The Never Ending Story by Andrea BrewsterI thought that the Worlds in Perth was going to be my last Olympic Radial event. However 2 weeks into the new year I was informed that the British Radial trials were going to continue and that I was still eligible for selection. With some much needed financial help from my very generous and supportive family, I set about planning my training and racing schedule. After a couple of months of training in Palma it was time for the World Cup circuit to start.
I have now decided to hang up my hikers and retire from Radial sailing. The last 8 years have been an incredible experience. I have pushed myself further physically and mentally than I ever thought possible and have been lucky enough to travel the World and have made so many amazing friends along the way.
Since making the decision to retire, I have been exploring possibilities for my future. My priority for the moment is to get some cash coming in so I am still looking for coaching work. I have some coaching coming up which I am looking forward to doing to gain further experience. My Laser equipment has been selling really well but I do still have a complete boat and a few bits and pieces left which are advertised on the UKLA website.
Another possibility I have already started to explore is the new Women's Skiff the 49erFX which will be in for Rio 2016. I went RS800 sailing a few weekends ago and despite the capsizing and subsequent bruising, I absolutely loved it. This could be the start of a new and exciting challenge! Watching the Olympics always inspires me and I am looking forward to this time seeing it live as well as on TV. I will of course be supporting Team GB but I also wish all my foreign friends good luck!