“Dial-up” will be the name of the game on the Hamburg Alster at the weekend when the International German Championship in Match Race takes place. With this maneuver, the teams open the pre-start duel in the boat-to-boat battle. A high-ranking field of participants with world champions and Olympic participants and international teams comes to Hamburg. Exciting competitions are guaranteed.
There has been a great deal of interest in the match race since it was certain that the America’s Cup in Europe and Germany will be participating for the first time. While the United Internet Team Germany is fighting for important points in Italy, 26 teams from all over Europe will come to the Hanseatic city to win the German championship title in the match race.
And for the first time this year there will be two titles: In order to do justice to the growing number of women's teams, participants from several nations will sail the best of the match race women among themselves. The favorite with home advantage is match race crack and first in the German women's rankings Silke Hahlbrock with her sister Maren from Hamburg and Marion Rommel from Munich.
It remains to be seen whether she can prevail against sailors like Ulrike Firk or Suzanne Willim, both of whom are also among the top five German match race women. Former runner-up world champion and Kiel Week winner in the Olympic Yngling class, Ulrike Schümann from Berlin, is an insider tip.
In the men's category, Andreas Willim will have to defend his title against strong competition. Olympians like Alexander Hagen from the North German RegattVerein, the Swiss Christopher Rast and Stefan Meister from Berlin are registered. The newly crowned champion of the youth class Max-Christoph Gurgel joins the field of top candidates as well as Peter Lakshamanan, this year's German champion in the Vaurien class.
"We are delighted to be able to welcome such an international field to the German match race title fight," says Manuel Hünsch, main organizer of the Hamburg sailing club. “In addition to the German participants, teams from Denmark, Austria, Poland and Switzerland have registered.” A total of six Streamline boats are available for the men and four J 22 keel boats for the women.
Registration, weighing and first training is on Friday, September 30th. The official start of the championship title competitions is Saturday, October 1st. The title will be fought for over three days, up to the grand finale on Monday afternoon (October 3rd). AlexandrDinges-Dierig, Hamburg Senator for Education and Sport, will give the awards ceremony for this top-class sailing event in the Hamburg Sailing Club.
Spectators can watch what is happening on the water from the jetty on the HSC site (An der Alster 47a, Gurlittinsel Clubhouse).
Participants in the International German Championships in Match Race from October 1st to 3rd, 2005:
Men Andreas Willim, GoltoftStefan Meister, BerlinCarsten Kemmling, HamburgJan-Eike Andresen, HamburgTino Ellegast, KempenPrzemek Taranacki, Sopot / PolandSven-Erik Horsch, HamburgDirk Strelow, ErftstadtPeter Lakshmanan, DortmundMax Gurgel, HamburgPhilipp Kadelbach, BerlinChristopher Rast, Biel / SwitzerlandBenedict GachAlexander Hagen, HamburgRalf Seeland, CologneChristian Kellner, Hechendor
Women Silke Hahlbrock, HamburgUlrike Firk, BordesholmCamillUlrikkenholm, Copenhagen / DenmarkUndine Hopsch, BerlinSuzanne Willim, HamburgSusanne Ward, DenmarkAnke ScheuermannSteffanie Köpcke, HamburgUlrike Schümann, BerlinVerenWagner, Dornbirn / Austria