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Jesper Nielsen to win world championship 2017 PDF Udskriv Email
Skrevet af Søren Winther Hansen   
Lørdag, 20 Maj 2017 17:52

We would like to share some views on why Contender sailors want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg in July 2017. We have asked women, youths, newbies and one of the top-ten candidates in the class… This is the fifth interview (and last) in the top-ten category.

Name: Jesper Nielsen

Age: 30. 7 years in the Contender class

Category: Top-ten candidate

 



Why do you want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg?
Because I want to win! It’s my home turf. I started my sailing career here and have been sailing here ever since. I started in the Optimist, Europe and the 470. After I started sailing the Contender, I never looked back.


Tell us about your preparations?
Being in a physically good shape is quite important, especially as we have free pumping in +10 knots, so I go to the gym 2-3 times a week. Søren tells me that he is pretty sure I am one of the strongest in the fleet, and he never dared having a push-up challenge against me. This year, I will come 100% prepared. We have already had two training sessions with a professional coach. We have also planned a spring training session with the fastest German sailors in Sønderborg. I will race the Dümmer regatta, SailExtreme, Kieler Woche and of cause the Danish Nationals. I usually sail twice a week, mainly on my own, and it’s a good opportunity to really get my maneuvers perfect. Professionally, I work as a sail designer at Elvstrøm sails, so I have of course designed my own sails. It has been a fun process, and I can say that I really know my sails and how to trim them in any condition.

Do you have any goals in terms of results or personal achievements?
My goal is to win. My main advantage is the same as Søren’s, which is that I have no real weak points. I am fast in light, medium and heavy wind. My boat handling is close to perfect, I have good tactical skills, my physical strength is top notch and I know the area.


Are you planning on doing any tourist activities or bringing your family to Sønderborg?

I live here, so no tourist plans ;-)
My mother and father will come and look, as will my girlfriend and daughter naturally.

What do you think will be the most challenging for you racing in Sønderborg?
If the dolphins from last year are there again, they might steal my focus ;-)
Sailing-wise it’s really one of the best places to sail in Northern Europe. In general, it’s always good sailing, the winds are rarely the same two days in a row. It can be shifty, it can be stable, it can be high winds and high waves (the rather famous picture of GER-551 taking off is taken here Sønderborg). So, the best way to prepare, is to be prepared for any condition.


What are your expectations to the social part on shore of the World Championship?

Surely, I will attend the activities, Sønderborg Yacht Club is famous for its social arrangements, so I can guarantee that everybody will have a great time on shore!

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Worlds 2017: Notice of race and entry PDF Udskriv Email
Skrevet af Søren Winther Hansen   
Torsdag, 11 Maj 2017 00:00

Notice of race published and entry is open for worlds 2017.


Danish Nationals (pre-worlds) July 12-14th 2017

Fees:
Early: Entry received no later than June 20th 2017. Fee: 75,00 euro or 500,00 DKK

Late: Entry received on June 21st 2017 or later. Fee: 90,00 euro or 650,00 DKK

 

World championships: July 15-21st 2017

Fees:
Early: Entry received no later than June 20th 2017. Fee: 275,00 euro or 2.000,00 DKK

Late: Entry received on June 21st 2017 or later. Fee: 325,00 euro or 2.375,00 DKK

More on worlds 2017 in the menu "Contender worlds 2017"

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Peter: Why participate at the worlds 2017? PDF Udskriv Email
Skrevet af Søren Winther Hansen   
Tirsdag, 02 Maj 2017 18:30

We would like to share some views on why Contender sailors want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg in July 2017. We have asked women, youth, newbies in the class and some of the top-ten candidates, so stay tuned… This is the forth interview in the category "Youth".

Name: Peter Schafft
Age: 15. 1 year in Contender class
Level: Youth


Why do you want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg?
I want to join because I want to gain experience in big fleets and learn some tricks from other sailors.

Tell about your preparations?
I´m training one to three times a week with my brother and other Contender sailors from my club.

