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.
Last weekend Leopold and his crew won the Around Long Island Race overall by six minutes, after two days on the water! Big Thank You(!!!) to the awesome crew, and Marek who provided the boat!
Leopold Brandl and crew of V&P – Prize giving ceremony Around Long Island Race 2021
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!
We spent the last days in Italy to test our new boat. We had some difficulties and only finished in 9th but the boat is ready now. Can´t wait for more in Spain next week.
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.
Due to the lack of wind sailing was just on two days possible. With a protest and a crash not our brightest hour…..
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.
We´ll keep you posted.
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/