Hello!

It's been a while since the last update... I'm on tour in Europe so there's been a lot happening.

May
I flew in to Holland at the end of May — Holland has been a bit of an HQ for me during my time in Europe. The Dutch team are all very helpful, accommodating and above all good friends (and on that note: a very special thanks to Kiran Badloe, Dorian van Rijselberghe, Aaron McIntosh and the rest of the Dutch team for their help and hospitality). 

First stop on my European leg was Medemblik for the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The first real regatta on this trip and campaign. It was a rude awakening. Despite a good range of conditions over the week, I meandered around the middle of the fleet for most of it. Not unexpected, and some vital lessons (re)learnt. Good in any case to be back amongst it.

The Delta Lloyd Regatta... The first real regatta on this trip and campaign. It was a rude awakening.
  Duck gybe in Santander, photo courtesy of Nick Dempsey Photography

Duck gybe in Santander, photo courtesy of Nick Dempsey Photography

  A start line during racing at the 2017 Delta   Lloyd   Regatta

A start line during racing at the 2017 Delta Lloyd Regatta

  Struggling up a hill on my bike in Santander

Struggling up a hill on my bike in Santander

  Heading out for an afternoon sail in Santander

Heading out for an afternoon sail in Santander

June
I spent the first week of June training in Scheveningen (let's call it HQ from here) where the Dutch National team is based. They have just built a new facility there — it is tremendous. It's a four storey building which combines the sailing centre for all Olympic classes, a gym, meeting rooms and the head of the Dutch Federation. 

For the second week of June, I went to Santander (in the North of Spain) to watch the World Sailing World Cup Final. There, I'd generally ride my bike in the mornings, and head out to the water for some light training and to watch the guys/girls race in the afternoons. 

Back to HQ for the third week of June followed by two weeks in Copenhagen for a training block with Sebastian Fleischer.

The Dutch National team is [in Scheveningen]. They have just built a new facility there — it is tremendous
  The view from the beach near the Dutch training centre in Scheveningen, Den Haag

The view from the beach near the Dutch training centre in Scheveningen, Den Haag

July
Again, back to HQ for a week of training with Kiran, Dorian, and Sebastian (and guest appearance from Tom Ashley) in preparation for our Tour of Friesland — a five day race through the canals between cities in Friesland. This was truly spectacular. Be sure to check out the videos which I have linked here (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4). 

  Sailing through a tight gap during the canal tour through Friesland

Sailing through a tight gap during the canal tour through Friesland

  Dorian navigating his way past a church and under a bridge during the canal tour

Dorian navigating his way past a church and under a bridge during the canal tour

For the last week of July we set off for Norway to complete a final block of training before a short rest period. The plan from here is to go to Denmark next week for the 2018 Worlds Test Event which many sailors will use as a warm-up for the September Worlds in Japan. Next update to follow the former!

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  A lighthouse in Larvik, Norway

A lighthouse in Larvik, Norway