Leopold spent the last three weeks in Palma (Spain) to prepare for the season and compete in the first Sailing World Cup of the year. This World Cup is a special event since it is not only the first one of the season, it is also Leopold’s comeback to the Olympic sailing scene after a three-year retirement and Leopold’s first big event in the ILCA class (Leopold competed in the 470 class until the Tokyo Olympics, after which the discipline was changed from separate men’s and women’s events to a gender-mixed discipline, which did not allow Leopold to keep competing with his brother on one boat.).
Leopold practiced with training partners from Spain, the USA, the Bahamas, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany for two weeks to improve maneuvers and boat speed on the bay of Palma. During the 5 days of racing that followed, the focus was set on practicing starts and high-pressure situations in the 180-boat fleet, as well as continuing to improve boat speed in the world-class fleet.
Strong winds are still a big problem, as Leopold is still about 15 kg (30 lbs) too light, but in more moderate conditions, Leopold was able to finish a few solid races in the 20s.
We will keep up the hard work and update you on the upcoming events. Lastly, we would like to thank all sponsors, donors, supporters, and City Island Yacht Club for supporting Leopold’s journey to the Olympic Games!
Leopold and his crew Ali started the college fleet racing season with a strong series at The Grant. Leading the A Division throughout most of the regatta, they finished tied with Washington College (home game for WC) 5 points behind Princeton after a bad last race. This podium finish qualified Columbia for the America Trophy and Regional Championships at the Merchant Marine Academy in two weeks. Full results can be found here.
On Friday, Leopold and his crew finished the 2021 Vineyard Race in 3rd place. Leading throughout most of the race, they lost to the first two boats on the last two miles to the finish, as the wind died. Still, a great event and a great way to end the New York summer.
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 doing 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.