In the next few weeks we'll present you new portraits of the Magic Marine family, sailor's dilemmas and the latest updates about our qualified sailors. We will also share their favorite Magic Marine items with you! And even though all qualifying options for the members of the Magic Marine family are already behind us, there still are a few milestone events on the agenda before summer starts...
For Nicholas Heiner, sailing in the Finn Class for The Netherlands, the Finn Gold Cup in Porto, Portugal, started last weekend. There is a chance he will compete in the Allianz Regatta in The Netherlands or the World Cup in Japan, that has been postponed to early July, to prepare for the biggest and most prestigious event of his life so far. As it looks now it will be the final Olympic appearance for the Finn Class, which first took part in 1952.
Like the other Dutch athletes, Heiner has been training in Lanzarote last winter. The conditions around this European island are quite similar to the conditions in Japan, which makes it an ideal place to train different set ups and techniques.
After a good winter, Heiner finished 11th at the Europeans in Vilamoura last month. It was a week of extremes with 2 early starts, but also 6 good races and 2 firsts. After a short and sweet time at home to see family and friends, he left for Porto to spend some time on site in preparation for the Gold Cup. Heiner enjoyed the practice races in great conditions and with good speeds and is all fresh and excited!
The Finn Gold Cup in Porto is the very first event since the Gold Cup in Melbourne in 2019, where Heiner took silver, where the entire Finn fleet is on the water again. More than 60 sailors from 33 countries started the event, which traditionally has no medal races but two races each day till the end. Only the Japanese sailors are missing in action.
So far the fleet finished only two races. On the second day of the event the waves were too high to sail out of the marina entrance. Heiner is currently sitting in 16th, so still lots of work to do for him and his dad Roy Heiner, who is Nicholas his coach! The event can be followed on the event website and social media channels.