A hard day at sea, two European Championship decisions, a compact programme in seven classes: The Travemünde Week is not allowing itself a break, even at the halfway point, completing races in piecework and preparing for further exciting days with title decisions at World, European and German level. Anderl Denecke, the overall race director, also went into raptures: "Perfect day, we got all the races through. Nice wind, great waves. It was dream conditions," was his summary comment.
Some Hobies come, others go. While the end of the qualification for the Hobie 16s meant that the decision had been made as to who would be allowed to compete in the gold fleet of the European Championships in the open class from Thursday onwards, the Hobie Dragoon and Hobie 14s were already able to celebrate. The final day of their European Championships brought another exhausting race programme in strong winds, but no more changes at the top of the fields.
Tanja Rindt was thus able to celebrate her first European Championship title. In the male-dominated Hobie 14 field, the 50-year-old prevailed mainly due to her strong performance on the first two days. "We had a little less wind then. That suits me more as I have a bit less weight than many competitors. The boat ran very well," said the new European champion, who already had to take pressure out of the sail in the stronger wind. But with constant results in the top ten she defended her leading position. "I didn't expect that. I have been German champion before, but that was a few years ago. I didn't expect it to go so well here now." It was not until this season that Tanja Rindt set her pole again after a two-year break due to a thigh injury. "That's when I had to change the rig tension because the old setting was no longer right." The unintentional new trim paid off. Her catamaran ran fast and held. "I am very happy about that because I have one of the oldest boats in the field. Above all, I am happy that my leg held. Now I'm going to treat myself to a few beers, and then from tomorrow I'll relax at Lake Plön." At the award ceremony, she stood at the top of the podium alongside second-placed André Hauschke (Zülpich) and dethroned defending champion Gerard Loos (Spain).
An all-Italian podium was formed by the sailors in the Hobie Dragoon class. From the first day, Leonardo Vascellari/Gaia Benedetta Frau held the lead and never relinquished it, allowing themselves to return to the beach in the last race before the end of the race. Behind the new European champions, Agnese Pozzi/Alice Lan Cacciotti as well as Luna Castriotta/Lara Manca took the following places.
For the Hobie 16, the next four days will be all about the European Championship title. Athletes from nine nations have made the cut of the 48 teams that are allowed to start in the gold fleet.
The Frenchmen Thomas Proust/Clement Martineau can hardly be dissuaded from their course towards the World Championship title. Before the two remaining races, they have built up a small points cushion over their compatriots Emmanuel le Chapelier/Eric le Bouedec and the Dutchmen Robin and Sander Mineur. Behind them, there is already a big gap, so the medals are already awarded - only the colour for the three teams still has to be decided.
The folk boats will also go into their finals on Thursday at their German best determination. They have one race left on the schedule and Walther Furthmann from Strande has built a small lead over Ulf Kipcke (Kiel) and Jürgen Breitenbach.
Freshly started into the Travemünde Week are the ynglings and keelhaulers. For the Ynglings, it will be decided by Saturday who the new World Championship title holders are. And Marten Jamin from the Netherlands has already shown that this title will only go to him. With places 2, 1, 2 on the first day, he had an almost perfect start into the World Championships. After two races, Herbert and Elisabeth Kujan from Forggensee in Bavaria are the leaders of the keelhaulers.