'Turn a setback into a comeback'

  • Posted on: 8 June 2015
  • By: Sophie Ainsworth

Do you want the bad news or the good news?

I’ll start with the bad news that I have a neck injury. It means that we cannot compete in next weeks World Cup in Weymouth and Portland. It’s a blow not to be able to compete in our home World Cup, especially when the forecast looks so windy and more importantly sunny. It’s frustrating not to be able to sail or do much in the gym, but I am in the best place I could be, working with the best people I could be to get back on the water. Charlotte has been absolutely fantastic; in her previous campaign she had a back injury and understands all the frustration and pain I’m going through but won’t let me mope.

The good news is that ultimately it is an enforced break from 49erFX sailing for us, although Charlotte will be on the water in her moth and potentially in the FX with boys. It has given us time to reflect, we are excited about our campaign, with lots of ideas on what we need to do for World domination. We might not be on the water but our campaign is still in full swing on shore. We have done a lot of planning, there is always something to do. Charlotte has found a new app called wunderlist, that allows you to share job/to do lists, they seem to be endless, but when you tick something off and your phone chimes it’s a great feeling. I’m not sure your supposed to add to the list retrospectively but I seem to have got into that habit so that I get the chime noise. Charlotte seems to have got the raw end of the deal doing all the boat work, and carrying out most of the plans, whilst I rest. In a few weeks I will be as fresh as a daisy. Thank you Chaz!

The spring was testing for us, as a team we were trying to change some fundamental areas. We believe them to be necessary to win gold in Rio 2016, but that meant our overall result short term suffered. We really had to trust the plan and each other to get through the hard days. We knew this was part of the process, and we did, we are feeling strong and tough together. It’s a shame not to be able to put this learning into practice sooner but these things happen. This setback is going to be our comeback.