Squadron Development Program member Nick Rozenauers recently competed in the Hobie16 European Open Championship in the seaside town of Noordwijk in the Netherlands.
Nick recalls his experience:
“We were racing on the North Sea and experienced a range of conditions from virtually no wind with strong current, to large waves and gusty squalls.
I sailed for Danish skipper Nicklas Heide, whom I had met in 2015 when he worked as a coach at the Squadron. I immersed myself into the Danish way of life - they are known to like doing things on the cheap - and so I stayed in a tent with seven other Danish sailors! These included the Bjornson brothers who skippered and trimmed the Danish entry at the Youth Americas Cup.
Drawing on Nicklas' experience, we got in the groove quickly and focused on performing the fundamentals efficiently. We placed well in the pre-Regatta event coming 6th. Continuing our fine form into the European Championship, we were able to qualify for Gold fleet comfortably. However on the first day of Gold fleet racing we had a set-back: we were unfortunate enough to have one black flag and a bad head knock resulting in a mild concussion (which we only found out later at the beginning of the 2nd race) after I clipped a big wave and fell off the wire. Nevertheless we continued to improve and climbed back through the rankings finishing up 20th out of 110 boats.”
Congratulations to Nick and skipper Nicklas on their result in such a large and competitive fleet!
by Angus Olding