Oli Tweddell Sailing
December 15th, 2015
Straight after finishing the Worlds in New Zealand, i flew home for a few days of rest, before we got stuck into racing at the 1st round of the 2016 ISAF World Cup- which happens to be in my home town of Melbourne. It's always great racing when at home and in my own usual settings, which is a vast change from how we compete at all other events. I had a tough week of match racing with Josip Ollujic (Cro), with me taking the win in the medal race to secure the Gold Medal. It was a nice feeling winning in front of family friends, and I look forward to a great year ahead. For now I put my head down and train hard for my European Championships in Barcelona in March.
November 31st, 2015
After a very disappointing season in Europe, I was looking to put in a big performance in Takapuna (NZ) at the Finn Gold Cup. I started off the event well with some strong results, and was sailing well throughout the regatta. Unfortunately I had a poor final day of racing which saw me plummet down the leaderboard into 22nd Overall. It was a bitter pill to swallow, after all the hard work over the previous 8months, to have one bad day ruin the week, but that is our sport, and you have to perform well everyday with no exceptions. Next stop is home for the next round of the World Cup.
March 31st, 2014
After returning back to Australia after Miami, I had a few training camps at the AIS, and also at our National Training Centre in Sydney. We have had a productive time training at home and have been able to make some big gains on the water and in the gym. I have now been in Palma for over a week training and testing my new boat and sails which has been quite interesting. It has been a productive time with my training partners in Palma and I am really looking forward to seeing how the event goes. We have 99boats entered, so it is going to be a massive fleet with all the big players here. I am excited to see how I go!
February 5th 2014
So after a very successful 12months of racing I have gained enough points to now be ranked the Number 1 Finn Sailor in the World. This has included me picking up 2 Silver medals in the last 2 ISAF World Cup Regattas. I have been really enjoying the racing the last season and can't wait until the European Season kicks off again! I would like to thank my Family and friends for their continued support. As well as the Australian Sailing Team, The Victorian Institute of Sport, Sandringham Yacht Club and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club for their support of my campaign!
February 5th 2014
So the Miami ISAF World Cup was one of mixed emotions, as I was leading going into the last day with a 9point lead, unfortunately Giles Scott (GBR) was able to overturn this lead in the double points medal race. I was still very pleased with the Silver Medal and 2nd place overall. I sailed extremely well all week and was a bit gutted I couldn't quite finish the week off, but thats yacht racing. I have learned a lot this week and improved my light wind downwind speed which is great. I am now looking forward to the Finn North American Championships this weekend.
January 23rd 2014
I kicked off the new year with a trip to Miami for the next round of the ISAF World Cup. I have a 2 week training block in Miami prior to the event and training is going well so far. We have been having a lot of light winds in some extremely shifty conditions, which has made the training very interesting. There is just over a week to go before racing starts and I am feeling pretty good about the preparations so far. I have been ticking off a lot of things from my USA Bucket List and been having a lot of fun training here, I am looking forward to the event starting soon.
December 8th 2013
I was pretty pleased to win a Silver Medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup- Sail Melbourne, not only because it was on my home waters, but because it was such a tricky week of sailing. I didn't start off the week too well, but I was always in the hunt, I just kept chipping away at the points and trying to keep myself in contention and it all boiled down to the final day Medal Race. Bjorn (SWE) pushed it hard all week, and I wasn't quite able to get enough boats in-between us in the medal race for me to win overall. I won the Medal Race, to finish just 1 point behind Bjorn and collect my 3rd consecutive Silver Medal at Sail Melbourne. I am now going to be training hard for the next World Cup Regatta in Miami in January.
October 31st 2013
After a few weeks of being back home training in the gym and having a bit of a break from the water I have finished the SB20 Nationals which was a bit of a fun regatta. We ended up 3rd overall which was a nice way to finish considering our poor start to the regatta. Thanks to Chris Dare, Will Lewellyn, and Andy Rae for sailing with me for sailing together and providing a bit of fun for the week. After the SB20 Nationals I was straight off to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, for management meetings and fitness testing to ensure I am on the right track in the Finn. We have one more day left before I head off to Queensland for a Finn Training Camp. Summer is coming and it's certainly starting to get nice an busy!!
September 20th 2013
Upon returning home to Melbourne it was a pleasant surprise to see the new World Rankings released with me at #8, this has been my highest World Ranking to date and reflects a pretty solid season of racing. I am now home and have had a few weeks off from sailing Finn's, but was straight back onto the water on the SB20 in preparations for our Nationals in October. I will focussing a bit more on the SB20 until they are over and then switch back into Finn's after that. In the mean time I will be maintaining a strength and conditioning program to ensure I keep moving towards my fitness goals. The Aussie Summer is coming and I can't wait for some nice wind and waves!!
