I’ve been selected to sail with the GB team as a B1 helm in the world blind sailing championships in September this year.
Although I’ve sailed with the rest of my crew before, we had our first training session together since selection on 15/16 July. We had some well-needed practice and training exercises to get us working well together on Saturday.
And, for the first time this year, had to cope with more challenging wind conditions that we could face out in the US. We coped well in the windier conditions and it began to feel as though we were communicating and working like a team.
On Sunday, we had a practice regatta for the four crews going out to the Us and other sailing comrades joined in. This was a good experience at dealing with the pressure of racing and demanded a lot of concentration in the lighter wind conditions we faced on Sunday.
This made it a good training weekend and gave us points to work on at the ext training weekend 18-20 August.
Cycling the Prudential 46
As well as the sailing training weekends and continued work on my fitness levels, we’ve had to put effort into fundraising and planning.
I decided to raise some funds for our entry fees and other costs by cycling the Prudential Ride 46 on Sunday 30 July with a friend from Greenwich.
The Prudential Ride 46 is a 46-mile route beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.
There was a challenging (for us) time limit to ensure that I didn’t treat this as a leisurely cycle. And there were thousands of other competitors and some hills for us to negotiate on our trusty (but not particularly speedy) tandem.
Despite our concerns about completing the course within the time limit, we managed quite a respectable 3 hours and 20 minutes. We weren’t alone in doing the ride on a tandem; there were around 40 tandems on the ride and it was quite encouraging to encounter other tandem cyclists throughout the journey.
The rain held off and we only encountered a couple of bottlenecks, so it went relatively smoothly. After a good start, we pushed ourselves to cover the first 20 miles as quickly as possible but then struggled on a hill near Richmond, after which we couldn’t maintain the same pace. It was a challenge and it was a relief to come back into central London for the end of the ride. A good experience overall though and, importantly, it is helping to raise funds for our sailing team.
For anyone who feels able to sponsor me, the fundraising page is at:
article by Sharon Grennan