Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner
Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner (Kiel) were unable to repeat their day's victories from the previous day at the SAP 505 European Championship on the second day, but defended their lead with a constant series in the three races of the day.
Although the brothers Jørgen and Jacob Bojsen-Møller from Denmark, who were runner-up in the SAP 505 European Championship, were able to reduce their lead a little, they hardly have any title chances. They have to skip Friday for private reasons. In particular, the next-placed teams come into focus. The 2007 world champions, Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbæk, lurk in third place, directly behind is Meike Schomäker, who has been sailing together with Hunger's ex-crew Holger Jess since Whitsun. And Jens Findel / Johannes Tellen (Kiel) are also close to medals after two day victories.
However, the weather forecast worries the title favorite Hunger. The team doesn't like much wind, especially since the strong wind sail is slightly damaged: “We have to keep an eye on the eye in the clew, it threatens to tear off,” says Hunger. A wrong decision to start the second race on Thursday also gave him a discarded result with eleventh place. Nevertheless, hungry / little ones are not happy to have one less strong competitor today. “We would have liked to have sailed against Bojsen-Møller throughout. And if we had lost then that would have been okay too. But there are still enough strong people at the start,”said Kleiner.
Meike Schomäker and Holger Jess
This also includes the best woman in the field, Meike Schomäker. “We had a very good day today. I benefit a lot from having a crew with such a technical understanding, "said the third place in the European Championship in 2007. Holger Jess was delighted with the good speed on the Spi courses:" We are very good at it and have a number of good places made."
There were also brightened faces among the defending champions. Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen (Kiel) achieved two daily victories and moved up to fifth. "In the first two races we checked the field after a good start," said Findel, who is hoping to win a medal again after this day.
In the other 13 classes, the German sailors mostly have to put up with the role of pursuer. However, the catamaran sailors are great. In the F-18 class, Andreas John from Hamburg and Sten Höpfner have the bow in front. However, he benefited from a double capsizing of the top favorites, Helge and Christian Sach from Zarnekau, in the first race. In the Hobie 16, the Detlef Mohr / Karen Wichardt crew achieved a double victory. They perform in front of the newly minted German masters Knud Jansen / Merle Siebrecht. German leaders are also Harald Wefers in the H boats, Peer Kock in the J24 and Oliver Gronholz in the OK dinghy.