Thirty of Denmark’s brightest sailing talents attended the first #ROCKTheBoat Academy in Copenhagen this weekend for the ultimate coaching experience – and even got a chance to race on the team’s foiling GC32 boat.
The #ROCKTheBoat Academy initiative – a collaboration between ROCKWOOL and the Denmark SailGP Team athletes – sees the youngsters receive coaching and tips from some of the world’s best sailors, including round-the-world racer Nicolai Sehested, Olympic champion Martin Kirketerp, America’s Cup winner Tom Johnson and multiple World Champion Rasmus Køstner.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend here at the #ROCKTheBoat Academy, and it’s all thanks to ROCKWOOL for supporting our Team ROCKWOOL Racing initiative,” said Sehested (30), the youngest helmsman on the SailGP start line.
“We want to inspire these young athletes to dream big, and there is a lot of potential and talent in this group – we could well be looking at some of Denmark’s future SailGP athletes here.
He added: “We’re particularly excited to see almost a 50-50 split in terms of gender, which is really encouraging for the next generation of Danish sailing.”