As is well known, things get tight on the Alster - like here at buoy 1
The Wednesday regattas season starts today. While the sailors on the coast usually wait a week or two for the starting shot, the crews are already daring to go out on the water again, especially on the inland waters. Regardless of whether, for example, on the Wannsee in Potsdam, the Zwischenahner Meer or the Unterbacher See in Düsseldorf - there the sailing season starts in April.
Wednesdays on the Alster
The Hamburg sailing club is also starting its kangaroo season today. Claus Dederke, regatta chairman for the Alster, expects only 20 to 30 boats for the evening. That is significantly less than usual; in the summer months around 70 crews would be at the start, but usually at least 50. "But today, with five degrees and rain, that's only for the die-hard," says Dederke. These will also gain direct media presence - the Hamburg-Journal has announced that it will be broadcast on television.
Most of the other districts will follow suit on Wednesday, May 4th. From the Flensburg Sailing Club to the Bavarian Sailing Association, the clubs call their members and external parties to the Wednesday regatta, which dan often holds on a weekly basis. Only the Elbe sailors from the Blankeneser Segel-Club and the various host clubs on the Kiel Fjord are waiting a week longer.
The traditional after-work sailing of the clubs is an institution on many waters. Anyone with a boat can attend the casual events. Depending on the venue, either the results will be offset retrospectively or the start will be offset from the start. In most cases, crews can register either directly for the whole year or individually from time to time.
If you want to refresh your sailing knowledge for the coming Wednesday evenings, you can download the PDF document below, which summarizes the most important tips for successful regatta sailing.