My name is Ida, I’m 21 and I’ve been at the AC twice. I was introduced to the Challenge in 2016, when I was working at the Vikingship Museum in Roskilde, my now teammate Amalie Uno, asked my teacher if he knew anyone who would be interested in joining the team, he then poked me and said “I think you need to go talk to Amalie.” It was quite last minute and I only had one practice with the team before the training week. I had never competed or raced boats before, so it was amazing setting off in a fleet of these great traditional boats. My favorite competition must be Sails and Oars, where we get to test the use of the boat, the transition getting the masts down and the oars out, before then doing it again the other way around. Honestly I dread the upwind leg and I hate it when I’m rowing, but crossing that finish line is the most amazing feeling, because of the teamwork we put into it. I had been sailing and rowing before, so I understood the basics of what was going on, but everything else was new to me, and I had the most wonderful time.
It is amazing to meet other young people with an interest in sailing, and making friends across nations. And as soon as AC 16 ended, I was looking forward to 2018 - unfortunately we weren’t able to practice in the years between, and when I stepped onboard the gig in Antrim, it had been two years since I had seen a Bantry boat. We had a challenging first few days rigging up the boat and remembering how it all goes, so we were just happy to be on the water! It was a bit of a challenge, to say the least, trying to keep up with the fleet, but we managed to keep the spirit high, and have our own fun, despite crossing the finish line and hour after the horn sounded. I’m proud to be part of a team that is able to do that. Im usually quite a competitive person, and I can’t stand loosing, but when it comes to the AC I’m just happy to be there. This year I got the opportunity to coxswain a couple of the competitions, which was a great learning experience for me. I managed to get a DSQ and at times come in crying because of all the nerves. But right then it’s amazing to have a team who supports you, and a Henning on the quay ready with a hug. It taught me so much and I grew much more confident.
I’m proud to be a part of a team that can gather people around singing, dancing and fun, that we as a team make friends and bond across nations. It is great fun to see so many dance and sing along to our silly duckling with a beak, and join us in various outbreaks such as slavsquat. Unfortunately it’ll probably be two years till I see most of these incredible people again, but I am ready for Russia 2020, and I hope you all are as well!
Lastly I want to say thank you, to all who came sailing with us this year, it really means a lot to us. It was amazing having people from around the world to learn from and share tricks and experiences with!
Copyright © All Rights Reserved Atlantic Challenge Roskilde 2018