B+B News Apr.14 English


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E-News April 2014


Nat-Mati-Hyere-290pixSince our last e-news from Christmas, a lot of water has flowed under our hulls! ...
We have again started our racing season, and have now just returned from the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres, France. With varying conditions, we showed our potential and finished 8th of 78 Nacra boats and also 6th nation from 25 nations.
Our goal in 2014 is totally focused upon the ISAF World Championships in September being held in Santander. At this event 50% of the country quota places for the Rio 2016 Games will be assigned!
We continue to attack our project with complete focus and we are pleased to count on your support for the continuation of our Olympic challenge. A big thank you in advance, all the best for this season on and off the water, and enjoy reading our adventures of these recent months!
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January-February: After our training in Santander ESP between October and December, we migrated south to Agadir, Morocco where the conditions were a bit warmer! The French Nacra team invited us to join them for a high-level training camp; so along with 2 Dutch teams and our Spanish training partners Iker Martinez and Tara Pachecho (Olympic Gold medalist in 2004, and 470 World Champion respectively) we were able to spend two blocks of 2 weeks for morning physical preparations, and afternoons sailing training. It was an intense period but with remarkable progress!
We have some great memories from our training with beautiful images of flying Nacra catamarans in strong winds and waves of 4 meters!
Photo © Sebbe Godefroid SST


March: This marked the first big event of the 2014 season, and while we entered from an intensive training period, the lack of racing in big fleets between September and March caught us out feeling slightly underprepared. However despite some troubles to get out of the starting blocks well, we were able to idendtify some techincal areas to further develop, and we were still rewarded with a 12th out of 74 entries.
Some pictures of us during a spectacular capsize in 28 knts after we were hampered by a Press Boat have also done many laps around the world...

montage-chavirage-cosmic-paWhile certainly helping our media following, this World Cup also encouraged a change in a number of key factors in our preparation which allowed us to come back stronger at the next World Cup leg in Hyeres.



April: After some days of training we started the race week well in east winds of between 9 and 15 knts. The conditions were perfect for Nacra 17 sailing and our team was able to show some great consistency managing to record all of our qualificaiton races inside the top 10 including a race win (3, 2, 10, 1, 7, 2)! This qualification round placed us in good stead for the finals stage round with an intermedary ranking of 3rd. However during the finals some key mistakes cost us the opportunity of an overall podium finish with an incident with another boat while in the top5, and an over the start early penalty (BFD) where we managed to finish 2nd. (21, 5 , 4, 8, BFD, 21, 7, 7).
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Image © Frank Socha SWC

Overall we placed 8th which not only re-confirms our status in the Level-A national team of the Swiss Sailing Federation until 2015 ... but more importantly validates our place in the top 10 worldwide with podiums in the near future!



«I believe in you» is the first crowdfunding platform that specializes entirely on funding Swiss sports projects.
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We have created a project  « On board with us for the Rio2016 Olympic Games » to assist us in securing the funding needed for the second part of our new boat for the Olympic qualifications!
Please Help us reach our goal of 12,500 CHF! Every Franc counts, and in return for each donation you will receive a precious gift linked to our Olympic Project!
Our Nacra 17 sails which earnt us 3rd place in the 2013 World Championships have now been retired – and in return for your support have been transformed into fashionable bags and wallets! Thank you for your help!



In the recent winter months we have also been able to welcome several new partners who have joined our team working towards the 2016 Olympics :
Thank you to Teamwork, H20 Sensations, Team Tilt Sailing, Groupe-E et Zhik

Image © Sebbe Godefroid SST 


... To all our loyal partners, without whom nothing would have been possible for our challenge :
Teamwork / Gstaad YC / WPMC / Team TILT / H20 Sensation / SwissSailingTeam / Loterie Romande Sport / Sport Help / Weru AG / Group I / Kaenon / SUI46 16 Sailing solutions / Zhik / CVEstavayer
However, we are still looking for a main gold-level partnership to secure our 2014 season and to be able to work professionally and full time until 2016 to give us the best chances of an Olympic medal ... there is plenty of visibility on offer on our sails, online, our clothing and our 2 catamaran hulls !

Share the emotions of our challenge at our  www.buhlerbrugger2016.ch
website  and through our project Facebook page

Fair Winds and Best Regards , your Team B & B, Mati and Nat

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