On Friday, the competition on the Baltic Sea off Gdansk saw not red, but pink! With her first race victory, Kirsten Harmstorf-Schönwitz '"Tutima" crew catapulted herself into third place as the best German boat in the large class of the ORC European Championship off Danzig before the final day. After an unsuccessful start and only rank 8 in the long distance, the Hamburg sailors have achieved a good starting position for the final sprint with this top result. "We took first place today! And that at the ORC European Championship!", The women stated on their Facebook page, "We are now third overall and incredibly happy!"
This is what the day's winners look like: Skipper Kirsten Harmstorf-Schönwitz and the "Tutima" sailors were delighted with winning the fourth race and third place in the overall ranking before the final day in Gdansk on Friday
Only one point behind "Tutima", however, Axel Seehafers Soto 40 crew are also fighting against "Sportsfreund", the team of Brent55 "Ember Sea" with skipper Matthias Mier and - two points behind - the crew of the XP- 44 "Xenia" with skipper Ralf Lässig for a place on the EM podium.
Harbor idyll in Gdansk with colorful illumination for the EM participants
In class B, the X-41 "Dockenhuden" is only two points behind in second place and 5.50 in first place with 17.50 points before the last inshore races on Saturday and the subsequent award ceremony. The next best German B-boats are the X-41 "Halbtrocken 4.0" and the Dehler 38 C "Sporthotel" in 9th and 10th place. In the lead in this middle class with 29 starters is the Finnish X-41 "Xini Freedom" in front of the Estonian X-41 "Premium".
Nice area, exciting races: the ORC-EM in the Polish area near Gdansk
In the smallest class C it is the Itali9.98 "Immac Fram", which is promisingly in second place in the largest fleet with 40 participants. The team led by skipper Kai Mares laid the foundation for the strong interim result with second place in the long haul. Marcus Schiermann's boat is six points behind the Swedish leader "Pro4u / Malin". As the second German boat in the top ten, the Farr 30 "H. E. A. T" was able to place 9th in the Baltic Sea region around 350 kilometers northwest of Warsaw until Friday evening.
You can find the results here
The crew of the Estonian "KatarinII" is in third place before the final day and will fight for a European Championship medal on Saturday