|IN THE OLYMPIC REVERE |
Starting this Monday 1065 athletes from 62 nations are in the Olympic revere and are competing for World Cup points at the Skandia sail for the Gold Regatta.
On Monday, June 6th, at 11 a.m. the World Cup event in England starts. The Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta 2011 has over 1000 announcements and is the biggest Sail For Gold event in history. 65 boats in the 49er class are at the start, not a single candidate for Olympia tickets is missing. One could say the event has a World Cup standard.
The OeSV Olympia squad was at a 10 day training camp on the English coast, about three hours by car away from London, after the World Cup in Hyeres, France. The goal is to get to know the revere as well as possible and to gain a locals feeling.
The Tommis were at the training camp in the Olympia revere 2012 for two weeks already. The 49er team was able to relax 6 days at home, before going back to England. Relaxation isn’t the right expression since they had daily training. Since Saturday Zajac/Czajka are back in Weymouth and are training hard on the water. Thomas Zajac speaks about the upcoming event: ”Our goal is to take the starts easier and find back to the Gold fleet, which we barely missed at the last World Cup in Hyeres.”
The team Zajac/Czajka has a new sail and a new trim, even if it’s not about speed in Weymouth. All 16 races will be sailed close to land, right on the beach so to speak. The crew is expecting difficult conditions, rotating winds from all directions. This means that the boats that sail constant top 10 results will be the top 10.
The regatta attends to the young women team Lara Vadlau and Eva-Maria Schimak – like the most in this year – to gain experience in the complex revere. Lara Vadlau: “The training camp in Weymouth was very good. It is a very difficult and complex revere. The training regattas were partly really good, but we must work on a lot of intricacies. I used the short rest period to continue my schooling.”
The Weymouth World Cup starts with the qualifications runs on Monday; each class will sail for the participation in the Medal Race in the Gold Fleet starting June 9th. The teams have 3 days time to qualify for the Gold Fleet in the finals on Thursday and Friday. The fleet will be split into a Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet at the finals. Only the top 10 may sail in the Medal Races at the big finals.
June 6 - 8: Qualification races
June 9 - 10: Final Round (Gold Fleet)
June 11: Medal Race