sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Interview with Tornado World Champion Nahid Gaebler

Interview with Tornado World Champion Nahid Gaebler

'Nahid Gaebler'    Team Gaebler    Click Here to view large photo

Tornado Class Secretary Andrew Dowley interviews the first female Tornado World Champion Nahid Gaebler. Marked as the greatest sporting experience of her life he gets her views on Tornado sailing and the upcoming Olympic Multihull decision.

Nahid, thank you for taking the time to sit down with me.

You are a big promoter for women sailing in Multihulls, how has the reaction been so far from other women sailors since the last ISAF meeting?

Nahid Gaebler -  Team Gaebler  
I have had great response and feedback from mixed teams and I see many women who want to follow our way, especially now when a mixed multihull could become an Olympic discipline. Already we have many women in Multihull Sailing, and they enjoy the flights with these fast boats.

I have also spent time talking with women from Laser, Surfing, 470 and youth classes. If the mixed or open multihull gets back to the Olympics, many mixed teams will start a campaign, now when different genders will get the unique possibility to sail together and not always sail apart.

So a new era in Olympic Sports will start soon?

Yes and the spectators, media and sponsors will love it. With the new Speedsailing Events and our new Sailing Arenas we get even closer to the crowds. They want to see women in sailing and not a solo men’s sport. The young girls and boys, they love the modern style we sail and they stay at the promenade and watch our action.

They all have the dream to sail and fly with Multihulls and realise an Olympic Dream. We will motivate them to start sailing on a Multihull.

If things stay how they are currently it looks like we will have a Mixed Multihull back in the Olympics. You currently have many mixed teams in the Tornado ranking. How do you feel about that?

Yes, 20% of the top 10 are mixed teams, in the German ranking its 40% and most women are crewing. No one can tell me it’s too hard for a women to crew in a Tornado, I hate this discussion. The women love to sail a real F1 boat like a Tornado for the Olympics. Why should the women, who sail on top level have a handicap, just because some think in the old fashion way of women. Elvström sailed with his daughter in the Olympic in 1984, which was a big sensation back then.

The average young person has become taller and heavier since then, and the women dare to fight for their opinion and dreams.

Nahid Gaebler -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo

What do you think about mixed sailing in the Olympics?

I think it can color up our sport a lot. To have mixed sailing within the Olympics can be a real attraction to promote our sport. Multihull Sailing can be the Formula 1 of the summer Olympics and get the youth, spectators, media and sponsors that Olympic sailing needs.

I still believe that having an open discipline would be better, because many male teams still want to sail together and to get as many countries to sail Olympic Multihull as possible. The funny thing is, the ISAF in 2008 on the Olympic Games website called the Tornado 'Mixed', which meant it was the open discipline, where men and women can sail in the same class in the position, they choose to fit them best.

Nahid Gaebler -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo

I think this is the best, because I do not think that a woman has any problems competing with the male teams, we all saw that in Travemunde last year at the Tornado World Championships. Sailing is not only a question of muscles and weight; it is mainly a mind sport. Otherwise would we as 'oldies' and too heavy not have a chance against the young teams.

Some men say it is too hard for a woman to sheet a Tornado Gennacker and Mainsheet, what do you think of that?
Sorry, I totally disagree this is completely wrong. We are talking about Olympic sports and real women Athletes and not just leisure sailing. I work two to three times a week weight training for my arms and upper body, we train three to four days a week on the water. All this give my muscles enough power to handle the sheets for six or more races a day in all conditions. Women like to have the same sporting challenges as men.

Have you made any technical changes in the boat?

Yes, we have made some changes such as bigger sheaves in the boom and double automatic ratchet blocks at the gennacker. I can sheet the sails with one hand at 25knots, with the new sheets and blocks sheeting is much easier. The technique we use is advanced and very simple to control. We innovate the equipment the way it works easily in all wind conditions.

For the past two years you have been sailing together with your husband Roland. How does it change your life?

It changes our life completely. My dream suddenly came true, after being coach for the best Tornado teams in the world from 2004 to 2008 not only are we winning many races, but we also enjoy the friendship with all our friends, with whom we spar against and sail test with. It's the speed of the Tornado and the adrenaline with the artistic sailing in the trapeze, which give us the great enjoyment. Since we have been sailing together we have triple our media value and sponsor budget. The media and sponsors love mixed sailing, we are getting connected to a larger group of fans.

What do you say to other women who want to start Multihull sailing?

