Sailing: Team Jolly World Champs report

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie pose for photographers. Photo / Getty Images
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie pose for photographers. Photo / Getty Images

So, if you checked the results after the first day or two, it looked like we were in a little trouble, I think we dropped as low as 13th overall, which was not quite where we wanted to be.. But, as we do like a good challenge, we started a slow but steady crawl up the leaderboard, fighting through every day, with a few great races, and a few less than ideal moments along the way!

We went into the final medal race in 3rd overall, and then finished it off with a 3rd place in the medal race to push us up into 2nd place overall, and take out the silver medal. Which we were rather happy with, seeing as it was the highest we had been placed all event, and in the end we were only three points off the French girls Camille & Helene in first - Who sailed a great event, and it was very cool to see them take out the title!

It had been a very long, very trying week, with distractions of all sorts, from truly amazing amounts of debris on the race-course, including water plants called Camalotes which made parts of the race track look like a golf course, to some very long hot days on the water - 8 hours on the water was our best effort. Then came the last few days where Polly got a bit of a bug and slowly deteriorated to the point where it was a huge achievement for her just to have made it down to the yacht club, let alone push hard through a World Champs medal race with a medal on the line!! Seeing as she could hardly get out of bed, she was a true champion, one tough chick..

So proud of her!

A huge shout out to our training partners, and all around awesome guys Paul & Dan, who also secured the silver medal in the men's 470, their best result to date, after sailing a rather impressive regatta with a truckload of race wins! Nice one boys!!

A big thank you also to Nathan Handley, our most brilliant coach, who can somehow put up with us trying to break him by sailing like Muppets on occasion, who can keep smiling after some epically long days on the water, and is just always there for us. We are lucky to have you in our team!

Now it's back home to NZ, for a few days off, getting ourselves fresh and healthy again, then back into training mode, putting in the hours on the water while it's summer at home!

Our next adventure begins in April when we will head to Hyeres, for the French World Cup Regatta, then carry on to Rio for the first of our training camps at the Olympic venue this year. So for now, it's relax a little, take it all in, let it all settle, then get straight back into it!

Fun times ahead!!

- NZ Herald

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