Argentina Update + Our Crowdfunding Rally!

We are 92% of the way to our crowdfunding goal with just 4 days left!
Thank you to the incredible group of 85 people that have supported us so far! It truly goes to show that a little bit from a lot of people can add up to significant help. (edit, Nov 20 2015: We met and exceeded our goal! We raised $16,516 from 118 amazing people!)IMG_1422 2

If you haven’t seen it already, check out our budget, our goal, the support we’ve received so far and the new video:

https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/2222/henkenscuttsailing

With just a week until the World Championships start, running this RallyMe crowdfunding page has taken time and effort, but it has also been a great reminder of the support we have from many corners of the world, and especially from home. This is invaluable as we head into what we could call the most important sailing event of our lives so far next week.
The World Championships is a chance to qualify the USA for the Olympics because 3 more of the 20 country spots will be up for grabs. We’re going all in!

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This is actually our second trip to Buenos Aires. We came here first for training, from Oct 9 – 25. We stayed at Argentina’s national sports training center for free because we were training with the Argentinean FX team. It was very convenient to live with a gym 100m away from our beds! The internet wasn’t so hot, nor were our beds, but free is free! During this time we logged many hours training on the water, adjusting to the unique chop that forms on the Rio de la Plata, not to mention the shallow, brown water. We had a solid three-boat training group (USA, ARG, NED) and also participated in Semana de Buenos Aires, Argentina’s largest annual dinghy regatta. Many morning gym sessions followed by windy training ensured that we slept well!IMG_1097

We flew home for a short break at home to reset and refocus. Helena spoke at Seattle Yacht Club, where she started to race 29ers, and enjoyed sailing with the youth race team at their practice. To see so many familiar faces and also lots of new ones was reinvigorating!IMG_1301

On Halloween night we each flew back to Buenos Aires with the excitement of one more three-week block in Argentina. However, this time the focus shifts from adjustment and development to peak performance for the World Championship. We are in San Isidro, a city just north of Buenos Aires. It is quieter, more suburban, and has lots of character… perhaps even a bit of a hippie vibe. This past weekend we raced in the South American Championship as a training event and now we know the skills we ned to refine in the next week before the Worlds.

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Here’s us trying yerba mate – we have an Argentinean coach and he’s trying to get us hooked. It’s an Argentinean drink, a lot like green tea, but they’re very particular about how they prepare and drink it in order to get the best flavor!

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Keep the Facebook love comin’ during the next couple of weeks – we need it more than ever! 🙂 Finally, please consider donating to and/or sharing our RallyMe campaign to help us on the final stretch! Every bit helps as we prepare for the Worlds and US Olympic Trials. Thank you!

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