Her er sportsjef Rigo de Nijs forventninger i egne ord foran årets første World Cup:
Anders Pedersen in Finn has been spending quite some time now at the waters of Florida, but with a strong focus on the early Europeans 2018 in March in Cadiz. Considering this I think we'll have some spectacular racing which will probably have him end up battling in the medal races on Sunday.
Maria Mollestad and Sebastian Wang Hansen (both RSX) have been approaching this season in a new way, in which technique rather than power has been on the schedule. Though deep in 'fundamentals' training for a late peak in the season, having a good race in the warm conditions will definitely support this process.
In the 49er FX, the Agerup sisters, who still study in the US have almost established a home advantage, so from them I expect big fireworks.
In both Laser and the Radial class, Hermann Tomasgaard and Line Flem Høst will try to shake off some 'hibernative focus' and see what progress is made after a decent winter training block.
With the international olympic racing scene coming together I expect to see some ups and downs in results. The most interesting is however, is to see who has been working at what, and whether our work is showing it's potential. Here we can see how the sailors sail and handle certain skills, not while training but in racing situations this is important feedback in order to adapt or continue the planned track for the second part of the winter season. The results are only a consequence from this work and vary a lot because of a different focus during the winter season.
So keep checking in and Good winds!