This is week 6 out of 9 in which we'll present you portraits of the Magic Marine family, including the latest updates about our qualified sailors, their dilemmas and we will share their favorite Magic Marine items! And even though all qualifying options for the members of the Magic Marine family are behind them, there still are a few milestone events on the agenda before summer starts, we will keep you posted!
Afrodite Zegers and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands will represent their country in the 470 Class this summer. With all major events in their class already behind them, they just arrived in Santander for one last training camp.
Afrodite and Lobke only started their sailing adventure together late 2018. Lobke initially quit her 470 sailing career in 2012 after winning bronze at the Olympics in London. She had 5 World Championship titles, an Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and bronze in London to her name, all in the 470 Class. But the fire and drive for more never really left her.
After finishing 4th in Rio, Afrodite was ready for another go, until she and her team mate decided to both go separate ways in 2018. Afrodite didn't hesitate a single moment and asked the most successful sailor in the Netherlands to join her and fight for one more Olympic medal; a golden one this time.
Only one week later the fresh sailing duo hit the water in Medemblik and six months later, in May 2019, they took bronze at the 470 Europeans in San Remo. That's where they also met the Dutch qualification requirements. At the Worlds in August 2019 in Enoshima they managed to qualify the country. The first big obstacles were out of there way!
In March this year they won silver at the World Championship in Vilamoura in Portugal, missing gold by only one point. The team were disappointed to miss out on what would have been Lobke’s sixth and Afrodite’s first World Championship Gold, but left feeling confident that they are in contention for a medal.
They are both ready, have a good feeling and have started to mentally prepare for a very unusual event: 'We probably won't have a lot freedom on site, which might be quite a challenge for us outdoor athletes. But we'll make sure we are prepared and find ways to handle it.'
'Japan will be hot and very humid, we're happy that we are protected against the elements on site with all the gear Magic Marine is providing us to keep us safe and comfortable.'
Magic Marine stands for performance based sailing gear. Each Olympic cycle we provide our team riders with a special designed limited edition collection. This year we were challenged to design gear that helps our riders to protect themselves against the elements. With a special mesh and rash vest technique we managed to develop a collection which protects them against the heat, UV and humidity.