42 crews, 45 races, beaming winners: Much of the third HelgCup, which was sailed on the Hamburg Outer Alster at the weekend, was reminiscent of previous years - even though the women's regatta this year was held with far fewer teams than in 2018 due to the corona pandemic 2019.
But even the changed framework conditions did not prevent short and exciting races on the water, which culminated in another thrilling final race of the ten best crews on Sunday - and that with gusts of up to 35 knots.
Photo gallery: Ladies only - impressions from the water
The HSC Women Team with Silke Basedow, Marion Rommel, LuisKrüger and Juliane Zepp started as the leaders in this final race, but almost had to give up after a faux pas at the windward barrel. While it looked like it was going to be a duel between Team Goldelsen and Team Sahneschnitte for victory, in the end the HSC sailors rushed to the finish line with a rapid gennaker ride as the overall winner of the HelgCup 2020.
Cheers from the winning team, the "HSC Women Team"
On the newly introduced SV-14 track, five inclusive teams sailed for victory. The boats are designed for two people and at the HelgCup are manned by one female sailor with and one without a physical disability. There were also prominent female athletes from other sports such as track cycling Olympic champion KristinVogel and Kirsten Bruhn, three-time Paralympics gold medalist in swimming.
With SV 14 on the inclusion train
Despite far fewer crews who had come to the Alster - in 2019 there were 76 from ten nations - the mood was as good as in previous years and the cheering of the winners was exuberant, so that the organizers are already planning the next HelgCup for 2021. until June 13, 2021, it will take place in front of the Hamburg city backdrop.
Enthusiasm for the HelgCup - impressions from day 1
Sporty sailing in demanding conditions - day 2 in the video