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Before the season’s highlights in finn sailing class (European Championship in Germany and World Championship in Estonia), the Esimit Sailing Team member Vasilij Žbogar established a long term partnership with the Esimit Europa project. Within the engagement, the ambitious sailing project of Igor Simčič will help Vasilij Žbogar reach the goals in Olympic class sailing and guarantee active participation onboard Esimit Europa 2. With the help of the Esimit Europa project, Žbogar, 2-times Olympic medallist and one of the best competitors at European and World Championships, will assure himself relevant conditions for trainings and participation at different championships as well as the World Cup regattas. All with one clear goal in mind – to win a gold medal at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Until then, Slovenian champion will also share his tremendous knowledge and experiences with young perspective sailors in various Olympic classes. Namely, the Esimit Europa project runs an initiative by which members of the Esimit Sailing Team, multiple Olympic medal holders, coach young sailors to achieving top results. Vasilij Žbogar is already cooperating with one of the talented Russian sailors and will as his coach also support the youngster at the European Laser Radial Youth Championship in Split (Croatia) at the end of June.
“I am proud and honoured that at Esimit Europa support my next ambitious goal – that is to take the gold medal in finn sailing class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I will dedicate most of my time to this goal. I train very hard and I have established a professional team of experts who will cooperate with me until the Olympics. After taking bronze in Athens and silver in Beijing, gold is very realistic, but I still have a lot to do – preparing a perfect dinghy, improve my strength and tactics. With the Esimit Europa project as main sponsor I have all the foundations to bring the gold medal back home. At this point I would like to thank Igor Simčič and the excellent crew onboard Esimit Europa 2 for their acceptance to the team of the best sailors in the world and for trusting me a very responsible task, working with young sailors,” stated Vasilij Žbogar, the best Slovenian sailor of all times.