My racing in the women’s fleet was very up and down. I was overjoyed to finish with a silver medal as it means I am on B level funding which is more money and a step closer towards qualifying for the Olympics. I was winning after the first day, but was soon overtaken by Antonia Frei, a Greek girl who led the competition for a number of days. The wind in the second half of the event turned light and fickle, in one race the wind spun 180 degrees but still counted, and new faces came to the front of the fleet. Blanca Manchon (2005 Mistral World Champion) from Spain improved her results to come through and take the Gold, and Pauline Perrin from France overtook Antonia due to her result in the medal race to take the Bronze. You could say that Antonia choked at the pressure of the medal race as she came last out of the top ten girls to fall off the European podium. The men’s medal race was a lot more straight forward as Nick Dempsey (Olympic Bronze Medalist) had dominated the event all week, but even he was not settled until the end because the wind at this venue was so unpredictable. Leo Macallin also improved his funding status to C level by finishing an impressive 11th. A good result for the Brits all round.
To celebrate my result I went on a shortboarding holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos with my boyfriend Greg and Antonia Frei (ex PWA) to practice my freestyle. I was on a 4.2 for most of the week, with the one day of no wind providing perfect wakeboarding conditions.
The next competition for the team is the Pre-Olympics at Qingdau, China in August; this competition is just as important and will be a test for all of us.
Right, back to the rowing machine!