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Xanthe & Fenella Bowater - further report on their windsurfing adventures

Hi again! It has been a while since we last wrote, and plenty has happened!
After our first email we caught our flight to Paris, where we stayed at a nice little house for two days and learnt to use the underground train system to explore the city. We got to see some cool sights from up the Eiffel tower and Montmartre, with beautiful weather for us.

Now we are in Brest, at the serious part of our trip, the last 4 days we spent tuning our new kit and training with other nations. Today was day one of the Europeans and the conditions were pretty good with about 15-20 knots although it was rather cold, about 16 degrees.I'm sailing in a fleet of 44 youth women and Fenella has about 27 in her fleet on the RS:One. It was really great for both of us to get out in a big fleet, as we have never really had more than around 15 boards on our start lines at home.

As Fen has never really sailed the gear she is racing on before, today was a very steep learning curve for her. She only got given her RS:One kit yesterday and spent most of the day setting it up so in total she had about an hour and a half on this type of gear before.
Not a great day but things can only get better. We hope.

My day was all right, a bit of a shock to the system trying to get used to starting in such a big fleet. My results today were 23, 27, 23 so pretty consistent with an overall placing of 24th. I am happy with this and hope to climb up to finish in the top 20. My coach, Dave said he is happy with my upwind speed so things are looking positive! A bit tired after today as the women didn't race until 2pm, so lots of waiting around.

We have a correction from the last email to make, big apologies to Motovated Design & Analysis for the incorrect spelling!

And finally, our blog is up and running with daily updates online at:

Thank you all for your support,
Xanthe and Fenella

The Sargood Bequest, Lyttelton Engineering,Lyttelton Rotary, Christchurch City Council, Koller and Company, Motovated Design & Analysis, Lyttelton Port Company, Christchurch Kiwanis, Jeff Gray BMW, Catholic Cathedral College, Seventh Wave Wetsuits, Lyttelton Lions , ATF Fencing, Carl Taylor Homes, Precision Physiotherapy, House of Travel Merivale, Mitre Ten Mega Ferrymead, Skullcandy, Groundswell, Canterbury Windsports Association and Ferrymead Medical Centre, and of course, Mum and Dad!
And also everyone who brought raffle tickets

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