Hopefully there will be no space problems in King Harald of Norway's glass cabinet. Because next to the crown, which identifies him as a monarch, a stately silver trophy now has to be stowed away. This distinguishes him and the crew of his racer "Fram XV" as the best IMS sailor in Europe.
Just like the name of the winner “Fram”, that of the “Hispaniola” has long been one of the well-known in the IMS scene. Both yachts can often be found in national and international regattas - sailing far ahead. At the IMS European Championship, which is held in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Kungl SvenskSegel Sellskapet (KSSS), the Royal Sailing Club of Sweden, Horst Mann's Rodman 42 “L + M Hispaniola” did not enjoy being the first German yacht - the yacht with tactician Thomas Jungblut finished ninth. But the IMX 40 "Moonshine" by Mathias Müller von Blumencron: It took third place and took the bronze medal due to a second place in the final long distance.
The extremely slack Gotland Rund race, which represented the final long distance at the championship of the IMS yachts, mixed up the results once again. After 360 miles and 63 hours for "L + M Hispaniola" it was clear: A victory that already seemed likely during the race would not be won. The crew had to be content with a sixth place in the overall ranking, which changed the result of the European Championship. Because two yachts had to cross the finish line between the King of Norway and the also Norwegian yacht “Al Capone” (type Grand Soleil 42 R) in order to enable the monarch to win the title, which during the series was also awarded to “L + M Hispaniola”seemed within reach. However, an early start, which allegedly could not be proven by video material but was not withdrawn, made the crew around helmsman Horst Mann from Kiel look at their chances more realistically.
The IMX 40 “Moonshine” from Hamburg journalist Matthias Müller von Blumencron, on the other hand, almost consistently took home results in the top ten (only 13th place made it into the otherwise single-digit series). She was rewarded with third place overall, five points ahead of the second German yacht, after she had already won the Double Hand Challenge in Flensburg. The J-109 "Brinkmann und Partner" landed in 24th place. Including the J-Boats controlled by Frank Sothmann, only three German boats were at the European Championship of IMS yachts - but two of them were among the top ten.