Mayor Angelo Tsirekas of Canada Bay and Olivia
Mayor Angelo and I finally managed to get some shots off today with the Canada Bay Sports Citizen Of The Year Award down at my local Drummoyne Sailing Club - bit cold and wet but very nice to have been honoured with this.
I'm off tomorrow to run the final part of our campaign - had a wonderful time here over May and all set now to do what we set out to do four years ago. :)))
A HUGE congratulations is in order for everyone who came along last night and made it one of the most special nights we've had. The turnout was beyond expectations and we hope you had as much fun as we did!!!
Big day yesterday for Olivia - Ten Breakfast interview and Olympic Farewell Dinner leading the Athletes Parade...
Even bigger night tonight for the ONLY team with our ONLY Sendoff at Zest - Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club where we get to say our farewell before heading to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
We've been out of range with bad internet for the Hyeres Regatta but here's an overall update:
We placed 9th overall in the Hyeres world cup event.
It was a tough week with a strong mistral wind blowing for the majority of the regatta.
A big thank you to all of our supporters over the past couple of weeks for inviting all of your friends to join and like our page!!
ONLY Girls are back in Sydney now!!!!!
We had a very productive tour, now some rest and recovery for a week...
(From Anna Tunnicliffe's Blog yesterday)
Our next race was interesting. We had a fun pre-start against Team Price (AUS) which resulted in us starting on port at the boat slightly late. We were where we wanted to be but not on time like we would have preferred. However, we came back together and were able to force her to tack. At the bottom of the first beat, there were about 5-6 big shifts that hit within one minute. The two boats went from pinning each other to being pinned. Ultimately, our shift came out on top and we were able to cover her up to the top mark. She rounded right on our tail and surfed into leeward of us as we planed downwind in the building breeze. We stretched the distance enough between the boats to get in our gybe to starboard; she delayed her gybe and ended up hitting us with her spinnaker earning a penalty. At this point she was pinned to windward of us and we held her to the point of a tight spinnaker reach into the mark to ensure that we would round ahead. We rounded with almost a length between us and rolled into a tack. She tacked back shortly thereafter and then her jib halyard broke. They were very clever and quick and managed to get the jib back up only losing about 4-5 lengths in the whole thing. From there they hit some nice shifts and we had to spend some of our lead to lock her in behind us. They had caught up a fair amount and rounded the top mark only a length behind. Not quite sure what happened then on their boat, but they had a delay on their hoist on which we capitalised and we extended away and took the win. It was a great race and they did a fantastic job at keeping the pressure on us the whole time
Arrived in Hyeres yesterday safe and sound!!! Today is practice day but 30kts predicted... We will see!!!
No practice today... Its honking here!!! Hopefully tomorrow :)
We will be keen to continue our medal winning start to the year in Hyeres, having been on the podium in Miami and Palma winning Silver in January in Miami, backing the result up with the Bronze medal in Palma.http://sof.ffvoile.com/
ONLY smashed Mt Basso today, we halved our time up the mountain!!
We also had rowing test in the morning... Big dayyyyy!!!!
You know when the ONLY girls are tired... we had the afternoon off from fitness camp on Sundaand we didn't even hit the shops!!!
Our families all met up back in February at the AST Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club before we set off for another tour of Europe and our second World Cup for the season. Click on our Gallery for downloadable photos of all our events and activities.