Earlier in the day, we caught up with Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) for a quick interview:
Hi Maciek, you changed sponsors over the winter in a move which saw you leave Tabou and GA Sails to join I-99 and Challenger Sails… was it a tough choice to change and how is the new gear working for you?
MR: “Yeah sure, you know it’s always a tough decision because you really have to go through all of the pros and cons, and then again, and again, and again, so you can stress over it a bit too much at times, at least I do, but in the end I had the great opportunity to try everything before signing and that made the decision quite east in the end. For me it was clearly the best performing gear out of all the options and it happens to be the best situation as well. They are super supportive and it really feels like they have created a performance culture and there’s a great atmosphere as well. All pros so far.”
Last year you broke back into the World’s top 16 for the first time since 2014 – what are your goals for the coming season?
MR: “I just want to perform. I’m just going to focus on racing well, I know myself if I can do that then results should take care of themselves. Whether that means top 16, top 10, top 5 in some events or whatever I don’t think about that. I just think about starting well, gybing good and keeping my emotions under control.”
Thanks, Maciek. Good luck over the next 5 days and for the course of the season.
Mag. Chris Pressler I AUT-226
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