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Xanthe Bowater reports from the Techno293 Windsurfing Worlds in Medemblik

Hi again!
We are all well settled into our bungalow in Medemblik now and I am at the midway point of the regatta.
The racing has been really good, a bit of every wind condition. We have had between 2 and 20 knots in the past 3 days from 3 different directions. With 450 competitors from 26 countries race management are struggling to run and record races accurately with problems of sailors in wrong fleets and the back of one fleet finishing and being placed in the front of the next but lets hope this is over and the next few days will run smoothly.
My fleet (under 17 girls) has 70 competitors in it, so to make it easier on the race committee to get starts underway it has been randomly split in half and the past 3 days have been grading races to separate the gold and silver fleets. I unfortunately just missed the cut by 3 places so am in the silver fleet now. Even though I am a little disappointed in this, I will now look forward to the possibility of leading the fleet.
It has been an interesting time for some of the smaller more isolated countries like New Zealand, you come to an event like this as the top in your country- you feel you are sailing well and I know I have come a long way from Worlds last year, but we line up with the big teams from Europe- the Israelis, Polish, English these teams all have large well resourced national programs that send teams, coaches etc. I don't think it is all about the resources but more about the numbers and the opportunity that these sailors get to sail against really good kids in big fleets all the time, they are awesome.
So what this means to me is that if i want to succeed in this, I have to try really hard to make sure I take every opportunity to sail and train with bigger fleets and get to these regattas when I can.
Here is the official regatta website:
On it you can find a well edited video of the action from each day and all the results and also some photos.
Look forward to talking to you on Saturday when the event is over
We had a special visitor this morning - Dorian van Rijsselberghe brought his Olympic Gold medal in to show and inspire the fleet. ( I have a photo of us attached) We worked out that of the 24 Olympic medals given for windsurfing, New Zealand has had 7, we don't do too badly! Now it is time I got back out on the water for 2 more races today!
Keep safe and Thank you all, especially my sponsorship team listed below,
Xanthe Bowater

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