Just come and make a test sail. The multihull is easy to helm and crew. You fly the hulls from three knots on and you'll really enjoy the ride above the waves. The Tornado is very well balanced in all wind conditions, the double trapeze gives the adrenaline you need in your life. For me it’s a great sport and I will invite the women sailors to sail with us any time. You get on my Facebook site and ask for the ultimate sailing experience on a Tornado. Do not be too shy and come to us, it’s the perfect boat for women sailing. We already sail with girls and boys from the Optimist class on a Tornado. Once they have done it, they have the dream to sail such a boat.

Team Gaebler -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo


ISAF plans an Evaluation for the Olympic Multihull. What do you think about this?

Yes, it’s okay but why do we need this? All of the top Multihull sailors know that Tornado is the best proven formula and is a worldwide well-known brand for Olympic Sailing. The boat has the best quality and the media love the action the Tornado delivers. Why should the ISAF want to risk this with a new boat? If we make an ISAF Evaluation event, it should be a real one.

The best boat should win but it should be an Evaluation Trial on the water and not made on paper. Real Olympic Athletes should test the boat and decide what materials they want to have in the future. For me, there is no other way to choose a 20 Foot Multihull like the Tornado. Only this brings the action in the Olympic Arena and allows sailing in all conditions with races starting on time, what the media want.

What do you think about the new designs in Multihull?

I think a light boat with slim hulls is the only way. But much more important is the quality for the tough Olympic racing. If the ISAF and IOC do not want to have any surprises or material disasters, they should go straight to Tornado, this class is made for the Olympics. The Tornado Design still wins all open Multihull races. The boat is extremely fast in all wind and wave conditions.

Many Sailors and MNAs think the Tornado is too expensive?

This is completely wrong, they should look on the balance of what a four year Olympic campaign costs and not at the single price of a boat. And in this case, no other boat can beat a high quality one design Tornado. The fact the Hagara/Steinacher used the same boat for three Olympic games shows how good the boats are. We won the Tornado Worlds with three year old jib and gennacker and a six year old carbon mast. Even with older boats the Tornado has a very good resale value.

Nahid Gaebler -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo


ISAF believe many nations cannot afford high technical sailing?

I understand, what they say but I really do think, they should look to the campaign cost and not at the single price of a boat. That way, Tornado sailing is very cheap. The Tornado Class will try to supply boats for free for sailors from emerging countries. We just need the contacts and the class gets a boat and a sponsor for them. But in the same way, the ISAF restrict us with only 16-17 spots at the Olympics. It is very hard to motivate sailors from emerging countries, if there is only limited entries at the Olympics. It would be better if we would talk about this question first and then invite more nations. The things are not as simple as they look.

I believe that this year you will also compete in new race formats?

Yes, we have a very creative group of sailors who have already invented a lot of new events. This year we will make another big step forward to make sailing a primetime spectator and media sport. We open new Sailing Arenas around the world and present the new style of Tornado Speedsailing. We expect to get a new record in media value and in numbers of spectators. These Speedsailing Races are a win-win situation for all participants and our sponsors are very happy. This way we re-finance our sport and yes, we can live from it. We are professionals.

Nahid Gaebler -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo


When you are not hanging off the trapeze what do you do?

I am a teacher for Economics at the Int. Business School IBC in southern Denmark. Besides that I train horses and enjoy biking. We live in the country side and this gives me a lot of different activities.

What are your ambitions for the future?

We want to go to the Olympics in 2016 as a mixed team on a Tornado. Already we have found good sponsors who will support our campaign. We follow our dreams we sail and fly with our Tornado into a great future.

Nahid, it's been great chatting to you. Thank you very much for the interview and good luck in your races this year.

Team Gaebler website




by Andrew Dowley

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83133

8:19 PM Tue 3 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

In a Regatta Memorandum issued to the teams today, Commercial Commissioner Schiller confirmed two America’s Cup World Series events have already met the hosting criteria and had been scheduled to be raced in 2015 by the America’s Cup Event Authority. Schiller says that he also expects at least one additional team will be joining as a late entry. ... [more]  

The first day of the 100th Lipton Cup felt every bit the phrase 'calm before the storm.' The shifting winds were light, but proved to be a heavy challenge to the 12 J/105s racing on San Diego Bay. Jon Pinckney and his crew from Newport Harbor Yacht Club were up for the task, finishing the day with a total of 10 points in order to secure the day's first place overall position. ... [more]  

The 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by Community Sailing Center Galveston, got underway Thursday on Offats Bayou following two days of development racing in Sonars. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet turns to avoid Ice and heads for Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race have all turned and are heading for the finish line in Cape Town which is about four days 10hrs distant as of the 1840hrs UTC sked on October 31. The lead four boats , Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas and Dongfeng are all covered by a very small distance indeed, ... [more]  

Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ... [more]  

'You know they’re around, because you can smell the stale water, and feel the temperature drop – especially at night, or when it’s foggy,' explains Justin Slattery on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. He’s talking about icebergs. Massive chunks of thick, jagged frozen force. Floating fast, recklessly and aimlessly in the ocean. ... [more]  

The Volvo Ocean race On Board Reporters update from the Southern Ocean on Leg 1, Day 19: Like flipping a light switch. Off to on in so much as an instant, the anticipated westerlies of the South Atlantic have finally arrived—28 knots now—and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly life onboard can change. Includes the latest videos from onboard - raw and uncut :-) ... [more]  

With just 48 hours days to go until the start of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, it only takes a few minutes with Yann Guichard to see the extent of his determination. The incredible attention to detail in the preparations by Spindrift 2 speaks volumes about the work accomplished by the team since the single-handed race was inserted into Spindrift racing’s programme almost a year ago. ... [more]  

Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built? by Nandor Fa himself. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica's OBR Amory Ross reports on the crew's progress as they continue to head south in the Volvo Ocean Race. The last week of sailing has been full of tactical decisions as the team decide when to head south and when to turn east towards Cape Town. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA OBR Corinna Halloran reports on day 20 for the crew. Wow; A bit of a monumental day—both literally and figuratively. Three weeks ago it was the eve of the start my friends took me for one last ice cream and I couldn’t figure out if I was nervous or not nervous. ... [more]  

Talent, passion, ability, success. All qualities that spring to mind with regard to Luke Patience, the 28 year old 470 Class silver medallist from London 2012. SSL is delighted to announce that Luke has now accepted the Star Sailors League invitation to participate in our 2014 Finals, becoming the second UK special guest star, alongside newly-crowned Finn World Champion Giles Scott. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Like in the old English tale of Robin Hood, it’s a case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That is what we have been seeing over the last few days. More wind just behind the leaders has allowed the middle, poorer pack to catch the rich leaders. ... [more]  

American Windsurfing Tour Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Today we have all been treated to an incredible spectacle of windsurfing, on the second day of competition at the AWT pro bracket of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. ... [more]  

The International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) annual general meeting next Tuesday (Nov 4) is likely to debate measures put forward by the Polish Kiteboarding Association (PKA) that would effectively outlaw ram-air kites from the beginning of next year. ... [more]  

Today was the top performance day of the 2014 Chris Benz Lüderitz World Record Chase with 50+Knots performances recorded, as well as many PBs and four country records falling. Strong 25-35 knot winds were forecast for today and this proved true, however, the angle of the wind only allowed for optimal performances towards the end of the day’s racing. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Still tight at front as Roaring Forties beckon *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
According to the routing function of Predictwind, the three boats are covered by just 10 miles in terms of distance to be sailed to the finish on their optimum course, more telling is that on the same basis just seven minutes would cover the first and third boats to finish. Sail-World interviewed Team Vestas skipper, Chris Nicholson this morning - he comments in this report. ... [more]  

The Aloha Classic is the longest existing windsurfing wave event (together with Sylt in Germany). 2014 marks 30 years since the very first event and the 25th edition of the Aloha Classic. Let me rewind back to when I was a young journalist, following the evolution of windsurfing, back then windsurfing was called ‘the fastest growing sport’… ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads south by Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
OBR Amory Ross reports on Team Alvimedica’s progress in the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s wild that after six days of sailing down the coast of South America we finally found ourselves pointed directly at Cape Town (going 16 knots) but all the routing indicates we’re not far enough to the south so down we go! ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA coach Brad Jackson gives his thoughts on Leg 1. 'We very much understand what the girls are trying to do and who they are competing against and if they do things well they are right up there in the mix. ... [more]  

Little Traverse Yacht Club (Harbor Springs, Michigan) won the Yacht Club Challenge in the 106th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. ... [more]  

Want to see 40 great sailing champions in action in stunning Nassau in the Bahamas? The Star Sailors League, an emerging international circuit, is offering the chance to win a four-day holiday for two people with accommodation at the luxury Atlantis resort and water park. ... [more]  

Bidding is now open in the auction to join the Volvo Ocean Race as a part of Team Alvimedica and support heart charities around the world! Team Alvimedica supporters have the unique chance to bid on two experiences that will take place at each stopover throughout the race. ... [more]  

