While the 49er World Championships will be held in New Zealand at the end of the year, Lucien Cujean looks back at the 2019 season, where the team proudly wore the colours of Jiva Hill and Omega. Some great achievements, such as the bronze medal at the Marseille World Cup, and some disappointments, such as the personal confirmation to be selectable by Swiss Olympic for next year’s Games, which has not yet been satisfied. Sébastien and Lucien still have three more chances to do so:
- 49er Worlds 2019 Auckland (NZL, December 2019) personal selection TOP 5
- 49er Worlds 2020 Melbourne (AUS, February 2020) personal selection TOP12
- World Cup Genoa (ITA, 19-26.4.2020) personal selection TOP 12
What did the team lack this year to reach this personal selection quota?
We still have one last race before closing our 2019 season and taking stock. But for the moment, I would say that we have lacked accuracy on our first days of each regattas.
We have built our season on the basis of the following results objectives:
First of all, join the Swiss Sailing Team’s national team, finishing in the European top 10 at the European Championship. Target met!
Then the Olympic selection, where we had to make a top 8 to confirm our potential at the Test Event in Tokyo. We finish eleventh. We have another chance at the Worlds in December in Auckland.
How are things going with your new coach, Jim Maloney?
Our new coach is excellent in his approaches and his vision of the adjustments. His feedback is very useful to us.
A word about your medal in Marseille?
It’s the first medal for the team in 49er, it’s really positive for the future. We see that we can race in the top of the ranking until the end of the regatta.
What is the program for the next months ?
In the short term, we are going to Brest for a good training block with the European teams. Then we will fly to Auckland (NZL) for our winter training and preparation for the world championship.
What is your team spirit ?
The state of mind is good! There is always the motivation and the means to do beautiful things. The most important thing is that there is above all pleasure!
As for the other two sailors wearing Team Tilt’s colours for this campaign to Tokyo:
Maud Jayet has already qualified Switzerland in Laser Radial, and will also have two chances to satisfy her personal selection criteria:
- Laser Radial Worlds Radial Melbourne (AUS, February 2020) personal selection TOP 12.
- World Cup Genoa (ITA, 19-26.4.2020) personal selection TOP 12.
Nils Theuninck has not yet qualified the Finn:
- World Cup Genoa (ITA, 19-26.4.2020) national quota for the European First Nation not qualified and personal selection TOP 12.
- Finn Worlds Palma de Mallorca (ESP, May 2020) personal selection TOP 12.