WC1 and Europe Qualifier
Poznan is a great venue, that has been improved year after year, and their organizers are comitted, but one must say the odds of having rough weather in the course in this time of the year are pretty high, and unfortunately that marked the European Qualifier more than anything else.
The weather did not help and the show was not great, hard for those that missed out, but hard for those that qualified as well, that had to deal with horrible conditions. Too easy to blame the conditions but that cannot take the merit away of those that managed to get their quotas.
For us a long week of work trying to ease out the pressure of the athletes and coaches during periods of so much stress, and doing what we do better making their boats feel right and fast!
After the last qualification race is finished, we can say 75% of the boats that qualifies for London 2012 were Nelo’s.
The World Cup was another story, conditions were really good, with a solid headwind but still pretty fair conditions.
One can feel the Olympics are around the corner with tough racing all over, specially when many teams using the World Cups as part of their selection.
Some small notes on the racing and how the “Nelo’s” did on the weekend:
1. K1 1000 – Rene Poulsen DEN took the win over a strong field with Eirik Larsen 2nd and Adam Van Koeverden in 3rd, full podium on one of the most expected races of the weekend.
2. K2 1000 – Even missing out on the Gold (Germany) the Iberians Spain and Portugal took the rest of the podium spots, on a friendly competition that will have more interesting battles in the future.
3. K4 1000 – Czech produced one of the surprises of the weekend beating Germany in the last 5 meters to claim Gold with Denmark in 3rd.
4. C1 1000 – Mark Oldershaw started his season as he finished it: winning! Solid and confident performance.
5. K4 W 500 – On a race won by Germany, Russia and Portugal closed the podium, on a race where it is expected to have 8 Nelo’s in the 10 boats that will compete in London.
6. K1 200 – Ed Mckeever won again in Poznan for the 3rd year in a row! Beating to the line 2 new players in the K1 200 Saul Craviotto from Spain and Maxim Molochkov from Russia, making 3 out of 3 for Nelo.
7. K2 200 – France produced one more impressive performance, with double World Champions coming back on the field after a bad start, just to beat Great Britain and the surprisingly fast Canadians!
8. K1 W 200 – Marta Walczykiewicz from Poland confirmed her status as one of the strongest contenders for Gold in London, putting out a solid performance to claim Gold.
9. In total 7 of 12 golds, with 21 in total, more than double of the second boat builder, still expecting better for London but already an improvement from 2008.
Now off to Duisburg to the second leg of the World Cup setting up today and starting service from tomorrow morning.