September 1st 2013
I have just finished 11th Overall at the 2013 Finn Gold Cup, which is a great result and is showing that the areas I am targeting are improving and making a difference. The week was extremely tricky with big regular wind shifts and light conditions making for extremely difficult racing. I was pleased to pick up my first race win at a Finn World Championship and it was even sweeter doing it in a charter boat after there were issues with my original boat. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and sponsors who always encourage and support me and have enabled me to achieve this result. I am now coming home and will take a short break before ramping back up for Sail Melbourne and Miami OCR.
August 20th 2013
I have just finished my training block at the ETC and arrived back in Tallinn to be greeted with very Melbourne like weather. My time at the ETC went really well, I was able to focus on training hard and targeting my conditioning as well as making sure I was mentally refreshed to get back into the boat. I met a lot of new people across a wide variety of sports while there, and it was interesting to hear how other sports work and get an insight into how their training and prep goes for their upcoming Worlds. All in all it was a good experience and I look forward to going there again next year! I have been sailing a few days here in Tallinn in completely different conditions to before which is great, this is a very difficult place to sail in which will keep me on my toes. I will be doing my final prep now before Worlds start on 26th, stay tuned..
August 8th 2013
After the Euros finished I went straight to Tallinn (Estonia) which is the venue of the 2013 Finn Gold Cup (World Champs) to be held in the last week in August. The venue itself is quite nice, as it is the former Olympic Sailing Village from the Moscow Olympic Games, it has been recently renovated and is a 2min walk from the boat park. For the duration of the training we had a mixture of conditions and directions, which is exactly what you want when trying to get to grips with a new venue. I really enjoyed my training block here, and want to thank Ross Hamilton (IRL) and Lauri Vainsalu (EST) for letting me train with them, as well as helping out logistically and keeping me company for my time there! I am now back in my favourite European Training base, the AIS ETC, where I will be for the next 10 days with a focus on my conditioning to enable me to peak physically and mentally for Worlds,.
On a side note I would like to add how impressive it was to watch the Artemis boys race like they did yesterday in the Louis Vuitton Cup, what a great achievement and a testament to great teamwork and determination. Keep it up boys!
July 30th 2013
The Finn Europeans were quite a tricky event, with very light winds and a big fleet it made for very tactical racing. The event was plagued by a lack of wind with a few days of no sailing, and also being unable to complete a full series. My start to the event was quite poor, as I was really struggling to get off the line cleanly and in a fleet of 100+ boats this made life extremely hard. I did manage to get my groove back at the end of the week and score a 5th & 4th to jump up the leader board, but unfortunately the breeze didn't hold on and it was too little too late. I finished 18th Overall, which was a deserved result considering my performance, with lots of lessons learnt it has provided me with some food for thought over the next few weeks. I am now in Estonia training for my Worlds in a months time.
July 22nd 2013
The last few weeks I have been training in Warnemunde Germany, Warnemunde is a nice little sea town with a lot of tourists coming through the shipping port of Rostock. The weather has been excellent the last few weeks here, with a lot of sun and wind making for great sailing. Today is the start of the European Championships, which has a record number of 103 entries, this will make the start line very crowded and provide some close racing. The forecast for the week is quite light which will make things a lot tougher, but I look forward to racing this week and seeing what happens.
July 7th 2013
Since returning back to Melbourne I have been utilising the great facilities at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), to help lay down some conditioning for my upcoming European and World Championships. The Melbourne weather meant sailing time has been limited, however this enabled me to spend more time in the gym and gave my S&C Coaches more incentive to push me hard. I have enjoyed my time back home with my family and friends and even threw in a bit of Laser Coaching in Queensland for the mid-Winter Youth Championships, I always find it humbling watching Youth sailing and the amount of enjoyment it gives to the sailors, as it reminds me of how I got into the sport and why I love it so much. I am currently packing bags and preparing to fly to Germany on Tuesday for Part 2 of my European season.
June 11th 2013
After spending almost 3 months in Europe for the first part of the season, I am glad to be back home, and have been able to reflect on my performances at each of the regattas. I learnt a lot about myself physically and mentally on this trip as well as fine tuning a few techniques which I have been working on since returning home a few weeks ago. The trip was full of highlights and was great fun, although my personal highlight has to be the fact that I was able to win a couple of races while on my way to reaching my first European Medal race in Hyeres the 4th round of the ISAF World Cup. I now have 4weeks of training in Melbourne left before I fly back to Europe for the Finn Europeans and also the Finn Gold Cup. Time to man up and train hard!
June 11th 2013
Here you will be able to jump on board my Road To Rio campaign, following all the thrills and spills of trying to achieve my ultimate goal of winning Olympic Gold, I hope you enjoy the ride!! I will be posting regular updates, photos and videos on this new website, as well as on my other social media accounts. I look forward to sharing the journey with you all.