Ellie

January 12, 2018

From the Beginning

Mellie first teamed up back in May 2016; after Megan finished studying at university and retired from 470 crew life and Ellie was fresh off a plane from New Zealand after living the kiwi life for the winter. We were both raring to start a new adventure in the 49erFX Olympic class together and couldn’t wait for what lay ahead...Only a short period of training later and we competed in our first World Cup event that coincided with our training in Weymouth very nicely. This was followed by a few events on the mainland of Europe, giving us some perspective into the hard work we need to do!

Over the winter we joined the rest of the British Sailing Team in Cadiz for training, where we spent most of time getting as many hours in on the water as possible and learning as much as we could from all of the influential people around us. Continuing on with the European tour we headed over to Palma, Mallorca for the Princes Sofia regatta - always the best transition into the racing season and to see all our foreign competitors from the circuit.  A quick detour into Hyeres on route home from the World Cup and then finally back in home waters at our UK Base: The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It’s crazy to think that from the amount of training we do over a year, most is done abroad (especially over the winter months) so we don’t get to spend much time sailing at home at all!

It wasn’t long before we were back on the road again for European tour no.2 of the year.  This one involved a lot more driving, that’s for sure; bouncing between Porto, Portugal (Worlds venue) and Kiel, Germany (Kiel week and Europeans venue). It was a bit mad of a mad exercise driving across the length of Europe a few times! It was a very busy summer but we are very grateful and lucky to have fitted all of our training and racing plans into a somewhat achievable calendar; all of which would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors: Marine Results & Moore Blatch. Venue specific training is extremely valuable to us, and was hugely impactful in our performance at the World championships in Porto. A very interesting venue and week of racing for our worlds to say the least! Let’s just say the first few days of the regatta could have been a surfing championships, not sailing! But the wind did appear towards the end of the week and boy did we get wind! We had an up and down summer. After not performing our best at the Europeans, we quickly pulled ourselves together for the Worlds very shortly after and achieved all our goals set up for the regatta, so we are happy with the overall outcome and huge learning points from the way we dealt with both positive and negative outcomes. After a short time off in September, we were excited to get back into training to take more big steps forwards in our sailing development.

Being full time sailors, we are therefore not hardcore enough to sail in England through the winter! So in November we packed all our gear (and new boat!!! - thanks again Marine Results) and headed out to Vilamoura, Portugal where we will spend the next few months until it starts to warm up! With a really good Brit training group and lots of foreign friends to train with we have been making good progress and hope to continue leading up to Princess Sophia regatta in April.

The past year and a half of our campaign has been really successful and we cannot wait to continue to make gains and climbing up the rankings to the top! An immense thank you to everyone who has been supporting and helping us on our journey and we look forwards to sharing the adventure to come with you all.

Mellie

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