By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
While they fell short on their home water, local sailors Ian MacDiarmid and Nicolas Muller earned the chance to compete against 15 international teams during the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final last month.
The duo linked up after not working together for a years to try to bring home a win on their local waters. The crew from New Zealand ended up winning the top prize.
“Ian and I knew the event was coming up a few months ago,” Muller said. “We texted each other and decided it was a good idea to sail it together. It’s rewarding to represent your country internationally and domestically.”
The pair said in no time they were in sync and together they were able to clinch a spot to get them to the World Final event that was held in Miami.
“We trained together and picked it up pretty quickly,” Muller said. “We have very similar sailing styles.”
MacDiarmid, 19, of Delray Beach and Muller, 21, of Fort Pierce both grew up on the water.
What started as a sport on the weekends and summers while at camp became competitive for them both.
“We were blessed to have been brought up in a sailing environment,” Muller said.
MacDiarmid agreed adding some of his earliest memories are being on the water with his dad.
Since learning the ropes at young ages, the two have traveled across the world to compete in different circuits and events. They have sailed on and off together since 2014.
While MacDiarmid said Italy and Greece are fine to visit its Denmark and Japan that top his favorite list of places sailing has taken him.
Both agreed that Wales was not their favorite race location.
“We were not used to the cold or the food,” Muller said.
He said he preferred visiting Italy, Argentia, Sweden, Germany and Denmark as well.
“Just getting the experience and taking in all the culture is really cool,” Muller said.
The team agreed it was great to race at home in front of their family and friends.
“We know the lay of the land,” MacDiarmid said. “We have our family.”
While sailing isn’t as popular as recreational soccer or football, the two agree it is a sport you can enjoy for life.
“You can pick up sailing and its a life long thing,” MacDiarmid said. “You can just go out and cruise, There is a whole tranquil side.”
While he prefers the racing, competitive side that tests you physically and mentally, he said the freedom of being out on the water is what appeals most to him.
Muller likened sailing to a game of chess on the water.
“There are all these different factors,” he said. “It’s like a race car on water and you place all these puzzle pieces together. It’s physically and mentally demanding.”
They said the most challenging part of the sport is keeping up with the ever changing technology. Both agreed that sailors are always looking for ways to be faster and smarter than their competition.
While they fell short this time, they both know how sweet it is to be victorious.
“The most rewarding part is beating the competition,” MacDiarmid said. “Holding up the flag, it’s euphoria that you can’t replicate anywhere else.”