Cycle camp and leaving Palma

Up in the clouds halfway through one of our rides

So after a long regatta I enjoyed a brief rest soaking in the sunny Palma weather and playing a few rounds of mini golf with some of my friends. I then went straight into the annual cycle camp that the Australian team has done for a few years now. I got a head start and did a day of climbing by myself before joining the rest of the bunch as they started a day later. Cycle camp isn’t just for Australians though as we had sailors from Sweden, Portugal, Ireland, Estonia, New Zealand and Belgium all joining in on the riding. Safe to say the hardest day was the third day on the bike where we completed and epic 120 km of riding and 3000 m worth of climbing. It was a long day for everyone with nearly 6 hours spent in the saddle. We all ended up getting lost in one way or another and I think everyone was on the brink of giving up at one point or another. Eventually we all made it back with epic stories to tell.

Post regatta mini golf session, a long standing tradition between AUS & NZL laser teams

We got a good three extra days in the boat prior to leaving Palma before the hectic scramble of packing up equipment, room and van and hopping on the midnight ferry back to Barcelona. A poor nights sleep spent on a hard chair followed by a long drive wasn’t a great combo but safe to say we were all happy to get to Hyeres, France for the our second event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup. We had a bit of a mix up with accommodation and didn’t have anywhere to stay for two nights but luckily we managed to find spare beds with the rest of the Australian Team before checking into our apartment yesterday. Now just training hard and looking forward to the beginning of the biggest World Cup on the calendar year starting this Monday. Yeeeewww!

Jezza’s chilli con carn going down well on our first night in our apartment in France


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