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19 June 2000Warm days are just about over. Boo Hoo. We leave for the North of Germany on Monday for Kiel Week a big competiton that starts on the 21st of June. It's a scarey thought of how cold it may be expecially after being spoilt here in Greece.We have now only one day left here in Greece in the warm, sunny, windy conditions of Vougliameni.If is hard to guage how much we have improved or gained over this time as I have been so stuffed everyday from going like a mad thing training. We were doing weights every 2nd day, and sailing 3 to 4 hours just about everyday. I think I went into recovery mode about the 6th day and was sleep walking for the rest. By the 14 th day we were ready for a break.Thankgoodness the Aussie's moved onto Germany so we could have a small break.We had excellent wind for the whole 2 weeks infact probably too much wind at times. A couple of sessions were over 30 knots!! It was great having the Aussies there so I could line up with JessicaCrisp. She is fast in the all conditions and we really pushed each other as we both hate being beaten. The Aussie coach was there so he was setting courses and blowing the whistle for when we were doing drills. It is amazing how fast time goes when you are on a mission and having a specific schedule really helps makes the day go quickly.Shayne and I have had the last 4 days off. We adventured off to the island of Santorini. It was amazing but I think being a tourist is more exhausting than training. Santorini is a really hilly place all the building are perched on the edge of this cliff face which is a crater. It was amazing sitting in restaurants that were perched right on the edge of this cliff watching the sunsets and the variety of tourists walk past. Everywhere you went we had to walk up and down stairs. The old legs got a good work out.We will be home on the 28th of June for about a week before we fly to Sydney on the 5th of July.We have decided not to go to Los Angelos for the competition there as it is a speed only place with very few wind shifts and I need practice in Shifty conditions - suits my character!!!!!! So we are staying in Sydney till the 26th of July.Itinerary.June 28th New ZealandJuly 5th SydneyJuly 26th New ZealandAugust 7th Sydney October 2nd YAHOOOOOO home.-------------------------------------European Championships - May 2000Well this competition gave me a fright, I didn’t really expect to pull off the title but it seemed that everything went my way.We have just finished the Europeans in Cadiz the South of Spain. Aaron, Shayne and I all got there a week early. Jon Paul joined us a few days later.We had an excellent week training and testing equipment. I decided the day before we had to measure in that all my stuff wasn’t cutting the pace, so I went out and bought a new sail and mast, sailed on that combo for about an hour and took a gamble, measured it in and it seemed to pay off. I had really, really good speed and plenty of height, this kind of speed makes you look like you’re a real good sailor and a tactical genius, a bit like team NZ in a way. Hee Hee.We had amazing conditions 3 days of 6 to 12 knots a lay day, then 3 days of my favorite conditions, 12 to 16 knots and rolling seas, sparkling water, warm and sunny. The kind of sailing you dream about. I think this is why things went so well, I was in heaven. We were also staying in a great place right on the beach, which was close to the racing. It is interesting to prove again that being comfortable and happy in your environment puts you in a great head space which is also so important for performance. The only thing missing was our masseuse to help the bodies along. Especially now after it’s finished the ole body is TIRED.I am also finally seeing some improvements from all that blood sweat and tears of fitness training, oxygen training and all the witchy pooh potions (natural stuff) showing real benefits, which is incredibly satisfying. Actually it is very exciting!!Aaron also thrived in the perfect conditions and won the men’s event. JP ended up 9th. Shayne suffered in the light at the beginning of the competition so he ended up in the silver fleet and placed 18th in that.This regatta was the final qualifying event for a lot of countries. Now all the sailors who will be at the Olympics are chosen so we can now take a good look at the competition. Probably right now they are all taking a good look at us. Hee hee.Shayne and I fly to Athens tomorrow and train there for a couple of weeks with the Aussies and Nikkos the current gold medallist and world champion. We will be sailing in the area the Olympics will be in 2004, which should be interesting.We then fly to the north of Germany on the 19th of June for our last European event - Kiel Week – most the other Olympic kiwi sailors will be there which will be great.Needless to say we are all feeling very proud of ourselves for about 5 mins, till the next wake up call but its good while it lasts.Hope it’s not too nippy at homeBarbara and ShayneI would have to say this was one of the best regattas I have done, even more successful than the worlds. -------------------------------------------- 21/MAY/2000well I am being very cheeky cause I will be sending this in the IMCO office free. You can't get connected anywhere else so rory let me play in his office.we have been here a week now and we have only had one day of full on wind which is slightly disappointing the rest of the time it has been a chicks