The last couple of weeks have been spent training in Rio with the rest of the British squad. It was the first time I’ve sailed in Rio and a great opportunity to start learning about the tide and wind conditions at the venue. We got in some great training and also got pretty good at negotiating the traffic in our hire car.
There were lots of tide lines full of rubbish which although not very pleasant at least it’s obvious when you get to one! Racing in the harbour is pretty cool with Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer as the background. One of the areas we trained on was just at the end of an airport runway and the noise when planes take off is pretty deafening, it will take some getting used to.
Next up I’m off to Mounts Bay to do the RS200 nationals with James Peters, which will be a great opportunity to learn from a different style of racing. Then we’re into the business end of the season with the European and World Championships in Ireland and China respectively.