|Kieler Week |
June 16-24, 2012
Austria's Sailing Aces remain in continuous operation:
While the Olympic team ties up the last loose ends in Weymouth, the substitute bench gathers bonus points in the Kieler Week.
Austria's Olympic boat undertakes another trip and continues to perform well.
Stationed since the beginning of the week in Weymouth, the eight-headed London squad files on the last details under the instruction of OeSV Sports Director Georg Fundak and all division trainers. It is necessary that the Olympic material is fine tuned and five weeks before the start of the game to clock in again some training miles. Besides medal candidates Nico Delle Karth, Niko Resch (49er) and Andreas Geritzer (Laser), Matthias Schmid and Florian Reichstädter (470er Men), Lara Vadlau and Eva Maria Schimak, (470er Women) are also working, as well as Finn-Class sailor Florian Raudaschl with high pressure on the optimization of their form curve.
While the OeSV Olympic Starters made final preparations, their substitutes produced positive headlines in the Kieler Week. The 49er duo Thomas Zajac and Thomas Czajka ended the German World Cup in 4th Place and David Bargehr and Lukas Mähr were convincing in the 470er Class with 6th Place. The Vorarlbergers now steer towards the European Championship in Largs (SCO, June 28). Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl, who landed a good ninth place in Kiel, likewise sat at the sails in the 470er European Championship.
On July 14 the sailors from Weymouth recur. After the preparation and the send off by Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Geritzer and Co. are back on site after a few free days. Nine days later it gets exciting. Florian Raudaschl will complete his first Olympic race in the Finn Class, and on July 30 the start for Geritzer, Delle Karth and Resch takes place. The Olympic Regatta lasts until August 11.
|Georg Fundak: |
"We have a bare-knuckle program to finish and at the same time are not allowed to forget the regenerative phases. I am very happy with the team's attitude - each member is at full steam ahead and the temperature within the team is great. We still have a lot to do and hope for different conditions in order to be prepared for any case possible."
Kieler Week Results:
49er (34 Teams, 12 Races + MR)
1. Tobias Schadewald / Hannes Baumann GER 40
4. Thomas Zajac / Thomas Czajka AUT 66
470er Men (44 Teams, 7 Races + MR)
1. Ferdinand Gerz / Patrick Follmann GER 30
6. David Bargehr / Lukas Mähr AUT 57
9. Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl AUT 63