The signs seemed clear: The German Touring Yacht Club (DTYC) was preparing to win the club championship of German sailing for the third time in a row. Having arrived in Berlin as the leader of the table, the team around helmsman Julian Stückl wants to perfect the hat trick in front of the jetties of the host club Seglerhaus am Wannsee. But there are also the two-time champions from the North German Regatt Club in Hamburg, who won the title in the early years of the League in 2013 and 2014 before the South Club DTYC took over the command. The team around helmsman Tobi Schadewaldt is on duty for the NRV. Between these two - so the experts thought - it will be decided this weekend.
The German Touring Yacht Club has to accelerate from Friday if it wants to do the hat trick perfectly
But then that: After the first of three final days, the sailing and motorboat club Überlingen (SMCÜ) with helmsman Julian Stückl and his third place in Berlin after five of a maximum of 16 rounds and a total of 48 races took the top position in the current lightning table of the league for the time being. And that too because the NRV and the DTYC were only 9th and 11th after their first five races. Which in the league table initially let them fall back to ranks 2 (DTYC) and 3 (NRV).
Surprise evening of the first day: The sailing and motorboat club Überlingen has taken the lead in the standings for the time being with third place in Berlin. How it came about in the fight with the club giants DTYC and NARV …
With strong performances, the SMCÜ initially took the lead in the season finale in Berlin
The double sibling team of the Bundesliga: Two Hahlbrock sisters - Silke Basedow and Maren Hahlbruck - and the brothers Max and Karl Gurgel represent the Hamburg sailing club at the league final on the Wannsee
Nice atmosphere on the Wannsee, captured by DSBL photographer Lars Wehrmann
However, all title aspirants still have a maximum of eleven races in order to put their own stamp on the regatt after the surprising first day. The ideal start was made on Thursday by the Lindau Sailing Club in Berlin, which leads the intermediate ranking at the capital finals in front of the Potsdam Yacht Club and the SMCÜ. At the same time, the VSaW hosts messed up their first appearance with ranks 6, 6, 4, 6 and 2, which means they are only on the penultimate rank in their home territory, ahead of the rear-end of the Schwerin Yacht Club. At the end of the day, however, the second place in the fifth flight gave Tim Elsner's team hope for improvement again. Participants and spectators on the VSaW grounds and on their home screens can look forward to two more exciting league final days.