What a difference a year makes!
12 months ago youth RPAYC Members Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot fell in love with FX sailing and racing at the highest level against the worlds best sailors became their dream.
The Olympic Games, being the pinnacle test for athletes became their goal.
"12 months ago we forfeited our opportunity to defend our youth world championship to focus on the important task of securing a spot for Australia in the 2020 Olympic Games. 12 months ago a very optimistic and detailed plan was developed to achieve our task. We are delighted and proud to wake up today realising our 12 month journey has reached its destination.
Australia now has the chance to compete in Tokyo!", said the duo.
"Like all amazing journeys the path to the destination is riddled with unexpected twists and turns and the 2018 Hempel World Sailing Championships didn’t disappoint.
Not only did we achieve our goal, we got the chance to taste the feelings of being towards the top of the leader board during an event that saw many teams rise and fall like a yo-yo.
We got to experience an environment that was high stakes for everyone and whilst our last day on paper looked our worst it will remain the most pivotal point for our future achievements and strength of character.
It’s a mixed feeling to accomplish something so special on the back of a tough day".
"Tears of missed opportunity to compete in the medal race were then replaced with tears of relief that we got what we wished for, and then came the tears of happiness... There were lots of tears to say the least!
Today with dry eyes our focus turns to next years goal list. Today we begin our plan to qualify ourselves to be the team to represent Australia in the Tokyo Olympic Games!"
The journey begins by watching the medal race tomorrow, the following day the girls will fly home so Tash can finish her high school exams... finally!
They will then crank up the intensity, time and energy to a new level!