The wind generator has turned up the heat on the Travemünde Week courses. Already on the morning of the sixth day of the regatta, strong gusts blew across the Bay of Lübeck, reaching the limit of the class regulations. First of all, the boats of the race committee were sent out on the water to check the conditions in detail. Afterwards, the decision was made that some races would be possible under intensive supervision. And so first the gold fleet of the RS Feva was sent out for their World Championship final and then the two gold fleets (female and male) of the ILCA 4 were sent out on the course - accompanied by a host of coach and safety boats. In the fight for gold, silver or bronze at the World Championships or European Championships, tough conditions have to be mastered. After all, the youth classes were the only fleets that had to deal with gusts of around 30 knots.
RS Feva (World Championship)
The European champions are now also world champions. Two years ago, the French duo Lisandru Bunel/Thomas Kuntze took the continental crown, and now they have been decorated with World Championship gold off Travemünde. In the strong wind races of the final day, which not only caused numerous capsizes in the fleet but also led to two broken masts, the French showed no weaknesses. With two victories, they made it to the top step of the podium ahead of Italy's Francesco Trucchi/Massimiliano Scalzulli and Nojus Volungevicius/Vilius Raciunas from Lithuania.
For the team from France, the World Cup victory was the crowning achievement of their joint sailing career. They have consistently improved in recent years: in 2018 they became French champions, in 2019 European champions and now world champions at Travemünde Week. Next season, Lisandru Bunel and Thomas Kuntze will go their separate ways in terms of sailing. Bunel is switching to the 29er and Kuntze to the ILCA 6. "For us, the stronger wind on the last day of the World Championships was an advantage because of our size. Those were good conditions for us. We really liked the ambience and the regatta organisation in Travemünde," said the two after the award ceremony.
The runners-up, Francesco Trucchi and Massimiliano Scalzulli, were delighted with their success. A small drop of bitterness was the fact that they lost the lead on the last day of the World Championships in the strong wind. "The conditions at the World Cup were very difficult with many wind shifts, gusts and strong winds on the last day, but it was still fun," the team agrees. The two Italians are also making the switch for the coming season. Together they will sail towards further success in the 29er. The World Championships were not only successful for Trucchi and Scalzulli, but for the entire Italian team, which took home a total of five prizes in different categories of the World Championships. The women's classification was won by Letizia Angela Tonoli/Annalisa Vicentini, the U14 classification by Matteo Franciosi/Edoardo Porchera. "The World Cup is the biggest success of the Italian RS Feva class so far," said the coaches of the team from Italy.
The only Germans in the gold fleet, Mats Krüss/Vivien Joost (Plön), did well in their first joint regatta appearance in the Feva class and finished 19th overall. "There was real pressure today. We were at the limit, capsized in the first race and didn't always pull the gennaker. Those were clearly the toughest conditions we have sailed in so far. But it was a lot of fun to shoot down the waves on the Reach. And we are very happy with the finish. In the last race, we really pushed ourselves to the front," reported Mats Krüss enthusiastically about the performance at Travemünde Week.
ILCA 4 (European Championship)
The safety boats from all regatta courses were ordered to the ILCA 4 lane for the first European Championship races in the final round to ensure intensive supervision. And the junior athletes performed at the limit of their capabilities. A third of the girls' fleet had to abandon the second race of the day, only a few made it across the course without capsizing. Annemijn Algra from the Netherlands proved to be storm-proof and took the lead with a day's win and a third place ahead of Emma Mattivi from Italy and Claudia Adan Lledo (Spain). The only role left for the German starters was that of respectful competitors. Line-Anneliek Pähler was the best in 24th place.
The German boys also had to acknowledge the superiority of the competition. Batbold Gruner from Bad Zwischenahn, who celebrated his greatest success last year with the victory at the Kieler Woche, can no longer intervene in the medal fight at the Travemünder Woche as 27th before the final day. On a day when many athletes took their stroke result, the Greeks proved their class. Athansios Kyfidis with two wins on the day and Alexandros Eleftheriadis provide a Hellenic double lead. Can Kaska from Turkey can hope for a European Championship medal tomorrow as he is currently third.