Back to good old Palma!

After a bit of relaxing at home, we travelled to Palma for a little training camp. Luck was not on our side during the journey, with two trailer incidents on the road, the latter being completely destructive for the trailer…

The value of a large supportive team occurred to us when we got rescued by Ad van den Oever, who brought us a spare Box trailer somewhere near Paris in just 10 hours from breaking the axis of a wheel!

Ad was really our hero of the week, allowing us to continue our journey to Palma with just one day delay!!

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In Palma we finally reunited with the boys, after a whole winter of training on different locations around the world. What’s better than teambuilding around your own fireplace at home!!

Team back together!!:-)
Team back together!!:-)

And once again, we managed to get fantastic accomodation, including some oversized pets!!

Our backyard..
Our backyard..

Of course a lot of work had to be done to improve ourselves on the water. The weather was not really in our favor, same outside temperature as at home, but we managed to kick in some good hours again and definitely had a lot of fun too!!

Special thanks to Magic Marine for our new winter clothing (Ace Fullsuit) that we really needed these past weeks! Check their new website for the latest collection and team news! www.magicmarine.com

Hard work on the water with team Ireland Saskia and Andrea, our own Dutchie boys Lars and Floris, and our new training partners from team Spain, Tamara and Berta!!
Hard work on the water with team Ireland Saskia and Andrea, our own Dutchie boys Lars and Floris, and our new training partners from team Spain, Tamara and Berta!!

The team had a big surprise for Nina on her birthday, getting a Frozen cake and baby Champaign… The real deal has to be earned!!;-) We also had a lovely dinner with all Dutchies (and semi-Dutchies, Nicole and Thijs from Aruba) and of course sushi had to be included for a proper birthday!

We are currently doing a lot of testing for Rake Rigging Medemblik and the rope brand Lancelin we started with some custom designed spinaker sheet, soon followed up by a customized main and jib sheet. So far the specifics of the sheet have improved a lot and are getting closer and closer to the ideal! It´s exciting to be part of this technical development and help bring the FX equipment to a higher level!!

After two weeks training we went home for some rest and physical development. Nina found a new supporter to our team, Fitness365 for physical training in her home town. The fascilitaties are top-level and so is the training support! Thank you Fitness365 for becoming part of our RoadtoRio!!

New supporter of our team; Fitness365!!
New supporter of our team; Fitness365!!

Next week we are up for the Arenal Training Camp regatta as a preparation for the Princess Sofia Eurocup at the end of March.

Stay tuned!

Miami Recap; What a week!!

“You never know your limits unless you push yourself to them”

What a week!

We don’t know where to start! So much happend the last 2 weeks. Let’s start where we ended the last blog, the new boat!

In third position during the World Cup!
In third position during the World Cup!

Rafiki is the name of our new battle ship! After a lot of names passing through our heads this one popped out and fitted best with the situation. Rafiki is the wise monkey from the Lion King, he always gave the best advice to Simba to run the kingdom, with his famous quote; “Yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see It, you can either run from it our learn from it”. Rafiki also means “friend” in Swahili, and it is our new best buddy now! :-)

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After some intense days of boatwork to get Rafiki on the water, with a big big hand from our super coach Frankie, it was time to get Rafiki some champagne! 😉 But who do we ask?? Well, that was not a hard question for us, they were standing right next to us in the boatpark! The two World Champions of 2013 and 2014, Miss Molly Meech (NZL) and Miss Kahena Kunze (BRA). Luckely they said yes and christened our new boat, so guess who’s gonna be the World Champion in 2015 😉

Boat Christening in action!!
Boat Christening in action!!

Then the week started where we had one of the big red crosses in our agenda’s.  Miami OCR started with a bang! We woke up and it was grey and rainy, it felt like home! The race comittee sent us on the water and the wind kicked in! 25 knots and some nasty waves (because we were sailing in the shallow water) made it quite tricky! We did a sail up- and down wind before the start and managed to keep everything in one piece. We made it to the start line and we sailed the race with one line in our heads, “don’t leave the ship!” And we did! Only 8 boats finished, which made the first day a keeper!

It was a week with all kinds of winds and that maked the regatta quite allround. We survided well but also still made some stupid mistakes! With a 9th place overall we where quite happy but we know we can do better than that! For our trials we are doing well but it isn’t over yet. Palma we will be there again and we will be on top of our game so we can finish it in style! :-)

Happy with our new best friend!
Happy with our new best friend!

Our whole circus is packed in the container again and off to Europe! I think we never packed a container that quickly, it took us 35 min and the rib and FX were in and tied down! Thanks Magic Max for the extra help that early in the morning, it was a good teamwork! 

Now we have some days at home to have a short break to catch up with friends and family before we leave for Palma. Time to build up our camp there and get back in the boat!

Container packed in 35 min!
Container packed in 35 min!

We want to thank two persons who helped us big time in Miami, Bill and Jo Mauk! They let us stay in their beautiful house and made us feel at home! They are the best and we wish Bill all the luck in his Lightning to qualify for the Panama Games!

A little sail with one of our best supporters Bill Mauk after the Medal Race!:-)
A little sail with one of our best supporters Bill Mauk after the Medal Race!:-)
Also we want to thank all the people that supported us during the week! We feel very blessed that so many people cheer for us and wish us all the best! After all the setbacks we had, that is a really good feeling! Thank you for that! :-)

 

Miami time!!

Happy new year everybody!

We had a lovely couple of days off during Christmas and New Year’s celebration, and are now back up to full speed!

We started off the new year at our YC Braassemermeer New Year’s Drink where we had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our fellow club members and to thank everyone who helped us during the last year. It’s so great to hear how well everyone has done and in particular we are very proud of our club’s victory in the Dutch Team Racing Championships!! Lees verder Miami time!!