Qualifying rule

Since people who don’t sail don’t know how the qualifying system works, I thought it would be interesting to explain it.

First, in sailing there can only be one boat per nation for each boat category. It’s not like swimming or skiing where there can be many competitors per nation and per discipline.

Second, there are only a limited number of places available for each boat category, i.e. not all nations can participate.

In Laser Radial, only women compete. There are 37 places available for just as many nations.

The first 19 places were given to the 19 first nations at the ISAF World Championship last September 2014.

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Training Camp in St-Raphaël

I just came back from an intensive 6-day training camp in Saint-Raphaël, France with Nils, a laser sailor who is also in the Swiss Team. If you’ve followed the news this week, you’ve probably heard about the huge inundations in the South and the worst area was exactly where I was. So yes, it’s been a great but very wet week!

Our schedule was the following: get up at 7am to be on the water at 8.30; sail for 2 ½ hours; lunch on our best dish… PASTA; back on the water at 1.30 pm for another 2 hours of sailing. In addition we would go running or swim 2KM.

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Physical Test


Today I went to Zurich at the Schultess Klinik for the usual Swiss Sailing Team physical test. After doing some pull-ups, running and other weird exercises, our great Coach Fabian was able to establish my winter training plan! Lot’s of work ahead of me until my next big regatta in March, can’t wait!!! 🙂

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This is my very FIRST POST on my new blog!
I’ve created it to share with you the amazing journey that I’m about to begin to qualify the nation and myself for the Olympic games at Rio in 2016. The possibility to go to the Olympic games crystallised after I received a mail from Tom, the chief of the Swiss Sailing Team.
Dear Maud….
We are evaluating our potential qualifiers for Rio 2016 and you are one of them…. you delivered a great performance at three major junior championships in 2014… In Rio we experienced mostly light to medium winds of 8-14 knots, but shifty/gusty without much waves (swiss lake winds) on the inside racing areas – these are conditions where you perform well… exceptional rule for Olympic newcomers: It`s once in a lifetime chance to participate at Olympic Games in an early stage of a sporting career such as yours….

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