The second edition of the HelgCup continues the success story of the women's regattauf J / 70: Since yesterday, over 300 female sailors have been at the start on the Hamburg Outer Alster in order to compete in short races to get into the final race of the best eight teams on tomorrow, Sunday.
The race committee under overall race director Klaus Lahme has scheduled 114 races on three regatta courses, but the weather conditions have not made it easy for either the organizers or the sailors. The races on Friday afternoon were canceled due to thunderstorms, and there was also a start delay on Saturday morning due to a storm warning.
Changing conditions for the crews on the Outer Alster
The teams are shuttled to the tracks
In between, everything was there, from strong gusts and waves in the area in the middle of the city, which is known for its wind turner, to total calm and renewed postponements.
Participants from ten countries
But the complicated conditions on the water cannot affect the good mood on land. At the official opening on Friday evening, a prize was awarded to the crew with the longest journey: Two young teams from the Eastern Yacht Club on the US east coast made their way to Hamburg especially for the HelgCup. Crews from nine other countries are also on the start list: from Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Spain - and of course from all over Germany - are female sailors.
Over 300 women came to Hamburg to sail
After two days of racing, the HSC Women's Team is in first place, the SVT Ladies (Switzerland) in second and the WYC South Sea Pearls in third.
The YACHT reader team "dayachtdasherz" is in 44th place after eight races - and is satisfied.
The YACHT reader crew
Change of boat at the jetty
Be there live
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HelgCup in the YACHT
You can read a report about the HelgCup 2019 in YACHT 15/2019 which will be released on July 10th.