantastic performances this summer to make it our most successful team ever, we are very proud to have been a part of it.
So what is next for the Match Race Girls? Well, at the end of the day we are doing what we love, racing in a sport we love at the highest level and we absolutely plan to continue doing that. We are off next month to race with each other in a Grade 1 women’s match racing event in Korea and are currently working out what other events we can fit in. Unfortunately match racing is not going to be a discipline in the Olympics in Rio 2016 so in terms of Olympic Sailing the three of us are going to have to split up. There are a number of aspects of professional sailing that we hope to do a bit more of within the next year however we all have the Olympic bug and are looking at potential options for campaigning for 2016 so keep checking in for what we are up to next, we’ll be back!
Thanks again, its been incredible.
Lucy, Annie and Kate x
Sunday 15th July, 2012
Hard to believe its our last night in Poole before heading back down to Weymouth tomorrow for our final run in of training before the Olympics starts. We are really pleased with our preparation so far. After the Worlds where we finished 6th, we had a week off and have just finished an awesome weeks training with our own training partners on the Olympic waters. As well as making further gains in our training, which is always nice to be able to this late on, it was a week where we really started to feel the impact of the Olympics on the people and places around us. We have been training from Weymouth Sailing Club and the members have all been extremely helpful. The torch relay also made its way through the local area. Katrina Hughes, one of training partners was the torch bearer through the Olympic venue and on Friday night Annie, Kate and I headed down to Bournemouth beach tpixel come the torch in with the BBC. The atmosphere wasincredible and it’s just fantastic to see so many people get involved!
From tomorrow the official Olympic Period begins so I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for this campaign that have supported us in so many different ways. So to Volvo, Sperry, Oakley, Brittany Ferris, Jenkins Marine, Spinnaker Yachts, Online Parcels, Animal, Lilliput Health and Princecroft Willis thank you very much and to the members of our Yacht Clubs who are our strongest followers, thank you all! After such a rewarding weeks training last week we were also reminded how lucky we have been to have some great training partners over the past few years, you know who you all are, thankdrink for your hard work and amusing moments for keeping us sane!
Next up is back down to Weymouth tomorrow afternoon for a few days training before heading off to our Holding Camp for a bit of rest and recovery. After that there is just one week before the opening ceremony on the 27th and we start racing on the 29th. Can not wait to get started now but looking forward to putting some finishing touches on our sailing in the next two weeks first.
Hope you are getting into the Olympic spirit!
Thursday 7th June, 2012
Just a quick note to say that today is 50 days until the start of the Olympic Games!
To get in the spirit, why not have a go on the new Sail for Gold Game… available on iOS, Android and online!
After quite a light start to the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta on Monday the wind has been steadily increasing, bringing with it quite cold conditions and torrential rain! Yesterday we finished top of the opening round robin on 10 wins out of 12, and should complete the gold fleet round robin today to determine who we will be sailing in the quarter finals.
The forecast however isn’t looking too promising, with strong wind warnings in force for this afternoon and it gets even worse overnight and through tomorrow when it’s touch and go whether there will be any racing at all… the South Coast is in for a bit of a battering!
Update: Skandia Team GBR catches up with Lucy and Kate in the video interview below as racing is curtailed mid afternoon due to the increasing winds
Lucy, Annie and Kate x