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Olympic hopes Press Release

Sunday, May 23, 2010 She comes all the way from Australia, helmed the Aussie Yngling at the Olympic Games of 2008 in Qingdao and is back in her Laser Radial. Krystal Weir finished seventh in yesterday’s race. “I just came back into it”, she says. “A seventh place is nothing special, but I am learning how to get off the line again. We have a couple of days here and then we continue with the Delta Lloyd Regatta.”She used to sail the Laser Radial before she replaced Yngling skipper Nicky Bethwaite, who broke her arms just before the Games. Weir and her crew finished tenth in China, where-after she jumped into the RS:X for a year. “It was a new challenge, as I didn’t windsurf before”,...

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Krystal in Amsterdam

Well it has been one week since I left Australia for sunny Holland. I have been spending the past week trying to recover from jetlag and get myself ready for racing at my first event in Scheveningen at the North Sea Regatta. I have been staying with Renske and Pim my Dutch friends exploring Amsterdam, Ann Frank House and also there famous football stadium where I was able to see the making of the stage for the Toppers concert. The dutch are crazy for this concert where they dress up in everything over the top and enjoy sing-a-long songs…hmm interesting.  After a few days I was all ready to go out sailing but my boat was waiting in Rotterdam on strike till some important paperwork from...

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Krystal Back in the Laser for London 2012

At the end of 2008, I announced at Sandringham Yacht Clubs “Meet the Olympians” function that I would be campaigning towards Gold in London 2012 in the Laser Radial. I have decided that it is time to jump back into the boat and begin campaigning.   Over the past year, I have taken time out to continue my studying at Sydney University Physiotherapy and also spent the summer learning how to race the RSX Olympic Windsurfer. My goal has always been to be an all round sailor and learning how to windsurf has helped form a different dynamic to my sailing. I am hundred percent positive that the time spent on the windsurfer and also the Yngling during 2008 will help me in my Laser Radial.   Recently, the...

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Queensland Laser Camp

Over the past week I have been training up in Queensland at a joint Yachting Queensland and Yachting Australia Camp run by Fletch and Adrian with help from Ken Hurling. It was a great camp with onwater training, rig measuring and lectures on tactics and techniques. Full rig boys jumped back into the Radial to give all the Girls and Youth Boys come tough competition. Brisbane really provided the winds with 15-18knots everyday. The winds and chop of Morton Bay really has prepared me well for my first event in Europe, Holland Regatta at the end of May....

Windsurfing at SailSydney

It has been a while between updates as I have been solely focused on one thing and that is to get through my Physio course at Sydney Uni. My last exam was last week and with that box ticked I can move forward and get back onto the water. Sydney International Regatta is coming very quickly! We have a weeks training before the regatta on Sydney Harbour where we will be lucky enough to have some of Australia’s best coaches Brendan Todd, Sean O’Brien and Jess Crisp coaching us on the RSX Windsurfer. It is an exciting time as the class is growing in Australia. The Australian events have been well supported by some International competitors such as Gelly from Greece, Jannicke and Maria from Norway and...

Learning to Windsurf

It has been a while between updates as I have settled back into life at home at a more realistic pace. Over the past four years it has been non stop towards Beijing. I am now enjoying the more simple aspects of life. Since the Games I have been learning how to windsurf while studying at Sydney University Physiotherapy. My Sailing career has progressed from the Laser Radial to the Yngling Class. Both classes have developed my life skills considerably. The Laser class demonstrated the need for self-driven motivation, whereas skippering (the leader) the three person Yngling Class taught team cohesion and working together for team outcomes. Windsurfing now brings a new dynamic to my on water skills as I learn how to persevere against the odds and...

New Direction

Over the past three months I have spent my time reflecting on what I have achieved so far in my sailing and where my new direction will be. Winning the Laser Radial Worlds in 2004, second at the Yngling Worlds 2008 and competing at the Olympics, all while travelling the World with a sport that I love has been a fantastic experience. During a meet and greet session for the Olympians at Sandringham Yacht Club I announced that I would be competing at the first World Cup 'Sail Melbourne'. Sandringham Y.C have been tremendously supportive over my campaign and it is hard for me to announce that the time is not right for me to be competing. I have not ruled out London but at this stage...

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Beijing Olympics Wrap-Up

As a team we put ourselves in a position to win. We have spent hours developing our up and downwind speed and our skills so that we can be a player. Opportunities will present themselves and it is those who are observant and patient to take them on the day that will win. In the first race of the Olympics we demonstrated that we had the potential as a crew to really shake up these Games as we comfortably went on to win the first heat. We didn’t quite play our cards right and we finished fifth overall. On the last day of racing I failed to weigh in which is a day to day routine requirement. This personal error cost the team a final finishing...

Krystal Weir back into Laser for London

Olympic sailor Krystal Weir used a meet and greet session with the public at her home club yesterday, to formally announce Sail Melbourne in December would be the start of her 2012 London Games campaign. Seven members of the hugely successful Australian Olympic Team were at Sandringham Yacht Club yesterday and none were more enthusiastic about their future Olympic campaigns than Weir. The 23-year-old skippered an Yngling in Qingdao to a top 10 finish this year, however will jump back into her class of choice, the Laser Radial, for another tilt at an Olympic regatta. 'I will be competing at Sail Melbourne again this year – it’s at my home club and it’s always lots of fun and I will be back in a Laser,'...

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