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More from Xanthe and Fenella's big adventure in Europe!

Hello Everyone,
Its been four days since we left Brest after finishing our European Championships, sorry for the lateness of this email.
The event was fun for both of us and we learnt a lot. Even though we were both disappointed with our results we now know the areas of our sailing that we need to work on in order for us to do well in our next events.

Xanthe finished 29th overall in the Youth Women RS:X Europeans, not where she would have originally liked to have finished, but she had some great races including an 11th and a 13th and was in the top ten around the first mark in most races. She learnt an awful lot and has a lot of new skills to go away with.
I finished 7th girl in the RS:One European Championships and considering the competition and the fact that I had never sailed an RS:One board before, it was an okay result. I learnt a lot and now know what I need to work on before the world championships in Poland.

We both had lots of fun and made some great friends. Brest provided a great venue for the regatta and a mixed variety of sailing conditions, including rain and lots of wind and then other days with no wind and lots of sun.
On the no wind days we sat onshore until 6pm when the race officers finally sent Xanthe's fleet out and mine was cancelled.
On that day Xanthe had a wee accident with her mast, we thought it was in the shade but that didn't prove enough, and so it snapped because of the heat. Thankfully she had a spare one so that she was able to race still.

On Sunday we went out with Xanthe's coach, Dave Robertson, to watch the women's medal races, which Natalia Kosinska -our top kiwi woman- had qualified for. We learnt a lot by watching the top ten women in the world race and we are very proud of Natalia for finishing 5th overall.

In the end Xanthe was the 9th country in the results, with mostly British, French and Israelie sailors getting on the podium at prize giving.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who has helped us get to where we are. The knowledge and experience we are collecting here is invaluable and could not be learnt any other way.
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Thank you all very much,
Fenella and Xanthe Bowater.

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