Germany's best Olympic sailors acted furiously at the start of the World Cup festival in Phillip Bay, Australia, taking a total of three daily victories in the 49er, 49erFX, Nacr17 and Laser disciplines. In the 49erFX TinLutz (Holzhausen) impressed with substitute foreshot LottWiemers from Kiel: The duo leads the class after winning the race at the start and two second places. "A few weeks ago I still thought that I would not be able to start here. It was a victory for us that we even made it to the starting line," said TinLutz (Chiemsee Yacht Club), "that was a great day today good start. We had good starts and good speed, communication on board works great. Of course that is good for your head. Vicky Jurczok and AnikLorenz also impressed with a race win. The Berliners from the Seglerhaus am Wannsee club were in fourth place after the first three qualifying races. For the German female skiff sailors, the World Cup marks part two of the three-part national Olympic qualification as well as for the 49er teams.
Vicky Jurczok and AnikLorenz shone with a win of the day and are fourth after three qualifying races
TinLutz and LottWiemers in the 49erFX. The Kiel crew jumps in for the injured Sanni Beucke and obviously complements each other perfectly with TinLutz, despite a multi-year FX break
In the 49er men, the Berlin Vice World Champions Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel from the North German RegattVerein were able to position themselves as the best German team with ranks 8.3 and 6 in eighth place. However, their path led to the hospital after the races. Foreman Thomas Plößel suffered a cut in his leg in a crash in the first race and the following capsize, but he competed in all three races with it. In the evening Australian time, Plößel was treated in the hospital. But Erik Heil reported: "Everything is okay."
Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel in the 49er
For their teammates, day one of the world title fights went less well: Jakob Meggendorfer / Andreas Spranger (Bavarian Yacht Club) were able to shine with a second place in their qualifying group, but then slipped back to 25th place. From positions 43, 46 and 47, Justus Schmidt / Max Boehme (Kieler Yacht Club), Tim Fischer / Fabian Graf (North German RegattVerein / Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee) and Nils Carstensen / Jan Frigge (Flensburg Sailing Club) have to go to the World Championships -Tag two start their race to catch up. The 49er lead was taken over by Britons Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell, who finished third in the 2019 World Cup, followed by Austrians Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl, who were convincing with ranks 2, 1 and 2. The New Zealand defending champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were initially in third place after two day wins and a fifth place.
The hosting team was the fastest to publish their video recap of the day. It gives good impressions of the requirements at the beginning
In the Nacr17, Paul Kohlhoff and AlicStuhlemmer had a good opening performance with an upward trend. The ranks 19, 10 and 4 initially brought them eighth place in the intermediate ranking. Paul Kohlhoff said: "That was a sensible start in three to ten knots of wind. We had to do with giant spins and a lot of seaweed. The conditions could hardly be more unpleasant. We got away with it okay and within reach. Tomorrow we will continue constantly."
Paul Kohlhoff and AlicStuhlemmer in Nacr17
PHILIPP BUHL OPENS LASER WORLD CUP STRONG
Philipp Buhl opened the World Cup in Melbourne convincingly and was happy about it
On the other side of Phillip Bay, Philipp Buhl ushered in his World Cup summit storm with an impressive fourth place and a victory of the day. The joy of the successful start was clearly noticeable to the 30-year-old laser helmsman from the North German RegattVerein after the mixed pre-Olympic season 2019. "That was very nice, I needed it again. It was fun," said the man from Allgäu, who was able to regain a lot of self-confidence this Tuesday. He had two excellent starts. He was then able to prevail on the course with good speed. "A bit of a nose was needed today. In addition, there was a little patience and a little luck in the right places," said Buhl, summarizing his achievements. In the second race there were sometimes "full throttle suspension conditions". During the day, the laser sailors had to deal with winds between ten and 15 knots, i.e. medium strength.
The four world championship series will continue on Wednesday and end for the skiff sailors and the mixed catamaran crews in Geelong on February 15th, for the laser aces one day later.