Semaine Olympique Francaise - Success for Aussies Belcher and Page

Belcher and Page - Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile 2012
© Victor Kovalenko
Sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have together won at the Semaine Olympique Francaise.

Mat Belcher:
For the first time together Malcolm and I have won the Semaine Olympique Francaise for 2012. This event was one of the most difficult events that we have competed in together for some time. The conditions proved extremely challenging with the majority of the races being run in between 25-35 knots. In such a contrast to the last world cup where we sailed the majority of the races in light wind conditions, it was nice to have the same performance in the other end of the wind scale.

Most of you would have seen that on day one we broke our rig, while leading and only the final reach remaining. We managed to finish this race in 24 but it was a disappointing start to the regatta for us. At the same time, we are pleased to have had this experience along with both Victor and Malcolm nursing colds throughout as part of our Olympic preparations. No matter how much you want things to go your way sometimes things are just out of your control. The way we dealt with these adversities will only help us towards London.

We are now enjoying a few days rest before resuming our training in Barcelona for the World Championships coming up in a couple of weeks time.

As always, thank you all for your support. Your help and encouragement makes every success along the way so much sweeter. We will also launch shortly our BelcherPage2012 supporters T-shirts towards the games so please look out for these.

All the best from Europe.
Mat and Mal

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