Soling crew Roman Koch / Maxl Koch / Gregor Bornemann
German crews were very successful in a handful of classes, including the 49ers, Starboot, Soling, Tornado and others.
The biggest surprise came from the 49er crew Jan-Peter and Hannes Peckholt, who won the bronze medal in Vallenbäck, Sweden. The duo will fight until the end in the exciting regatta, which was sailed for the first time according to the somewhat complicated racing rules that are currently being tested for the next Olympic Games. After that, fleet races are sailed first, the results of which the participants then split into a gold and a silver field. Then ten finals will be sailed, in which the last two crews are eliminated in the first three races. The remaining four crews then sail until one can show two victories.
Complicated, but a system with more potential for tension, say many active participants, so the tension remains until the end, because the winner is really only determined in the last race. The most successful German 49er crew to date, Baur / Groy, surprisingly ended up only in 21st place for their standards.
Even more successful than the 49er crew was the German Soling crew Roman Koch / Maxl Koch / Gregor Bornemann, who after winning the world championship this year also became European champions in the former Olympic class. In the Dutch town of Medemblick they sailed confidently to the top with four daily wins.
In the Starboot class, the Germans Alex Hagen and Kay Falkenthal did not win a medal, but with an overall rank of 7 and a victory of the day they showed that they can sail with the top.
Detailed information and lists of results can be found on the DSV website at www.dsv.org.