I am well and truly settled into the European time zone in preparation for the ISAF World Cup which starts soon in Palma, Spain! I’m really satisfied with my preparation for this year’s first European event. I’ve taken my campaign and my preparation to the next level. With the help of the Australian Sailing Team, and the Queensland Academy of Sport, I feel my campaign is now more professional and will lead me to greater results.
Before coming over to Europe I had a good period of training both on and off the water, with time in the QAS gym with strength and conditioning coach, Michael Davies. This period included some on water training in Sydney at the National Training Centre and our biannual Australian Sailing fitness camp in Canberra at the AIS.
This year I shipped my Australian boat to Europe for the first time and I’ve certainly noticed the difference training with gear that I have tested and used in Australia. It’s always nice to have something that is familiar, especially when racing against the top international Radial sailors. Another new element to my program this year is a new coach, Jared West. Jared has recently been appointed as the Laser Radial coach for the Australian Sailing Team. We are working well together and his experience in the Laser class and at all the World Cup venues, including Palma, gives me an extra level of confidence.
Over the past week since arriving in Palma, there’s been a good variety of conditions to test my speed with Jared in another boat as a training partner. The past couple of days with him in the coach boat we’ve tested my tactics in some training races with other competitors. We’ve had a few days of light winds earlier in the week and the past few days have been fresh and gusty, so I’m feeling prepared for all conditions that we may see during the regatta. Today I had a day off and ventured to the North of the Island (I’ve attached a picture). I’m looking forward to one last sail before the event kicks off on Monday! Furthermore I’m excited to get started to see how I stack up with the international sailors.