In June 2018, its makers impressively demonstrated that the HelgCup is anything but an ordinary regattist. 62 women's crews from Germany, Austria and the US started at the premiere of the world's largest keelboat regatta for women in order to compete against each other in short races similar to the Bundesliga format on the Hamburg Outer Alster.
At the start: In 2018, two types of boat were sailed - Seascape and J / 70 - this year only on J / 70
There were beginner teams, crews who normally only sail cruises, but also top athletes - and it is precisely this mixture that made up part of the good atmosphere that shaped the cup. Last Saturday you could feel it again on the club area of the organizing North German Regatt Club - four months before the HelgCup goes into its second round. Then with even more teams and boats, and with even more effort: The HelgCup was declared the top sporting event of the city of Hamburg and receives correspondingly extensive support. 96 crews are to start on three lanes from June 14th to 16th. The places are coveted and almost completely taken; Around 400 women sailors are expected.
Arrival from Lake Constance and Berlin: Crews from all over Germany came to Hamburg for training
Timpani for the good placement at the workshop in the North German RegattVerein
A good 140 of them found their way to the Hanseatic city last Saturday to learn regatta rules, basic maneuvers, teamwork and crew management from and with experienced sailors at the theory workshop. This training offer is also a special feature of the HelgCup, which is also aimed at those who have never heard of interior space, overlapping and penalty circles.
Or from the areas of the brain that, according to the former Olympic participant and sailing coach Tobias Schadewaldt, you have to activate in order to get through the regatta course with fun and success. "Doing is as you want - only more blatant" was the title of his workshop on the topic of action control. It was well received by the sailors, as was the question of how to harmonize as a crew and how to convert trust into success in regatta sailing, what you have to take into account on a J / 70 - which Schadewaldt demonstrated together with Bundesliga helmsman Silke Basedow on board. Helga Cup overall race director Klaus Lahme also gave an introduction to regatta rules, strategy and tactics.
Practical: The sailing is on J / 70, the trainers give tips on boat handling
The crews will soon be able to find out whether all the tips from the seminar room also work on the water: From the first weekend in March, training sessions on the water start, which the organizer offers with partners for interested sailors or which are coordinated independently.
Starts in March for the first training weekend as a complete team: the YACHT reader crew
Further information is available on the HelgCup website and on Facebook.