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'Manaia World Championships' RS:X training for female sailors

RS:X Coach, Dave Robertson, recently organised a training camp which brought together six top female RS:X sailors from New Zealand and Australia. Dave reports on the camp staged at Manaia, Whangarei Heads….

From the 14th-18th July six top female RS:X sailors came together for an intensive training camp in preparation for the World Championships in September. Four New Zealanders (Kate Ellingham, Alice Monk, Justina Sellars, Steff Williams) and two Australians (Jessica Crisp, Krystal Weir) attended the camp held at Whangarei Heads. Facilitated by the RS:X coach Dave Robertson the girls endured eight solid sessions of sailing, a strength and conditioning session with Daniel Lavipour (NZAS) and Jez Fanstone (YNZ), a 420 meter climb up Mount Manaia (in the dark! - pictured at left), an encounter with a pod of killer whales and a blustery 35 knot south westerly on the final day.

Throughout the camp a regatta (named the ‘Manaia World Championships’) was held with a total of eight races. This produced some great battles on the water and provided plenty of discussion around the dinner table where the girls enjoyed the finest of home cooked meals and baking. The eventual winner of the regatta was three time Olympian Jessica Crisp from Australia with Kate Ellingham closely behind in second and Alice Monk in third.

A grateful Jessica Crisp said after the camp was finished “Your girls are getting good fast which is great! We will do the Aussie/ NZ training camp in Australia next time but I don't think it will be as fun as yours.”

The camp proved a real success for the girls who attended and we are looking forward to the ‘real’ World Championships in five weeks time. “The RS:X training camp was a great opportunity to test my progress against Aussie Jessica Crisp, a top performer in the woman’s fleet. Sailing conditions were challenging with shifty winds, providing good practice for Weymouth,” said Kate Ellingham.

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