Christian Ebbin and Magnus Ringsted moving through the gears
Christian Ebbin and Magnus Ringsted have successfully completed a high-performance sailing clinic at the Team Rockwool Racing Academy in Aarhus, Denmark.
The Bermudian pair broadened their sailing horizons in the 29er under the guidance of Denmark SailGP team athletes during the clinic which began on July 22.
“A great four days on and off the water,” crew Ringsted said. “We did it all; fitness, tactics and a lot of practice races.
“The Rockwool coaches were amazing; we definitely learnt a lot.”
Helmsman Ebbin added: “Conditions were good throughout; we had light winds to start and finished in 15 knot winds. Choppy waves; the water is a lot colder than home.”
Team Rockwool Racing is an initiative launched by Rockwool to support the training of the Denmark SailGP athletes as they fly the Danish flag and compete against the world’s best sailors in the global SailGP championship.
The team is an extension of the partnership between the Denmark SailGP team and Rockwool, and is designed to help the team build even stronger foundations and develop their skills through a wide range of activities, including racing on foiling catamarans on the GC32 Racing Tour.
Ebbin and Ringsted took part in the clinic as part of their preparations for the Nordic 29er Open and Junior Championship, also taking place in Aarhus from August 4 to 7.
“The 29er boat set-up is pretty technical so we’re learning to tune it better which will help our consistency,” Ebbin said.
“Now a few days’ rest and then back out for more training ahead of the Nordics.”
The 29er is a sailing skiff derived from the Olympic class 49er and is capable of exceeding the wind speed when planing both up and downwind.
Ebbin and Ringsted began sailing in the double-handed 29er last summer and made their racing debut in the class competing at the International 420/29er Midwinters East Skiff Generation Grand Prix in Miami, Florida, in February.