Interview with Holger Jess with his thoughts on Freo Worlds
Translated from the German 505 website
Holger, how did you prepare for the World Cup?
eat, eat, eat .... everything that goes in (go in)! But I can not do more than 92/93. Unfortunately. Stress makes you thinner.
You sail with old master Wolfgang Hunger. How many times did you practice before the World Cup in Kiel?
Unfortunately only 2 weekends before the containers were loaded.
That is not much. Who can not train?
No, therefore now early and most intensive training from 21 to 31 December. We want to train with strong opponents. For example with Pete & Luke Payne, who has 106 kilos.
Luke was a grinder at the Americas Cup in Bermuda. The 106 kilos are definitely not just food. What sport (except food) did you do otherwise? Endurance Power?
I go to the Mucki Bude just around the corner as often as possible. Always 2 laps a 20 devices and before half an hour crosstrainer or bike or rowing machine.
Which sails do you have?
BM has built a slightly flatter mainsail for the World Cup in Freo. What's different about the flatter BM mainsail?
Somewhat flatter in the middle and above - but nothing extreme, because it has to fit allround
With such a big one, Quirky and I won the KiWo with best speed in the fleet and in 6 out of 9 races we were first at the Luvtonne.
You sail with GER 8992, the old form. Why not with the new form?
Because the old form has more volume in the foredeck and that sails easier with a lot of wind and wave. In addition, before the World Cup in Gdynia in 2018, my boys and I worked on the hull for a week, working intensively and refining it. The old form was bulging with time. Not any longer longer. We also completely revised the sword. 8992 is a long way from a "normal" boat of the same age
Did you reinforce special things on the boat to prepare for the multi-wind conditions?
Nah, all boats are tough enough
But I have prepared several masts - are just a little different hard. We all sail the test way and choose the hardest.
Goal for the World Cup? Victory?
Sure, of course. We do not go there to tourism. We are hoping for as changeable conditions as we did at the 2002 World Cup. Unfortunately, I did not defend the 2001 title with Woller, but sailed with Tom Swift.
At that time Chris (who later put VESTAS on the reef ...) & Darren Nicolson in front of Krister Bergström (not sailing since 2004) & Thomas Moss (is now Vice President of the 29er Class worldwide).
Sooo - must now to sport. And always plenty of protein shakes, beer and fatty food.
Well then cheers.