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Fluffed European Championships in Helsinki

Tommys not happy with results
Last weekend saw the start of the 49er European Championships and as usual all 60 teams were represented. A lack of wind meant that the Tommys were not the only ones who missed out on preparation time out on the water. For bowman Thomas Czajka, who had a badly swollen knee, this was probably no bad thing, but it still didn't really give him enough time to get fit.

Despite solid top 10 finishes in the lead up to the European Championships Zajac and Czajka were not able to keep pace once the wind got up. With all the World Cup events in recent months they have both lost a lot of weight and now they struggle to keep up with the competition once they start going above 13-14 knots.

And to add insult to injury a disqualification for a false start finally killed off any chance the Tommys had of securing a place in the gold finals.

"We were far too conservative and didn’t go all-out like we should have done", said Thomas Czajka about their performance at the European Championships. The Tommys simply couldn't get the boat up to the kind of speeds they achieved in England and false starts didn't help their cause. They didn't really get going in the Silver Fleet either and were unhappy with their performance. The goal now is to get in shape with a lot of weight training in time for the first Olympic qualification events in Australia in November. In the next three months the Tommys are hoping to bulk up before hitting the water at Lake Garda in the autumn.

Tomorrow, July 14th, Zajac and Czajka are travelling to Poland, where they have been invited to take part in the Volvo Olympic Cup Regatta. Among the competitors will be the Olympic champions from 2008 in the 49er, the Danish team of Jonas Warrer and Martin Ibsen.