Do you have any goals in terms of results or personal achievements?
I´m looking forward to have some good races in silver fleet and also to become a better sailor after the event.


What are your expectations to the social part on shore of the World Championship?
I think the social part of the event will be great! Just like the Danish Championship last year and all the other events.

 
Frederikke:Why particpate at the worlds 2017? PDF Udskriv Email
Skrevet af Søren Winther Hansen   
Fredag, 07 April 2017 00:00

We would like to share some views on why Contender sailors want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg in July 2017. We have asked women, youth, newbies in the class and some of the top-ten candidates, so stay tuned… This is the third interview in the category " Woman".

Name: Frederikke Mikkelsen
Age 27
4 years in Contender class
Category: Woman


Why do you want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg?
It is a great chance to compete in a big fleet, but more importantly I look forward to spending a week with the other sailors.


Tell about your preparations?
My preparations so far are non-existing, since I had a baby 8 months ago and I haven’t really been on the water for a year. But I plan to start sailing 1-2 times a week from now on and I joined a fitness centre. So hopefully I will have time to get back in shape.


Do you have any goals in terms of results or personal achievements?
There is a couple of Danish sailors that I used to consider my competitors in a race, and for me it would be great if I can still keep up with them after more than a year off the water. To be realistic I will probably be in the back of the fleet, but on the upside there is usually a really nice atmosphere in the back of the fleet.


Are you planning on doing any tourist activities or bringing family to Sønderborg?
I will be bringing my little boy and my parents who have been nice and offered to come along and babysit him. My husband might also come by for a couple of days.


What do you think will be the most challenging for you racing in Sønderborg?
For me the most challenging part will be if the there is a lots of wind, since my physique is lacking at the moment. I also find it a bit scary to navigate around so many Contenders, so for me the starts will be a bit stressful.


What are your expectations to the social part on shore of the World Championship?
I expect the on shore social part to be an important part of the Worlds. In my experience people are really open and helpful and it is a good chance to get some good advice from the more experienced sailors. Since I don’t have high ambitions for the races, I expect to find time to enjoy a cold beer on the harbor in the afternoon.

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Thomas; Newbie at the worlds 2017? PDF Udskriv Email
Skrevet af Søren Winther Hansen   
Lørdag, 25 Marts 2017 18:43

We would like to share some views on why Contender sailors want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg in July 2017. We have asked women, youth, newbies in the class and some of the top-ten candidates, so stay tuned… This is the second interview in the category "Newbies".

Name: Thomas Nørregaard Jensen
Age: 31
1.5 years in Contender class
Level: Newbie

Why do you want to join the World Championship in Sønderborg?
I have only had great experiences with regattas organized by Sønderborg Yacht Club, so I’m sure that the World Championship will be great. Also, I am looking very much forward to compete in a fleet with many boats, which is something I haven’t done since I was an Optimist sailor.


Tell about your preparations?
From end of March I plan to practice 1-2 times per week. In Aarhus there is a fleet of about 8-10 active Contender sailors, and the more experienced sailors have really helped me get started in the class.


Do you have any goals in terms of results or personal achievements?
I will be very happy if I end up in the best ¾ of the fleet, but it is very difficult for me to set a goal since I’m still a newbie who capsizes a lot and breaks way too many tiller extensions!


Are you planning on doing any tourist activities or bringing family to Sønderborg?
My family lives only a few hours drive from Sønderborg, so they will probably come for a day or two, but we don’t have any tourist activities planned. I would love to visit “Dybbøl Mølle” though, which can be seen from the Yacht Club.

What do you think will be the most challenging for you racing in Sønderborg? In strong winds I have problems keeping the mast pointing upwards, so that will be a challenge for me. In close boat-to-boat situations I also expect to be a bit challenged since my boat handling could be better.



What are your expectations to the social part on shore of the World Championship?
I have huge expectations for the social part! I look much forward to meet Contender sailors from all over the world, and combined with great food and beer from Sønderborg Yacht Club, I’m sure the social part will be great
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