breeze and I haven't really been able to do my chick thing and beat the boys bummer thats what I live for!!WE start racing tommorrow and it has taken shayne and I all week to work out what we want to use playing around with all sorts of combinations finally we threw the towel in and bought 2 brand new masts and threw themup our sails and thats what we are going to use. At least it makes it a bitexciting as we don't know how they are going to handle all the conditions. We are staying on this peninsula in a very colourful condo and we over look a beach where the locals come to hang out for the day then leave late in the evening and leave all their rubbish all over the beach. Its good peoplewatching but they really have no idea about how to keep the world clean. Its not quite as bad as barcelona but there is a distinct smell of public toilets while we are sailing, the good thing I suppose is there is no evidence of toilet thingsin the water - not like in barcelona.Everybody who is anybody is here, it is really a world championships the only country missing is China. the reall cool thing is there is a whole lot of new faces especially girls, lots and lots of young ones which is definitely keeping the boys entertained!The spanish have so far organised everything really well, the race site, equipment storage and facilities are great and the best thing is that it is warm and sunny - I love being warm, but it is still a good temperature in the morning for when we have been running.Our next door neighbours are the Aussies which is good as we get to have entertaining nights hassling them and playing pass the new baby around. lars and Karens little Grace is now 7 weeks old and isn't really adapting well to the travelling so the more relief we can all give karen the better.Well thats about it from us here in Spain till after the comp. We are both looking foward to going to Athens afterward to train with the Greeks.bye bye Barbara and Shayne-------------------------------------------- 25 April 2000Happy EasterHope everyone had a great Easter. The weather here in Sydney was great. We had four days of clear blue skies, crisp autumn mornings and the water still really warm.This all made for great sailing here over the last couple of weeks.We have just finished competing in Sail Sydney.This is usually a big regatta for all Olympic Classes but only the Mistrals had a full fleet here. All the yacht classes are no already in Europe beginning their Olympic build-ups.We were only missing a couple of countries in this regatta – England, German, Switzerland and Holland. All the big guns were here though. This regatta was the last trial for the French girls and for the Argentina boys so there were nerves flying.We had eight races over the last four days with a real mix of conditions, 3 real, real and I mean real light races where you were seeing your reflection in the water a few times. Two windy races and 3 medium races. It was great we had a real mix of conditions.I started off a little rusty as I haven’t raced internationally since the worlds so it took a while to warm up into it. But I finished with a bit of a bang – actually two bangs by winning the last 2 races which put me one point in front of Jessica Crisp ( the Aussie) for first place. San san from Hong Kong came in 3rd. We all had good races and bad races – consistency is the key and this was proved in the men.Lars Kleppich from Aussie won the men again for the 5th regatta in a row on Sydney harbour!!!!! He didn’t even win a race!!!!!! But won by a good 10 points from the French guy. Aaron sailed a great regatta to come in 3rd. Aaron won the most races but had a couple of deep ones too. Jon Paul Tobin finished 9th and Shayne finished 19th. Grant Beck our coach was with us this comp and he made a big difference with weather observations. Sydney is such a tricky, shifty place to sail and having Grant out there really helped in making calls on where to place yourself during the race.-------------------------------------------- Here are the prize winners form the worlds Faustine Merrit left and Lise Vidal right. The lady in the front is wearing nothing but a body painted flag!!!! Me racing in the worlds -------------------------------------------- February, 2000Hi Everyone Just thought I'd fill you all in on the last month and what’s happening over the next little while.February was a little quieter than last year, as far as racing goes, but full on with training off the water.I competed in Sail Auckland at the beginning of February. This regatta usually attracts lots of overseas sailors, but this year the World Champs in Argentina were being held so there were no overseas sailors. Aaron Macintosh and Bruce Kendall were absent as well. So the depth of talent was a little thin. Never the less I still had plenty of competition, racing Jon Paul Tobin and my darling husband, Shayne. We all had some great battles but the boys got me, as the regatta was a windy one. It was encouraging to see is that all our youth sailors are getting way, way better and there were even a few young girls competing which is looking good for the future of our sport. They are pretty lucky, our youths, as they get to sail with the best in the world all the time which gives them a good bench mark to measure themselves on.After Sail Auckland I started doing some altitude training. The awesome thing is I didn't have to go up a mountain. The Oxygen Center has just been set up in Takapuna. All I had to do was put on a mask for an hour