After a long Covid break from Olympic sailing, we are finally back on the water! Last week, Leopold had his comeback to sailing and won the City Island Cup in New York with three bullets and one second place. Even though the boat was an X332 and not quite a 470, it was nice to be back out there. We will make an announcement in the fall after the Tokyo Olympics regarding our plans for the next olympic cycle towards Paris 2024!
In the last couple of weeks, we competed in the National Championships and the State Championships. We are quite content with our performance; we finished the State Championships in 2nd. Unfortunately we couldn´t compete in all races at the National Championships, as Leopold had to take an exam. It was still nice to finish the Nationals with a first place on the last day.
Leopold is currently in the US to visit colleges and do some big boat sailing in Miami. We will soon be back on the water.
We are just back home from the open Europeans in Vilagarcia. We finished the event in 17th position in the gold fleet. Not what we were hoping for but not bad either. Light, tricky winds made the racing very challenging for us as light winds are our weak spot, but we are happy with the progress we made in light wind sailing.
The Princess Sofia Trophy did not start as planned for us, but we learned a lot throughout the event and are happy that we finnished the regattta with a 6th place on Friday. Now we enjoy some days of rest and come back stronger for the Sailing Worldcup in Genoa next week.
Yesterday we finished the 2019 MSC Regatta (Testevent for the Eurocup in Palma) in 23rd position. It was some tough racing and not exactly the result we expected, but it was good training, we learned our lesson and can´t wait to get back into the boat at the 50th edition of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia.
After two weeks in Miami, we are back in Europe now. The event did not go as planned … we arrived late and had just one day of training with the charter boat before racing and so the problems started…
On the first day of racing our spinnaker halyard broke, on the second day we had some trouble with the centreboard system and then the mastfoot-pin broke…
Overall we planned things too tight and had not enough time to get used to the boat and give it a little overhaul.
Even though we finished the Worldcup just in 35th we had a good time in the States and want to say THANK YOU!!!! to everyone who made this possible and always supports us on our journey to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
Thank You to Flir Systems, Raymarine, HS Sprenger, Marinepool, Olimpic Sails, Mallorca Clothing Company, Glogglz, Alpha Ropes, Bessey Industrial Tools and Tactical Sailing for the financial support and the supplies.
Thank You to our training partners Afrodite and Lobke and huge congrats to our other training mates Jordi and Nico for the victory!!!
The most important supporter here was Katrin, who hosted us and helped us wherever possible and gave us some great nutrition advice. Check out what she can do for you on http://katrinmehler.com/