GB windsurfer Elliot Carney has described the recent ISAF Sailing World
Championships as a career-best week - and has vowed to make that
the rule rather than the exception from now on.
Carney put in Britain's breakthrough performance in Australia finishing
no lower than eighth in his first five races to give him a realistic shot at
reaching the all-important medal race.
He couldn't quite maintain those performances in the final five outings, with a best of 11th, but did finish an impressive 14th overall and well inside his pre-regatta ambition of the top 20.
His early performances put Nick Dempsey well and truly to shame with Britain's windsurfer for next year's Olympics eventually finishing just one place and one point ahead of him.
And having also finished 17th at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta on the Olympic waters in Weymouth this year Carney is determined to show that he is far from a one-hit wonder.
"I had a pretty good week, one of the best I have ever had, and it was nice to race with the top lads, it was good fun," said Skandia Team GBR windsurfer Carney.
"I had a really good winter training with Nick, I had a lot of time on the water and board speed is quite a major part of what we do and that has definitely improved and so have my results.
"It was nice to be able to race properly instead of chasing the fleet. I would have been really happy with a top 20 and I feel like it was definitely deserved.
"I have done what they call an apprenticeship over the last few years and I think it is now time to start earning some good results.
"I would like to start doing well while all the old boys are still here and in their last campaigns. For me to be able to race with them proves that I am getting better and not getting worse."
Carney will enjoy a brief break over the festive period before building to February's European Championships in Portugal and another global gathering weeks later in Spain.
And Carney insists there will be no let up as he bids to transfer his form Down Under onto the continent in the New Year.
"I have got a full on next couple of months and there won't be much rest. I will have the Europeans, worlds and then Sail for Gold in June," he added.
"So the next five to six months are full on."