It’s a pleasure for us to introduce young Laser sailor Maria Erdi HUN, the new ISAF Youth World champion in Langkawi, Malasia.
Interviewing Maria Erdi HUN, the new ISAF Youth World champion
Hi Maria, thanks for your time and congrats for your Youth World title! Please tell us about your first Sailing steps.
Well, I started sailing in Hungary (Tihany) in school. I enjoyed it from the very first moments and never wanted to stop after. I wanted to sail as much as I could.
I started competing in 2012 in Laser 4.7 class. My first regatta was in the middle of June and though I did not understand too much about the regatta, I still enjoyed it.
In 2013 I already won the Byte CII Worlds and I got an opportunity from Sailcoach that they will support my training camps and regattas abroad. My coach, Tamas Eszes (I am not working with him anymore) planned my sailing programme for 2014 and 2015. He helped me improve a lot.
So you feel you could win this Youth Worlds?
In Malaysia everyone was expecting lighter and really unstable wind conditions, so I was not very sure about me winning the regatta. I would have been more than happy with a podium finish, because no hungarian ever could get a medal at the ISAF Youth World Championships. I was the only hungarian at the worlds this year. My coach was Andreas Geritzer at this event. He gave me lots of good advice and helped me concentrate when I was very nervous on the last days. Finally we had some really nice breeze in Langkawi but the wind was very tricky sometimes, so you could never loose focus. I won 3 races and finally won the regatta with a 9 point lead. I was extremly happy that I could win the first ever medal for Hungary at such an important event and I hope I can win another one this year.
What are your next steps after this great jump in your campaign?
My next goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games which will be a really difficult thing to do as lot of good european nations still did not qualify and Europe gets only 2 more spots in Palma de Mallorca. I will do my best to qualify my nation, but if I cannot manage to do that, I will focus on Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I would like to get a Top 10 result there.
If I do not qualify for the games, I will compete at the main Youth and Under-21 events this year and will try to get some podium finishes.
Sounds marvelous. Thanks Mári and good luck!