Sébastien and Lucien are preparing the 49er European Championships, that will be held in Weymouth from 13 to 18 May. Seventh last year in Poland, the team wants to confirm this good result!
“Our objective is clearly a TOP 10. But we have above all targeted work objectives: to remain very rigorous in the pre-start, warm-up, line marks…”, explains Lucien. A new coach joined them: Jim Maloney, one of the world’s best in this class. “He has a very technical eye on the way we sail the boat, but above all he brings us serenity, kindness and joy in this project. »
They get along well with the new kiwi coach, who is bringing positiveness to the team after a difficult start to the season. “We were a little bit struggling at the beginning of the year. In Palma, without qualifying for the Gold Fleet, we didn’t manage to stay motivated. It was mentally tough, and disappointing for us. We were able to react and attack the World Cup in Genoa, where a black flag removes a race where we finishes 2nd, and pushes us aways from the Medal Race. But it shows that we are on the right track. We have to keep working and be patient, it will pay off! »
After a five-day break in Switzerland at the end of April, the sailors flew to Weymouth on Thursday, May 2. “We have done a lot of work since Miami, these few days off were good! It’s just in time: we’ve been sailing better lately, but the results are hard to come back. We are now back in Weymouth fresh and motivated! »
Hosting the 49er, FX and Nacra 17 Europeans, the 2012 Olympic waters should offer good conditions to the sailors. “It is a fairly varied race course, but apparently rather windy. Our objective is to satisfy the criteria to join the Swiss Sailing Team’s national team, a TOP 10. That would be one less thing to worry about, so we could then focus fully on Tokyo! »
This month is also the European Finn Championships for Nils Theuninck, in Athens from May 10 to 18, and the Laser Radial Championships, in Porto, from May 18 to 25. Congratulations to Maud Jayet (Laser Radial), who won the bronze medal at the World Cup in Genoa (https://wcsgenova.com) in April, proudly wearing the Team Tilt colours!
Follow the Olympic results on the Swiss Sailing Team website: http://www.swiss-sailing-team.ch