Our Road to Rio continues… without the Federation

We have to say, it’s not really hard for us to write new blogs, because our “road” is so bumpy we always have a new story!

And yes, this time we have some stories again! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this new blog! :-)

“The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow”


In the preparation before Palma we went out in some good breeze and ended up with some good swimming skills πŸ˜‰ One crash was a little too much for Claire as she was in a battle with the mast, the mast won….. hmmmm. Not a good timing we figured out. But there was no way back! We had to sail Palma as it was our second and final trial regatta. So we took a dozen of pain killers with us and just pretended everything was ok! We didn’t want to show the competition that we had a slight issue πŸ˜‰ Nina and Frankie were running around and Claire was hiding in the trailer with her bag of ice. They must have thought in the restaurant that Claire was a polar bear, so much ice they provided us, thanks for that! :-)

After Palma we gave it some rest and decided that we could sail the World Cup in Hyeres! Well conclusion, we could sail it but it was not pain free again for Claire…

Back home we had a lot of talks with doctors and fysio.. The MRI gave us a better look on the situation and there was a rip in the Meniscus off the knee. No time to waste and the risk was too high to do no surgery, so Claire had to take a little nap for 2 hours to get her knee fixed again, yes we’re getting a bit older too πŸ˜‰ It went all good and the recovery is already in progress!


In the mean time Nina wasn’t sitting still!! She went out training with…. Frankie!!!! They went out at our home lake the Braassemermeer and had some good quality time! And Frankie loves the Dutch weather! hahaha!! We also want to thank Charlotte and Josca for helping us out a couple of days for jumping in the boat with Nina when Frankie was back home trying to get his vitamin D back up! πŸ˜‰

Frankie and Nina on the Braassem, swimming lessons included!!

Lucky for us the Delta Lloyd regatta just announced that the FX was open to enter “Mixed teams”, so Nina is sailing the Delta Lloyd regatta with Frankie!

“There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers and then there will be us proving them wrong”

After winning the trials we sat down with the Federation to figure out if we can work together again. It was a meeting where we didn’t get any answers, we will know more after the World Cup Hyeres they said.

The Federation has some money issues and they invited the big bosses of the NOC*NSF (National Sports Associations) to Hyeres to see if they could get more money…

To make a long story short, we sat down after Hyeres and the Federation is not willing to take us back and work with us towards winning a medal… We actually realized we never had a positive conversation with them since September 2014! They always throw some roadblocks on our road.. But hey! We are getting better and better in finding new roads!

Happy team in Hyeres.. a few setbacks only make the team stronger!!
Happy team in Hyeres.. a few setbacks only make the team stronger!!

The Kernploeg will continue with 7 programs (only FX is out) We almost start thinking it is something personal πŸ˜‰ We have to give the boat and sails back after the Delta Lloyd regatta.. So we’re getting even less than before winning the Olympic trials..

We are now busy finding a way to keep our campaign going! Magic Marine is still supporting us but can’t go all the way, they invested already a massive part in us for winning the trials and we are really grateful for that! So we are now on a new mission to find money to get us to Rio! We are sure we are gonna make it happen, it only takes Β more time and effort!

And there is the people who always support us no matter what, we want to thank you so much! It feels so good to have people behind us willing to help us achieve our goal!! :-)

Keep an eye on our blog because we are gonna make some great plans and definitely want to involve our fans into it!!! :-)

The Delta Lloyd regatta will start on the 26 till 30th in Medemblik, feel free to come over and support us! :-)



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