each day over 2 weeks and breathe this depleted Oxygen, the theory being: If you starve yourself of Oxygen, when you get into normal air your lungs perform alot more efficiently. By the end of the 2 weeks I was at about 22000 feet which just above base camp 2 on Everest. During this time I was also meeting with David Slyfield, who does our physical training, 3 times a week and he was thrashing me aerobically and strength wise. Those 2 weeks were awesome I really felt like I made a big improvement in my base fitness. The Oxygen’s full benefits are meant to come into effect about 2 weeks later - which hopefully happens the day our Olympic Trials start - this Saturday!!!!I have already noticed the benefits while I was training mainly finding my recovery was faster.Apparently the Aussie swimmers sleep in a chamber at night which simulates being at altitude, maybe that’s one of the reasons they are dominating swimming at the moment. Time will tell.During this time there was also the New Zealand Sportsperson of the Year, Decade and Century. A big thankyou to all those that sent congratulatory notes it was really appreciated. Of course I thought I should have won all three awards but then again I am biased HA HA. Maybe one day I might win the overall but when you are up against super human rowers who are twice your size !!!!!I am still really, really happy to have been nominated for the award 5 times over the last 8 years and win it 3. This last week Shayne and I have spent training in Sydney. Like I have said before every hour on that harbor counts. It is amazing how much you learn and relearn about it everytime. We sailed with the top Aussie male sailor there who has yet to be beaten in a regatta on the harbour. It was great to learn so much off him and every now and then give him a run for his money.So this Saturday the big one starts THE OLYMPIC TRIALS. This will decide the official yachting team for the Olympics. In the men’s it will a radical race with all 3 of them capable of winning. For me it is a slightly different story as no other girl has met the standard so my place in the team is 99% even so I still want to go out there and keep those boys honest!!!!.After the trials I have about 2 weeks at home before heading off to Assume on the 5th of April. We will be there for about 3 to 4 weeks. Then it will be off to Europe about the 10th of May, then the States and back to Aussie. That’s the rough plan anyway. So thanks again for your support and I hope things are going well in 2000.RegardsBarbara KendallWell that’s a brief run down on what we have been up to and what we are planning for 2000.I hope that everyone has a successful 2000 and look forward to meeting with everyone at some time.Best Regards Barbara and Shayne. -------------------------------------------- January 4, 2000Happy New Year After all this New Millennium hype our New Years has got to be one of the worst yet – in fact it was so bad it was hilarious. Bruce, Shayne and I saw the new year in, hiding behind a public toilet, dressed in our full wet weather gear, sheltering from the driving rain trying to see the fireworks from the sky tower which was covered in rain cloud. Fortunately we were hanging out with some very entertaining people who made the whole dampening thing amusing. Following is a brief summary of last year and an itinerary for next yearThe start of 1999 was probably my most memorable as I got my first "green room" surfing, a full barrel over the top of my head and out the other side at Te Arai point up North. After I had an incredibly sore throat from screaming in excitement or maybe fright. It was a great way to start a great year.My first race in 1999 at the beginning of January was in Singapore and Malaysia. I race short boards at one event and Mistral at another I had never been in this neck of the woods before so it was all adventure. The best part was blowing my $500 prize money shopping in Singapore before I came home. Shayne spent this time in Melbourne doing a qualifying race so he could compete in the Worlds later on in the year in Noumea.At the end of January we went down to Christchurch for the Race Nationals. Lyttelton Harbor turned on strong winds and we were able to have 11 races and 1 round of slalom in 5 days. This event had one of the largest amount of entries for a long time over 100 competitors. Shayne got 4th, he was pretty happy as nowadays he races the Mistral Olympic board more than shortboards. I placed 13th in the men’s and won the women’sTwo days after Christchurch we competed in Sail Auckland a big Mistral event. We were both sleep sailing in the event, exhausted from the week before racing. Thank goodness it was windy, hook in and hold on – our favorite kind of sailing. Somewhere in the middle of that regatta Shayne and I had our 6th wedding anniversary, time flies.We spent the most of February, March, and April travelling round NZ to all the competitions. The most memorable was in Whakatane, round White Island race, Unfortunately there wasn’t much wind so we had to sail 4 hours around Whale Island instead. The next day we took a boat out to the island. It was too dangerous too land as she was blowing heaps of hot ash into the sky. It looked like a nuclear boom site, nothing alive. Most of my spare time at the beginning of the year was taken up doing my Hillary Commission thing in Secondary Schools around the country. I lecture round 30 specially chosen sporty kids for 4 hours, on dreaming, goal setting and dealing with