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Finn Gold Cup preview with Nicholas Heiner!


Finn sailor, and team Magic Marine member Nicholas Heiner is looking forward to start sailing the World Championship in Hungary from September 4th till September 10th. The event will be held on the tricky lake Balaton. “I’m preparing for a hell of a week. The circumstances can change day by day with huge differences, which makes sailing on the lake a real challenge.”

Heiner who recently won the test event in Aarhus, Denmark is in full preparations for the Gold Cup. A week before the event he arrived at the Spartacus Sailing Club in Balatonföldvár. “I’ve never sailed here before, but I do know the reputation of the lake. Daily there are big differences in wind, pressure and shifts. There is a possibility that although you will have some high scores you can still become the champion in the end. So I’m prepared for some surprises.”

Lake Balaton is the largest lake of Middle Europe, 77 kilometers long, a water surface of 596km2 and a coastline of 200 kilometers. All the sailing takes place in the direct area of Balatonföldvár. Registration, opening ceremony and practice races will be held from September 1st till September 3rd, on the 4th racing will start. “It’s going to be a tough week, mainly mentally.”

ith this in mind Nicholas decided to take some time off in preparation of the event after two intense months of sailing. And what does a sailor do when they have time off? Surfing! “Of course I kept on track with my cardio trainings as well, but I can do this everywhere. It’s good to spent some time away from your boat in preparation to such a big event.”

Heiner is feeling that he is getting to know the boat and the class better and better. Since he officially switched during the summer of 2016 he is learning every single day especially after he started working with a new Spanish coach, Rafael Trujillo, winner of a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. “I’m making a lot of progress right now. Rafa taught me how to divide my energy; it’s a physical battle in this class! Still I have a lot to learn about racing, but also about the boat and the set-ups.”

“I don’t know if it’s realistic to win take the gold medal during the World Championships in Hungary. In Aarhus last month I felt that next year with the World Championships being there I have change!”

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