busy first day in Travemünde

Happy faces at the start of the racing events of the Travemünde Week: A light but well-sailable wind determined the weather scenario on Saturday and enabled a full programme on four regatta courses as well as the first appearance of the Trave Races, the show races in the Trave, in the late afternoon. The youngsters proved to be busy bees on their Hobie catamarans. They have already completed five races for their European Championship ranking. The J/22s managed three races at their German Open, as did the offshore sailors. And the Finns sailed in two official races before a small delegation of twelve dinghies showed their skills in front of the audience in the Trave.

Traditionally, the first starting signal of the Travemünde Week is given to the offshore race. And race director Uwe Wenzel has ordered his fleets onto the course in time to let the yachts set course according to the ORC and Yardstick groups. "The wind was a little less than expected at the first start, but it was constant. And it got better and better as the day went on."

Henning Tebbe, helmsman on board "Patent 4", could not agree with this sentiment. At Warnemünde Week, the crew has just triumphed at the German Championship, but now they did not show their full potential: "The manoeuvres were okay, the boat speed was good, but tactically it was bad. Already the starts didn't go well, and we also made some wrong decisions on the course," said Tebbe. With three second places, owner Jürgen Klinghardt's "Patent 4" (Lübeck YC) came out of the day even better than expected and will be attacking the leading "Adamas" of Jan Peters (SVH Lübeck) on next day, which is already the conclusion of the up-and-down races. "Of course, we want to sail better. We know what the problem was," says Tebbe. In the yardstick group, Michael Kruse's "Havanna" (Grömitzer SC) leads the small field.

Also on the seaward course, the J/22s are holding their German Open. And the German authority in the class is the crew around Reiner Brockerhoff. At Travemünde, the man from Duisburg has already scored successes at national and international level and is now aiming for the German Open title. With places 1, 2, 1, his lead of one point is only razor-thin over Holger Schmitt from Lohheider See.

The European Youth Championship of the Hobie 16 catamarans shows a clear dominance of the Italian youngsters. In the field of 14 teams, eight duos in green-white-red are at the top with Gianmarco Gini/Elisa Mustacchi in the lead. The German crews are only competing without gennakers in the youth event and therefore not in the European Championship ranking.

In the International German Finn Dinghy Championship, the German fleet is chasing a Dane after day one. Otto Strandvig has Fabian Lemmel from Berlin as his first chaser after finishing first and second. "In the first race, a strong spin caught me on the wrong side, but then the second one went my way," said last year's DM bronze medallist Fabian Lemmel after finishing 7th and 1st.

Lemmel was also able to celebrate victory in the Trave Races in the evening. He won both the semi-final and the final with ease. Especially on the downwind courses he showed with powerful technique at the sheet what the pumping brings in terms of speed boost.

The other German title favourites are waiting in the wings for the Finn Championship. Thomas Schmid (Hamburg) and André Budzien (Schwerin) each received an early start disqualification and cannot afford to slip up in the course of the title fight.

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