The sailors of the Travemünde Week take the term "final spurt" literally: Before the final weekend, the eight fleets on the six courses turned up the heat. With northeasterly winds of around five Beauforts, the sailors went down the waves in a rush. With a programme of up to six races, the athletes' arms grew long and the results lists filled up. While only the long distance of the sea course was decided on Friday, there will be a fireworks of four decisions on Saturday and five on Sunday in the coming days.
One race is still to be decided for the Dyas on Saturday. But Arndt Fingerhut/Andreas Malcher would not have to take to the water. The duo from the Edersee acted so superior that they are already determined as German champions ahead of time. "The Bay of Lübeck feels like our living room. In 2014, we became German champions here, now first the North German champion and then the German champion again," Fingerhut was pleased about the perfect event while enjoying a cosy winner's beer on the jetty. And then he went one better: "I also proposed to my future wife Miriam by message on the spinnaker. And she said 'yes'. In short: Everything super!" Behind the new champions, who also plan to sail on Saturday, the battle for the other medals is still open.
The Ynglings have done a good job of preparing for the World Championship decision on Saturday. Only one race is still to be sailed, and if Jamin Maarten from the Netherlands had not been disqualified in the sixth race, he could already celebrate World Championship gold. But as it is, the world championship leader still has to tremble, although he seems to be superior to the fleet in terms of sailing. Last year's World Championship bronze medallist is consistently first or second across the line and has the Austrians around Stefan Frauscher safely under control. Ralf Teichmann (Wesel) and his crew can hope for a World Championship medal. After a slow start to the Worlds, the trio has steadily improved and is in third place after nine of ten races.
After the first day, the catamaran aces from San Diego, Stephan Stroebel/Steven Leuck, were still in the lead, but now they have lost a place on the podium for the time being. In their place, the local heroes Sven and Jesse Lindstädt are now enthroned in first place. They are followed by the Finns Mikko and Kirsikka Räisanen and Tom Heinrich/Kilian Feindt (Kiel/Lübeck) by a nearly equal margin, which still leaves all possibilities open.
All-round happy after two days is the Frenchman Alexander Ehlen, who starts for the Monaco Yacht Club. In twelve races, he crossed the line eleven times as the winner, is the clear leader in the IDM Formula Kite and is enjoying the days in Travemünde: "We have great wind conditions. For me, there could even be a bit more wind. The destination is top, the combination of land and sailing programme very successful. It's a pity that our field is so small. I will be happy to promote Travemünde internationally, I can highly recommend the area." Ehlen can hardly be denied winning the International German Championship, even though the title fight is only halfway over.
It's also half-time for the Hobie 16s at their European Championship in the open class, and the Germans will have to stretch themselves on their home turf to finish at the top. The problem: The teams in black-red-gold are not sailing consistently enough, and in addition to top results, there are always a few slip-ups in the list. As the best crew, Jens Goritz/Anke Delius (Föhr) keep their chance of a medal in third place. Directly in front of them is former World Champion Daniel Björnholt with Josephine Frederiksen (Denmark), who, however, also has to take their place behind Gessa Pierandrea/Roberto Dessy (Italy).
The top positions in the keelboats and O-yawls remain unchanged. Herbert and Elisabeth Kujan (Forggensee) have already secured the overall victory in the keelhaul birds with one race to go, Harry Voss from Steinhuder Meer (O-yawl) at least still has to start to secure the TW winner's silver.