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Michael Hestbæk is coaching Ulrikkeholm and Bastiansen

He has been there himself. On top of the podium. Now the two X-35 crews of German Torsten Bastiansen and Morten Ulrikkeholm are trying to benefit from Michael Hestbæks experience.

He has been there himself. On top of the podiums. Now the two X-35 crews of German Torsten Bastiansen and Morten Ulrikkeholm are trying to benefit from Michael Hestbæks experience.

The former OG- and AC-sailor Michael Hestbæk is also a former European Champion in X-35 so he knows what it takes to get to the top. Especially in the X-35 where he’s never lost. He’s participated in two Nordic Championships (‘07 + ’08) and one European Championship (’08) and won them all.

The communication on board is important

So what can he add to the teams?

- I can contribute with my experiences especially when it comes to the communication on board. Both teams have made fine racing results and they have a good sense of where they are able to change things. One of the most difficult things on board a racing yacht is to know how to change gear. The skipper is at the helm in the back of the boat, and he feels the boat. But instructing his crew ahead of him in the right words is difficult and the internal communication on board is one of the things I can help the teams to improve, says Michael Hestbæk.

No 1 at the Worlds in Aarhus

At the X-35 EC in June this year Bastiansen and his “Team Xen” took silver while Ulrikkeholm and “Team Oxygen” took a promising third. Both powered by our EPEX sails. At the Worlds in August in Aarhus they both want to make it to the top of the podium.

During this winter and early spring Michael Hestbæk is aiming to sharpen the two teams. And to both teams the choice of Michael Hestbæk seems to be a perfect match. Especially to Morten Ulrikkeholm it was crusial that the new coach knew the class, so that an introduction to the boat wasn’t necessary.

- We know the basics on our X-35 but we would like to refine some of the manoeuvres, fx gybing in light winds or our boathandling in rough weather, says Morten Ulrikkeholm.

Finish at Big Boat Challenge

The partnership with Michael Hestbæk is set to last for six days with an option of two more, and the partnership is agreed to finish at the Big Boat Challenge in Kerteminde where Michael Hestbæk will be sailing on board Morten Ulrikkeholms boat.