Christian Plump from Bremen won the European Championship in the IMS 600 class in Borgholm / Öland, Sweden, with his "Hanseatic Loyd" (Rodman 42).
It was the first EM in this class officially announced by the World Sailing Federation. Although the date parallel to the Copdel Rey in Mallorca was not well chosen, 16 ships came to Sweden.
The close races turned out to be a good advertisement for this new IMS class. "It was incredibly exciting right up to the end," reports trimmer Johann Krauss. "Before the last race we were 0.25 points behind the Dutch" checkmate3 "(Bashford 41), and we were very close together during the final race as well. It was only on the second downwind stretch that we were able to gain the decisive advantage and cross the finish line defend."
In the end, the constant series 2,3,1,1,2,7,1 was enough for the victory, which was also thanks to tactician Albert Schweizer from Quantum Sails / Beilken. Third place was Thomas Bruges' "Extacy" with match race world champion Karol Jablonski on board. At the Kiel Week, the IMX 40 won the title of German Champion.
The crew of the European champions: owner and helmsman Christian Plump, Albert Schweizer (skipper / tactics), Nils Höppner (mainsail), Johann Kraus (genoa / spinnaker), Thies Först (spinnaker / cockpit), Thorsten Lüttig (genoa / cockpit), Lutz Organ man (pit), Hinnerk Brüning (mast), Andre Kozloswski (forecastle)