Sailing for the gallery

Loge place Nordermole: The visitors in Travemünde were offered a special treat on Saturday afternoon. Race director Uwe Wenzel had placed the finish line of the medium-distance regatta for the offshore yachts directly at the top of the Trave estuary. And so the guests could comfortably watch the crews' last manoeuvres while enjoying fish-and-chips.

After 16 nautical miles on the course, the crews on the yachts had also earned their midday snack. For them, however, it remained with the one race. The weather forecast had predicted much tougher conditions. This scared off many other classes. So O-Jolle, conger and canoe already packed up their boats. For them, the TW is finished. Formula 18 and Musto Skiffs, on the other hand, which have scheduled their TW finals for Sunday, held out to take to the course in the afternoon. But then the weather front passed over Travemünde and prevented a start on Saturday.

Offshore middle distance
It is part of the sailors' claim that they still go on the course when the dinghies and kats cancel their sails. So in the morning there was no reason for race director Uwe Wenzel to think about postponing the start. He had already set a compact course the day before, and so the race could start punctually at 10 am. After the start in the Bay of Lübeck, the fleet of 37 yachts was first sent towards Travemünde, then zigzagged around the fixed navigation marks before the long beat back to Travemünde. "So we had everything: two spinnaker gybes, a half-windlass and two crosses," said Wenzel, who could not identify any problems for his charges: "The conditions were more moderate than forecast. We had 25, 26 knots of wind at the start. Everyone coped with that perfectly."

Walter Watermann's "X-Day" (Kiel) was the fastest to complete the workload. She crossed the finish line after 2:00:36 hours. This was also enough for first place in the ORC I+II classification. In the middle ORC classification (ORC III), the "Immac Fram" crew wrote another chapter in their TW success story. After four victories on the short course, they now also won the first medium course race. Heino Haase was unrivalled with his Folkeboat in the ORC IV class.

In the yardstick yachts, after a few tasks, a competitive field remained only in Class II. Björn Carstensen took the lead with the "Pepper and Salt". Marco Antler with "Nona" (Yarstick I) and Andreas Peschlow with "Celestine" (Yardstick III) were alone in their groups at the finish.Canoe Taifun/Canoe IC
Family and town duels are programmed in the two Canoe classes. The Steimann and Junge families fought equally for victory at the head of the field in the Canoe IC (photo right) and the Canoe Taifuns. Due to the sometimes extreme conditions with strong winds, the sailors only had the opportunity to compete against each other on three of five race days. In the extremely narrow skiffs of the Canoe IC, the field was significantly reduced on the strong wind day. More sailors competed in the somewhat more stable Taifuns.

Canoe IC (Euro Cup)
In the Canoe IC, Frederik Steimann from Segeberg took over the lead from Ole Junge for a short time when a shaft broke. But he only held the position at the top for a short time. "Despite the three days of racing, we still sailed a pleasing number of races. When a shroud broke and I fell behind, I had to make up for it afterwards. And that worked out well," said Euro Cup winner Ole Junge. His efforts after the broken shroud worked well for the Preetzer: He finished seven out of eight races in first place. The aborted race was the strike result. Frederik Steimann had to settle for second place. Third place went to Axel Bierwagen from Hanover.

Canoe Taifun (German Championship)
A Steimann-Junge duel also determined the German Championship of the Canoe Taifuns. Sometimes Claudius Junge was in the lead, then again Niklas Steimann from Segeberg. In the end, Steimann prevailed and won the DM title. Silver went to Claudius Junge from Preetz. Third place went to Martin Droll. "In between we had a lot of wind. That was a real battle at times. But otherwise it was a lot of fun in the waves," said the newly crowned German champion Niklas Steimann.

The weather conditions only allowed two races for the Congers on one race day. With their two victories, Julia Pechstein/Wolfgang Goeken from Hamburg triumphed sovereignly. "The Baltic Sea proved to be more difficult than many starters had expected. The sailing was a challenge - exhausting, but doable. For us it was a beautiful day of sailing," said Julia Pechstein. "We had a lot of fun. In these conditions, even a conger gets flying."

Rough wind conditions also meant that racing in the O-Jolle only took place on one of three race days, with some competitors pulling their sails before the start. For the Dutch in the O-Jolle fleet, however, the stronger wind was just what they needed. With two first places, Dutchman Onno Yntema sailed to a commanding first place, repeating his success from 2018 when he also topped the podium at the 129th Travemünder Woche. "It was wonderful conditions this time. We Dutch love strong wind and would have loved to sail even further," he commented on the regatta. Second place also went to a Dutchman, Mark Tigchelaar. "It was excellent sailing here in Travemünde. I would have liked to sail more races, but I understand that many sailors didn't want to risk any damage to their dinghy so close to the European Championships," said the man from Amsterdam. Third place went to Harry Voss from Germany. The Dutch dominance at the top of the O-Jolle field is completely in line with the expectations of the class. "They are showing us how it's done at the moment," says German class chairman Jörn Cordbarlag.

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