Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen in the lead at the windward mark
Yesterday, on the penultimate day of the qualifying round in the Star Sailors League Final (SSL Finals) off Nassau, three light wind races were held in Montagu Bay. A good start and the right boat speed were crucial to defending your own line. The quality of the international field is so high that the fleet usually reaches the first turning point when collected. So the rounding of the barrel turned into exciting arguments with a lot of shouting and close battles for positions. The approaching end of qualification also contributed to this, because the crews no longer have many chances to fight for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Berliners Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen achieved an outstanding victory of the day. Robert Stanjek reported: "We sailed the boat pretty well today. In the light winds it is easier to defend the lead after a good start. When you find a good run, you keep making profits on the other boats. But we do can sail in all conditions. "Stanjek's crew Frithjof Kleen, with whom Stanjek became world champion and fought for sixth place at the 2012 Olympic Games, said:" The fact that we didn't have any barrel contact at the beginning helped us today no penalties. To be honest, we have a few problems with delamination on the boat. That's why we sometimes have the feeling that we are a little slower."
The win of the day could hardly improve the overall situation of the team. With an overall rank of 16, the way to the finals of the top ten teams seems too far. Especially since it doesn't look like many races anymore. There is slack in the Bahamas.
That, in turn, plays into the cards for Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy. With seventh place, they certainly seem qualified for the final. After the qualification phase the top ten teams will start again from scratch, only the first and time-placed have a small advantage.
Jochen Schümann and Ingo Borkowski are beaten in 23rd place out of 25 teams. You had speed problems in some races. But Schümann athletically: "As long as you lose to champions, everything is fine."