Plans for 2016

and what has happened in 2015

2016

‚ÄčJanuary

Training at Clearwater, Florida, followed by the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - 24-30 January. Done - 6th overall and second GBR

February

Move back to Clearwater, then World Championships at Clearwater 9-14 February.  Done - 6th overall and first GBR

March

Training and the Princesa Sofia Regatta Palma, Mallorca- 25 March-2 April.  Done - retired hurt after a big capsize whilst leading race 1.  

April

Training in Rio and then Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France- 25 April-1 May.  Done - 4th overall and first GBR 

May

Training in Rio and preparation in UK.  Done 

June

Training in UK, then Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland - 10-14 June, and back out to Rio.  Done - 1st overall, with most of the top boats taking part - the last big event before the Olympics.

July

"Sail for Gold" Ball in London, then Olympic kit collection and out to Rio for more training.

August

Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 5-21 August.  Our racing is schedueld to start on 6 August, with the medal race on 16 August.

September

We'll be having a break to recover!

2015

April              

A few days off, then training at Hyeres, France and the ISAF Sailng World Cup Hyeres - 20-26 April  Done - boat set-up sorted and finished 5th overall and first GBR - more like it!

May              

A couple of weeks of boatwork and training at Weymouth, followed by the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands (26-30 May) - a training event for us. Done - finished 9th overall & first GBR

June              

Some more training in Weymouth and then the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland - 8-14 June.  It's followed by a few days off, then out to Aarhus, Denmark for pre-Worlds training.  Done - finished 8th overall, despite sailing two races with only one rudder due to gear failure.  Second GBR and gutted to miss out on selection for the Test Event in Rio - watch out - we will come back even stronger.... 

July

The Nacra 17 World Championships take place in Aarhus, Denmark 2-10 July.  This is another of our major events of the                                       year, and a good result will help us to secure a good level of UK Sport funding for the next stage of our campaign.   Plans for ther remainder of July depend on whether we've been selected to go to the Rio 2016 Test event in mid-August, so we'll have to wait and see what happens. Done - finished 12th overall and second GBR - not good enough - we'll try harder!  Then some useful training in Rio.   

August         

We could be at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (better known as the Rio 2016 Test Event) takes place from 12-22 August - alternatively, it could be Nacra 17 training plus Cowes Week and some National Championships in other classes?  Not in Rio, so Ben sailed some days as tactician on Cowes Week Class 4 winner "Strait Dealer", then won the Merlin Rocket Nationals at Whitstable with George Yeoman in "Speed Machine"  

September  

Our final major event of the year is the Nacra 17 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain 26 September-3 October. Done & won - can't beat that!!

October       

Some days off, then a few weeks of training in the UK.  Done - good to sail at Weymouth & Portland, sort out some boatwork and have a few weeks living at home.

November  

Back out to Rio for more training.  Done - then a week at home sorting things and container loading for Florida 

December  

Training and then the Copa de Brazil 15-20 December.  Done - 3rd overall and first GBR.  Then home for Christmas!  Done