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Xanthe Bowater prepares for the Techno293 Windsurfing Worlds in Medemblik

Hello again!

These last 2 weeks have been great, we arrived in Medemblik on Monday to pick up the charter board and I now have 3 days of training until the worlds start.
After the Sopot regatta we (Dad and I) were loaned two brand new RS:one race boards to train on for 4 days. Unfortunately the wind didn't get up above 5-6 knots so we didn't get to give the gear a real test but we enjoyed them all the same. It was, however, very good for getting my fitness levels up again and testing my ankle gently.

After a fun day in Gdynia at their St Dominic's fair, we started to head south. Torun was our first stop and then 3 nights in Wroclaw. We had to extend our stay here by an extra day as Mum, Dad and I all fell foul to a stomach bug, but that was all over in a day and we continued south to the Czech Republic to spend the night in Prague. After a day of sightseeing and waiting for our punctured tyre to be fixed (no spare came with the Euro lease!!!) we started back on the road again this time heading north. One night in Dresden, Germany and a day of wandering the streets of this beautiful city and a tour though the incredible Volkswagen production building and then we headed north once again to Berlin. We sorted out the public transport quickly and caught a train to the city centre the next morning to see the sights and do the real "tourist" thing, catching a tour bus and finding out about Berlin (and Germany)'s very rocky history.
The next morning we started the huge trek to Kiel, 500km later a very tired Bowater family arrived there and started to hunt for some accommodation. After 3 unsuccessful attempts at booked out hostels we finally found a nice Hotel near the waterfront.
After another long journey, this time 400km south-west, we crossed the very long causeway to finish our adventure in Medemblik where I picked up the charter board and have been out training with the lone Brazilian boy, Brenno, since.

Today the Hong Kong team asked me and Brenno to participate in some practice races with them. We ended up with about 10 of us, from Italy, Hong-Kong, Singapore Brazil and NZL all competing and it was great to see that I am up to speed with these other teams. The last 2 nights we have been staying down south, about 45minutes drive from the Sailing area, so that the family can get to see a little bit more of Holland. The rest of the New Zealand team will arrive in the next 2 days and I am looking forward to having someone else who speaks fluent kiwi to train against! The next time you will hear from me will be once the regatta has started. Once I know the regatta web address I will forward it on to you all so that you can keep up to date.

Until then keep safe and warm and I will keep in touch
Thanks again to the team,

Leighs Construction; Lyttelton Rotary Club; Christchurch Kiwanis; Koller and Koller; Lyttelton, Mount Herbert Community board; Mitre 10 MEGA, Ferrymead; House of Travel Merivale; Roger Woods; Independent Providores; Naval Point Club Lyttelton; Seventhwave; ASP; Contours, Ferrymead; ATF Services; Carl Taylor Homes; Skullcandy; Groundswell Sports; Clarrie and Jillian Rose; Dick Brown and Dad and Mum of course.

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