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Xanthe Bowater heading for the RS:X Open Youth World Championships in Italy

Most of you are unaware, but I am currently sitting in Singapore airport once again. This time on my way to Civitavecchia, Italy for the RS:X Open Youth World Championships.

I have been drowning in homework since I arrived home from my last trip overseas in August, hence why I have been so slack with contacting everyone!
Firstly, I would like to thank each and every person who has helped me get this far and would like to welcome the New Zealand International Yachting Trust to my sponsorship team. I am ever grateful for all of your support and am well aware that I couldn't have achieved any of this without every single person, business, and trust that I have backing me.

So as I was saying: I am currently in transit in Singapore, halfway to Europe again! I decided shortly after I returned home last time that this event would be crucial in my development as an internationally competitive windsurfer so training resumed immediately and I put together some more funding applications to a couple of trusts, And now here I am, back at it again! This trip is a bit different to any other ones I have done before as I am doing it on my own. I have made some friends amongst the British team who are kindly looking after me when they arrive, a few days after me.

I arrive in Civitavecchia on the 15th and can collect my charter equipment on the same day. I have 5 days of training before the regatta starts on the 20th. In terms of goal setting I am only setting personal goals before the regatta, like winning starts and sailing to my highest ability as I am unsure of where I sit amongst this fleet and don't want to have an unrealistic or too easy goal as this may disadvantage me mentally.
The venue sounds pretty exciting, it's one of the ports that the cruise ships come into during summer. As I am going into the European Autumn, The temperature has begun to drop and I am expecting around 18-20 degrees and an average wind strength of about 10-15 knots- my favorite conditions! I will send another report in a few days, once I settle in.

Thanks you all for your interest and support,

New Zealand International Yachting Trust, 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!

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