setbacks. Its great I get to meet with a lot of NZ’s up and coming future hero’s and hopefully give them some good tips on life. There has been really good feed back, and the good thing is I get to talk for as long as I want!I also had the chance of a lifetime with a charity called Books ’n’ homes. This charity gifts books to primary schools in all the poor areas. The kids get to keep the books and therefore are encouraged to read. I got the chance to give the books out in all the schools in the far North. We flew from school to school by helicopter. I had forgotten how beautiful NZ is. I won’t even attempt to describe it, only that it was truly awesome.This year I raced as a master in some of the events. Isn’t that a scary thought, I am a master at the tender age of 32 the real scary thing is I have been a master now for 2 years. Men aren’t masters till 35. Shayne has one year to go till we go head to head in the same division. HA HA.Our Europe circuit started in Holland half way through May and it was warm – unbelievable, usually we have thermals on and cursing Europe while we are standing around in hail and rain. This year we even got to have barbecues with bikinis on! From Holland we went to Sicily for the always crazy Windsurf world festival. After Sicily it was onto Los Angeles where we had a training camp. Grant Beck (our coach) flew up and we did some serious hours tuning and testing. Afterwards Shayne and I drove up the California Coast to San Francisco for the North American Champs. We got home the end of July for 5 weeks before heading off to Sydney in August for six weeks. We did two events in Sydney the first the Australian Nationals and then the Pre Olympics. After every event you realise how important it is to spend more time there. Sydney is a tricky place to sail and you are never quite prepared to what she is going to throw at you next. We have got ourselves set up in Sydney with an apartment and a car so going over there is now very easy.We were home for about 10 days before we had to take off to Noumea for the World Champs. Club Med put the NZ windsurfing team up for free for the whole 6 weeks. We got to do excellent training without having to worry about food, sleeping or suppyling our own entertainment. It was fantastic. My family came up for the week just before the worlds. They were a great distraction for that week of tapering. The Worlds went amazing. I think for the first time in my life I finally feel like I have peaked for a competition, I don’t think I could have sailed much better, everything went right. I didn’t have to sail the last race and ended up winning by approx. 40 points. Always there is a team of people behind you and for me Shayne is as always an amazing support. He always helps me first even though he is competing as well. Another secret weapon is our masseuse Janice McLennan nicknamed the brain surgeon if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have made it physically and mentally. Not to forget Grant Beck and the other lads, Bruce Aaron and JP without each other none of us would have been as fast.After the worlds I didn’t realise how burnt out I was till we did a race in Sydney just before Christmas. I was in ga ga land and can’t remember what happened or how I sailed myself backward through the fleet. There is such a fine line between peaking and burn out which is going to be the biggest challenge leading up to Sydney trying to get that line right. Who ever does will win!At the moment there are 5 of us that have that potential so it is going to be an interesting year.This year wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my sponsors.The NZ sports Foundation – their funding has been a huge help I am now able to do what I need to do without having to worry about money.Dupont NZ – Their support has been great over the last 2 years with no pressure.Oakley – Have been with me for the longest time since 1988 Hyundai – Helped me with a car this year in Holland and always have a car ready when I am back in NZRipcurl – Have been with me for 7 years and have awesome clothes and wetsuits.Power Bar – without these I wouldn’t make it to the end of an eventAlso thanks to NZ international Yachting Trust and Yachting NZ.Summary of ResultsBarbara Shayne1st Singapore Open 7th Sail Melbourne1st Malaysia Slalom 1st Formula 42 Nationals1st NZ Race Nationals 4th 1st Sail Auckland 9th1st White island Race 1st Olympicsail 5th1st Sail Sydney, Sydney 12th 1st Mistral Nationals 2nd2nd Spa Regatta, Holland 75th 1st Windsurf World Festival, Italy 21st 1st North American Championships, San Francisco 7th 1st Australian Mistral Nationals, Sydney 14th 1st Pre Olympics event, Sydney1st World Championships, New Caledonia 42nd 5th Sydney Harbour Regatta, Sydney 24th New Zealand Sportswoman of the YearNew Zealand Sailor of the YearManukau Sports Person of the Year.Itinerary 20006th – 17th January Sail Melbourne27th – 2nd February NZ Race Nationals, Christchurch4th – 8th February Sail Auckland11th – 18th March NZ Olympic TrialsAfter this event I will know if I have officially qualified for the team following is my proposed itinerary.1st – 30th April Sydney15th May EuropeMay, June EuropeJuly USAAug, Sep Sydney16th – 2nd Oct 2000 OlympicsWell that’s a brief run down on what we have been up to and what we are planning for 2000.I hope that everyone has a successful 2000 and look forward to meeting with everyone at some time.Best Regards Barbara and Shayne.

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