Frithjof Schwerdt. 2013 European Champion
is a Q&A that was completed by MPS Frithjof Schwerdt.
2013 European Champion
What got you into the MPS class?
I was sailing Laser for nine years and wanted
to try something else . It had to be faster, more ambitious
and without hiking. So I discovered the MUSTO Skiff.
What have you sailed previously?
I have sailed Laser and 49er.
How old, tall and heavy are you?
I am 25 years old, 186 cm tall and have a weight
of 80 kg.
How much training did you do in
the MPS in the year prior to the win?
That´s quite funny. On the MPS I only
practised the day before the Europeans, but I did a
lot of training in the 49er
Did you do any specific training
exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?
The year before I did a lot of training. I
build two little marks to practise up and downs. The
GoPro, which was fixed in the back of the wings, helped
me to analyse the maneuvers. I always asked myself,
what I can do to improve my skills.
What were your rig settings (Rake,
tensions (shroud & lowers) spreaders (length &
I think you have to be careful with giving
specific values of rig tension, because the Looses measurement
device is very imprecise. Anyway, these were my standard
Wind light/medium - heavy
tension forestay 28- 31
spreaders angle 105 mm / 105 mm
spreaders length max. out, so 5 holes
rake 727 cm
Mastfoot 4th hole from the front
Draggerboard down / 15 cm lifted
What did it feel like to lift
the trophy at the prize giving?
Yes I did it!
Do you have any sponsors?
Raymarine, MUSTO, Gleistein Ropes, bollé Glases,
What other hobbies do you have?
I love it to go mountain biking on small single trails
in the Alps.
Are you married / have any kids?
What is your favourite band/music?
What's your favourite food?
every kind of cakes
What is your day job?
I´m studying mechanical engineering. My area of
expertise is combustion engines and thermodynamics.
What else should we know about
Be aware, the Worlds on Lake Garda
in 2015 will come! So POWER ON!
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