Our October program consists of Eat-Train-Sleep-Repeat. Oh yes and a little bit of campaign logistics when internet connection allows! We have landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the location for the World Championships of 2016 (16-21 November). We decided to come early to get maximum preparation in the local conditions and to make sure our race boat arrived safely after the long trip in the seacontainer from Europe. We are staying in Argentina’s national sports complex (much like Papendal in the Netherlands) together with our training partners from USA and Argentina. A very efficient setting in a great sports atmosphere!
The weather conditions are a bit up and down, but the temperature is surely better than at home. We are having good wind every day and are fighting intense battles with the Yankees and the locals on the training course.
Last weekend we participated in the Semana de Buenos Aires Regatta. With both a strong-, a medium-, and a light-wind day, it was a very allround regatta. Unfortunately our good races in the heavy wind could not get us far enough ahead of light-wind-experts Argentina in order to beat them in the Overall Results, so we took home the Silver Medal.
We had a cool achievement this weekend though, it was our first time that we were able to sail the whole fleet out of the time limit!! (There is a 10 min finish window after the first boat finishes a race). So thats off the Bucket List, haha!
We are staying one more week in Argentina for training. After that we head home to get some rest and travel fully recharged back to Argentina in the beginning of November to compete at the World Championships. Thanks to Hamapo BV we were able to book our flight tickets to Argentina! Huge thanks Koen and Bert!