In his opening speech, President Rolf Bähr was very satisfied with the work of the past two years. In the past season alone, German sailing experienced a "real shower of medals".
A result of 18 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals at world and European championships in 2007 was only possible through a successful combination of talent, consistent training and good support.
In addition to the President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, Bähr was also able to welcome Klaus Grensemann as a guest speaker. As head of division in the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Ministerialrat is responsible for the planned campaign to increase safety in recreational shipping. He assured those present that there should be no further regulations for water sports enthusiasts.
Weighty motions were put to the vote at the workshop. However, the majority of the delegates decided against a comprehensive change in the organizational structure of the association. This was demanded by eight North German clubs in order to strengthen the powers of the Seglertag vis-à-vis the Presidium.
Even the proposal to set up a public relations committee to "make public opinion more in favor of the association in the future", according to the applicants, was rejected by a majority. There were no consequences of the Funkschein debate, which has been causing unrest at the grassroots level since the beginning of the year.
With regard to the reasons for the application, DSV President Bähr had already sent an emotional appeal to the delegates at the beginning of the event and surprisingly asked Sailors' Day to express their confidence in him and the members of the executive committee. An unusual step that caused irritation. Finally, of course, the delegates followed Bähr's proposal.
It is questionable whether the internal discussion is over with this. In Leipzig, several members of the Sailing Council expressed their annoyance at the fact that the Presidium and regional associations had in fact not allowed the structural debate that they believed was urgently needed.