The seventh edition of the St Barth Cata Cup is set to be thrilling. Sixty teams will go head to head aboard the last generation of F18 boats: Hobbie Wild Cat, Nacra Infusion MKII, Cirrus R, Phantom and C2. It is a high-speed, tactical, technical and spectacular discipline! ... [more]  

AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper's meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - After 19 days of Leg one, the leaders are still within sight of each other, something we don’t think we’ve ever seen at such a stage between Alicante and Cape Town. It’s the ultimate inshore race, staged hundreds of miles offshore. Abu Dhabi, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind are locked against each other with Dongfeng Race Team just 17NM further adrift. ... [more]  

The Taiwan 2014 Kitesurfing Open & Green Tourism Miaoli proved to be an interesting event for the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) to get involved with at the Longfong Fish Harbour beach front in Jhunan. As the KTA had been wanting for some time to bring an event to the renowned high wind shores of Taiwan, which is famous for its windy conditions 300 days a year. ... [more]  

Best possible conditions are expected when 2014 World Championships in ISAF-class Kona One is about to start in Islamorada, Florida on Saturday, November 1. A total of 115 sailors from five continents will line up making it the largest Kona event ever. The outcome is very open with a number of high-profiled sailors with multiple international championship wins in different windsurfing classes. ... [more]  

2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships - The dates for the 2015 U.S. Youth Championships, hosted by Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., have been changed to July 6-10 from the traditional second week in August ... [more]  

'It is no less important to the Commodore as air or water,' said Staff Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club Chuck Nichols. The Lipton Cup is arguably one of the most iconic regattas in the sailing community. This three-day regatta is an invitation-only event where the best sailors from around the country compete to represent their yacht clubs. ... [more]  

Year in and year out, the U.S. Disabled Championships is one of the most fascinating sailing events in the world. A strong collection of the top sailors in the country are in Galveston, Texas preparing for this week’s three-day championship, which begins Thursday, October 30 and concludes Saturday, November 1. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas back-slams both race leaders *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The Chris Nicholson skippered Team Vestas Wind, has made a big gain in the last 12 hours in the Volvo Ocean Race, and is now positioned between the two lead boats. The Danish flagged entry had been positioned to the west of the leaders, who were in the fringe of the St Helena High. ... [more]  

Last night all the American Windsurfing Tour riders, and some of the top PWA sailors, enjoyed a fantastic opening party and registration for the Aloha Classic at Adventure Sports Maui. Food, drinks, photos and lots of chat was the order of the evening, and this morning all with gather again at 9am for the official opening blessing. ... [more]  

Making Ends Meet – Interview with Bill Erkelens, Team Alvimedica COO
Volvo Ocean Race - Constant change for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA fighting and determined
International Paralympic Committee publishes 2015 Anti-Doping Code
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sailing legend seeks French entry
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg one – Ice gates and getting south
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: Oct. 29, 0630 UTC
Optimist World Championship 2014 - Strong winds for the second stage
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel snatch lead for now
Volvo Ocean Race: Ice Gate laid in Southern Ocean on Leg 1 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Reality for Team Vestas Wind
Volvo Ocean Race: Straight-line progress continues for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA entering the Southern Ocean + Video
Comanche ocean trials in Newport + Video
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Title race thrown wide open
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away
Clipper Race - Is this the toughest job on the ocean?
PIC Coastal Classic Roundup: Almost 30 minutes slashed off record
America's Cup: Artemis Racing signs seventh Olympic Gold medalist
Pieces in place for the 2015 GC32 Racing Tour
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Behind the numbers   
Volvo Ocean Race: Front runners open gap for Cape Town *Feature   
AWT - PWA Finale 2014: Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - One day to go   
2014 International Masters Regatta - Augie Diaz takes the trophy   
Volvo Ocean Race - Supreme sailing for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, united by one   
A big shift for Pumpkin Pursuit in Richmond   
ISAF Annual Conference to take place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Latest position report: October 27, 1700 UTC   
Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team to race RORC Transatlantic Race   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The search for skippers is on   
China Cup Int'l Regatta - Windier weather brings victory for Vanke   
Argo Group Gold Cup - Stena Sailing Team wins in Bermuda   
GC 32 Foiling Cat Argo sets Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Latest position report, October 27, 0630 UTC   
2014 RS:X Youth Worlds - Going out with a bang! + Video   
2015 Flying Dutchman World Championships - Winners will be Grinners!   
RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - Denmark’s Christian Spodsberg wins   
Argo Group Gold Cup 2014 - Berntsson joins sailing’s elite   
Sand Flies versus Foiling Moths - Moth World Championship 2015 *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT