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Team Jolly win the world championships in France in the boat called Kingspan

Jo Aleh and Olivia “Polly” Powrie won the world championship women’s race in France after 8 races in their boat named Kingspan.


 Team Jolly Racing is made up of Jo Aleh and Olivia “Polly” Powrie.

After a three month stint sailing together in 2006-7 in a 420 – which they finished off by winning the 420 World Championships at Takapuna, NZ.  Jo and Polly joined forces again in late 2008, this time in the 470 with their eyes squarely focused on the 2012 London Olympics. After an impressive four years of campaigning, with multiple successes at World Cup and World Championship level, they topped it off by winning the Gold medal in style at the 2012 London Olympic Games.


Jo and Polly (Team Jolly) are now looking to the future, and are beginning their journey to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.




Jo Aleh

Age: 26
Date of Birth: 15 May 1986
Height: 171cm
Weight: 58kg
Residence:  Auckland, NZ.

Why do you sail?  Because it’s fun!
What/who started you sailing?  I was inspired by watching Team New Zealand win the 1995 America’s Cup, and reading about NZ’s amazing sailing history.
Weakness: I guess I am a bit of an over-active person and I struggle to sit still, and tend to do too much rather than too little.
Most important people in your life and career?  Mum and Dad, and all of the other amazing people who have helped me along the way.. There are too many to name…
Racing since: I was 11.
Best part of racing: The challenge of competing against not only the worlds best, and the ever-changing weather.
Hardest part: The rough times, the injuries, and when things don’t work out…
Worst moment in career: Having a bike crash, 4 stitches in my forehead, grazes everywhere and a impressive black eye, then waking up that next morning (my birthday) and having to go back on the water to race – in the World Champs.
Best moment in career: Maybe crossing the finish line of the final race in London.
General career goals: Olympic Gold.
Favourite food: Anything healthy and tasty… and also a few things that are just tasty…
Favourite reading: I’m a speed-reader, so something long and interesting enough to keep me occupied for more than 20min.
Favourite music: Anything quality.
Favourite place to travel: Anywhere warm that I can take a stand-up paddle board.
Most respected sailors: Sir Peter Blake, Sir Russell Coutts, Barbara Kendall, Leslie Egnot.
Favourite place to sail: Lake Garda, Italy.
Other sports: Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding.
Other interests: Tech Gadgets, Computer stuff, other sports!
University? Currently studying a BBS extramurally at Massey University.
If I was not sailing… I’m pretty sure I would be competing in some other sport.

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Olivia “Polly” Powrie

Age: 24
Date of Birth: 9 December 1987
Height: 173cm
Weight: 70kg
Residence: Auckland, NZ

Why do you sail? Still enjoying it.
What/who started you sailing? My family all sail and I am the youngest of three so went along with what everyone else was doing.
Weakness? Chocolate.
Most important people in your life and career?  Family
Racing since: 1998, Optimists.
Best part of racing: Conditions are never the same so it’s always new and a challenge to try and master.
Hardest part: Dragging body out of bed for umpteenth day in a row of training.
Worst moment in career: Injury – but there is always a silver lining.
Best moment in career: Having a good race and then putting together a well sailed regatta.
General career goals: Olympic Gold.
Favourite food: Sal’s pepperoni pizza and Pepsi Max
Favourite reading: History
Favourite music: Wide and varied.
Favourite place to travel: New places.
Most respected sailors: Sailors who have stayed at the top of the game for a long time.
Favourite place to sail: Barcelona, Spain
Other sports: Mountain/Road Biking, Water related sports, snow skiing (when I am allowed).
Other interests: Music.
University?  BA/BCOM, will be studying forever at the rate I am going!
If I was not sailing… I would have a degree by now!

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