Tom Slingsby, winner of the Laser Europa Cup
Tomorrow we will continue with the German Open of the Bénéteau 25 and Europe and with the German championship of the Olympic 49ers. Some winners have already been determined. Another nine classes will follow at the weekend.
For example, the trainer coordinator of the German Sailing Association (DSV), Dr. Malte Philipp, again as the overall winner in the kite of the regatta course: “It was a lot of fun, but it was the first and last time that I sailed myself this season. I have to work,”says the Rostock man. In any case, he seems to have successfully passed on his skills to his protégés: The 470 teams Lucas Zellmer / Heiko Seelig (Berlin) supervised were first, Sabine Walter / Antje Struckat (Berlin) second in the 470 competition.
Tom Slingsby is the name of the winner of the Laser Europa Cup in Warnemünde. The eighth in the world rankings was in a class of its own. 25 points separated him from the runner-up Simon Grotelüschen from Lübeck. The 19-year-old student risked everything again on the last day of the race and promptly made a false start in the last race. Nevertheless, the second place could not be taken from him: "I was amazed that it worked so well, especially when there was little wind," said the sailor belonging to the junior team. Rostock-based Alexander Schlonski was not satisfied with his performance: "The first two days I just sailed too badly, I found it difficult to make up for that," the 25-year-old analyzes after his fourth place in the overall result.
The best German in the women's Olympic boat class Laser Radial was FranziskGoltz from Schwerin in 9th place. "It went very well, I have a good feeling in the Laser Radial," said the 20-year-old, who only switched to the Olympic single-hand boat class at the beginning of the year, but is not a blank slate: she has already taken part in the world championships twice in the 420. TatianDrozdovskay from Belarus wins the women's competition by one point over AnastasiChernov from Russia. In the overall ranking of the Laser Radial, the best German male sailor comes from the "home country" of the Warnemünder Woche: Philipp Gläser from Stralsund lands in 17th place.
Despite capsizing in the last race, Lutz Stengel and Frank Feller won the 505s. “It went well for the conditions, because we are more of a light wind crew,” said Lutz Stengel from Rostock happily after the races. The next appearance for them is the German Championship in Travemünde at the end of the month, where they want to successfully defend their title. They will also take part in the 505 World Championships off Warnemünde from August 17th to 26th.
The long distance regatt around Bornholm ended earlier than planned for the majority of the 58 yachts. Storm and waves forced almost two thirds of the participants to give up. The first yacht in the port was the “Roy” from Werner Schulz from Hamburg, who at 71 was also the oldest skipper on the long haul. Dieter Neuhaus also got down to business on the “Hexe” chartered especially for the regatta: forestay break. At 9:20 a.m. he and his crew were safe but tired back in Warnemünde. Just 40 minutes later, HellDietz and Stephan Eckner from Berlin moored their 7.80 meter long “Mücke” in the old river: Their boat was one of the smallest and there was only two of them on board. First balance of the long haul: a broken mast, a broken forestay and ten ships back in the port of Warnemünde. This year, too, the former “illbruck” with the current name “arosa” was unable to break the course record of the RegattRund Bornholm. At 8:19 p.m. she sailed over the finish line after 270 nautical miles.
Despite little wind at the beginning of the week, the commodore of the German Challenger Yacht Club (DCYC), Willy Kuhweide, had a lot of fun. On Track Echo, he was at the side of the race committee. Reason: "The statutes of the America’s Cup require that as a challenger you have to have competed in an offshore regatta," explains the 60-year-old. Since the DCYC is the reporting club for the 32nd America’s Cup for the United Internet Team Germany, experience must now be gained and proven. “I'll be back next year,” promised the man who, due to a gold medal from 1964 in Finn and a bronze medal in Star from 1972, hardly seems to lack experience.