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Allison prepares for ISAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Perth
1 Dec, 2011

Allison returns to Australia for hometown advantage at ISAF Worlds
14 Oct, 2011

Olympic Trials Update, Allison prepares for European Championships in Bulgaria
24 Aug, 2011

Support Allison's Olympic Campaign and win!!
11 Apr, 2011

Pulled over on the Harbour
13 Jan, 2011

Allison Supports Sport for Women Day 6th March 2011
12 Jan, 2011

Allison Campaigns for 2012 Olympics
12 Jan, 2011

Allison makes a comeback to Olympic RS:X Racing!!!
9 Dec, 2010

Inverloch Windsurfing Clinic 2010
28 Nov, 2010

Allison Speaks at Parliament House at Sports Advocay Group Women in Sport Dinner
27 Oct, 2010

Speaking at Tara Anglican School for Girls
12 Oct, 2010

2010 Sydney Schoolgirls’ Get Active Breakfast
9 Aug, 2010

Mentoring Christians Doing Law
2 Aug, 2010

Allison Speaks at Aspire
31 Jul, 2010

The Prize DVD goes to air in Australia
10 Jun, 2010

The IWG World Conference for Women and Sport finished today with a bang!
23 May, 2010

IWG World Conference Legacy
23 May, 2010

Ambassador for IWG World Conference for Women and Sport
20 May, 2010

WRNSW Media Workshop for women in sport
29 Apr, 2010

Allison Misses 2010 Formula World Championships
21 Mar, 2010

The Inspiring Race Sydney Olympic Park
5 Mar, 2010

OCEANIC / NATIONAL Championships event report
6 Feb, 2010

Oceanic/National Championships in Hawks Nest
5 Feb, 2010

Inverloch Windsurfing Clinic
30 Nov, 2009

Basic Instinct - Unleash your instincts to protect, soar and excel
27 Nov, 2009

Ambassador for McHappy Day
21 Nov, 2009

School Girls Breakfast with the Stars
28 Oct, 2009

INVERELL - Jesus All about Life Campaign
27 Oct, 2009

Inspiring People - Connect 09
29 Sep, 2009

20 Sep, 2009

Get Ready To Be Inspired
11 Sep, 2009

The Ultimate Training Camp – Playing for a purpose
5 Jul, 2009

Bass Strait Challenge
26 Mar, 2009

Bass Strait Challenge this week!!!
24 Mar, 2009

Allison lives "Life on the Edge"
21 Nov, 2008

Allison pipped by a point for Formula Winsurfing World Title 2008
15 Sep, 2008

Christian athletes feature on Sports DVD with Bible Society New Testament
20 Jun, 2008

Tornado at Worthington US Nationals
15 Jun, 2008

Grand Prix Sopot, Poland
6 Jun, 2008

British Open, Christchurch
28 May, 2008

Whitwell, Rutland Inland Windsurfing Regatta, Uk
18 May, 2008

Allison promotes new Formula One Design board for 2012 Olympic Games in Europe
5 May, 2008

Allison to co-host new yachting television show
8 Feb, 2008

NEWS FLASH! Allison to Windsurf Across Bass Strait
4 Oct, 2007

2007 Formula Windsurfing World Champion – Allison Shreeve
18 Aug, 2007

Australian National Champion RS:X Olympic Class
20 Jan, 2007

Aussies rule at Formula Windsurfing World Championships, Korea
10 Sep, 2006

Top 10 at Pre Olympic Test Event, Qingdao, China
30 Aug, 2006

Just short of two world titles
5 Aug, 2006

PWA World Tour Fuerteventura 2006
1 Aug, 2006

Allison Shreeve honoured - Australian Female Sailor of the Year 2006
12 Jul, 2006

Allison's rise in Olympic windsurfing class
7 Jul, 2006


Pulled over on the Harbour

Thursday, 13 Jan, 2011

Training for the Olympics is not just about time on the water, but also getting in physical shape off the water.  While my weight seems to be the biggest issue in racing at the moment evidenced by my results in the last two light wind regattas, I came across a new hurdle, the other day, on Sydney Harbour.  It was Monday afternoon, the Harbour was clear from traffic except for an occasional ferry every half an hour or a small fishing boat pottering around, and I was happily doing laps of the harbour, up to Manly and back down towards Rushcutters bay when the unthinkable happened… I decided to do one more half a lap up to the wedding cake (a white lighthouse in the middle of the harbour) when I noticed a Maritime boat hovering near by.  At one stage I thought he was following me, but once I got to the wedding cake I turned around and headed back down wind fast.  After a few gibes I looked back and the maritime boat was trying to keep up with his sirens blaring red and blue.  The though crossed my mind to out run him and get back to the beach, but I still had about 5km to go, so I stopped near Shark Island.

A man named Paul popped his head out of the window of his illuminated vessel and said to me "Are you aware of the restriction areas for windsurfers on Sydney Harbour".  (No Hi or Hello, or nice weather today!) To which I replied, "Not exactly but I stay clear of the ferries."  Well… apparently there is a map of restrictions for windsurfers and kite surfers on the Harbour excluding us from sailing anywhere between the Sydney Harbour bridge up to Bradley’s Head, and in the shipping lanes all the way up to Manly and out the Heads.  After having this explained to me I told him that I was campaigning for the Olympics, but this little fact didn’t seem matter to him "It’s a safety thing, and we can’t let one windsurfer out here off the hook because others will follow".  While I understand his point, this same day I saw a stand up paddle boarder, a kayaker, a moth and a water skier all in the shipping lanes.  Windsurfers have much more manoeuvrability than small dinghies or paddle craft and we are faster than most craft on the water so we can get from a-b very fast and hence out of the way of ferries, ships or any kind of danger.  What I don’t understand is; why are windsurfers and kite surfers discriminated against?  During the working week, Sydney Harbour has hardly any traffic and it is one of the greatest places in the world to sail and train, I would know having been to 40 countries over the last 12 years. Being restricted to small bay areas makes windsurfing very difficult having to tack or gibe every 30 seconds because we run out of water or wind.  After explaining all of this to him he asked if he could post me the map of restrictions.  I opted for the email option, and gave him my address, then he asked for my name, to which I told him, but thinking in the back of my mind "oh am I being put on record, or will I be fined?"  The lady also on board didn’t say a word, just looked at me suspiciously and wrote down my information.  Afterwards I asked if I could get back to my beach which was still 5km away which meant that I had to sail in some illegal areas, to which he said "That’s fine" and let me go on my way.

So now I am faced with the situation of having to sail in some of the most sheltered areas on the harbour which is very boring when you have to put in 3-4 hours on the water each day.  I can sail up and down the full length of Sydney Harbour 4 times in that amount of time; just think of how many hundreds of laps I will have to do of my little bay area (restricted zone) just to fill up the time.  I suppose my tacks and gibes will improve enormously!  I have decided to write to the powers that be to try to lift the restriction for those training for the Olympics.  Even if we have our sail numbers registered with the Maritime authorities, that wouldn’t matter, just as long as we get to do the training beneficial to an Olympic campaign.  I’ll let you know what happens!