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Xanthe Bowater's final report from the Techno293 Windsurfing Worlds in Medemblik

Hi everyone,

Well, worlds are all over now and I will be heading home in a week. I take home second place in silver and 37th overall. This was not exactly as well as I had hoped for but in hindsight a realistic result especially considering my unfortunate injury prior to the event.
As far as my sailing goes, I windsurfed better than I ever have, and got a lot better sailing in light and testing conditions.
Of the 26 countries competing the majority of the medals went to Italy, Israel and Spain, all countries with large fleets and nationally organized training squads, which says a lot about the need to grow fleets and form competitive training groups.

When I arrive home I will have my head down in my text books catching up with school work for a wee while but In 3-4 weeks I will be looking at my programme for the next 12 months. The results from this regatta will hopefully give me good grounds to work from.

I will be in touch in the near future but please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do for you.
Thank you all very much for your interest and support, it has been great hearing from you while I have been away and I hope you all have enjoyed following my progress.
Don't forget that the regatta website has all the results and some great photos and cool videos.

A good reporter checks their facts so I must correct myself in saying the Olympic windsurfing medal count, there have actually been 48 medals not 24, but even so, the 7 New Zealand ones are impressive.

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