The thermal influences in the Bay of Lübeck can be relied upon: The wind did not set in until around noon on the eighth regatta day of the Travemünde Week, but then turned up with the support of the sun to bring the championships of the Ynglings and Dyas to a perfect end and to add more races to the list for the other classes. Only the kite-foilers stumbled. The north-easterly breeze of the past few days washed seaweed onto the courses and slowed down the sailors under the kite.
Mission accomplished! This was the motto of the gold medal at the World Yngling Championships won by the Dutch Maarten Jamin/Cristel Pessers/Jaap Smolders. In 2014, Jamin already had both hands on the World Championship title off Travemünde when he went into the final day with a large lead, but then squandered everything with the wrong choice of headsail and tumbled to second place. "That was a bit of a trauma," the 60-year-old reported with a smile. Now he has also beaten Lübeck Bay to claim his fifth World Championship title in the Yngling class overall. "That was the declared goal. The conditions were very good for us. We like the wave, and not many of the other crews have this experience," says the Amsterdam native, who ponders when asked about his home turf: "Europe!" In addition to yngling, Jamin sails O-Jolle and J/70s, and plans to compete in the J/70 class world championships off Monaco in October.
The Dutchman is grateful that the Yngling World Championship could take place at all. It was actually planned in Slovenia, but then the organiser cancelled. Spontaneously, the class found a replacement organiser in Travemünde Week. "We are happy that we were able to sail. The organisation did a very good job. The fleet was a bit smaller than last time due to the change of location. That was because some families had already planned their holidays in Slovenia," said the new World Champion, who won ahead of Austria's Stefan Frauscher and Belgium's Stefan Wuyts. Ralf Teichmann from Wesel am Rhein fell to fourth place due to a botched last run.
The new German champions in the Dyas were able to relax and watch the final race from land. Actually, Arndt Fingerhut/Andreas Malcher (Edersee), who had already won the title the day before, also wanted to take to the track for the final race. After the postponement of the start, however, they took the opportunity to get the boat ready for departure in time and to prepare for the award ceremony. The picture changed once again in the chasing places. Norbert Schmidt/Jannik Monreal from the Mosel pulled ahead of Manfred and Maximilian Appel (Tegernsee) into silver.
On the final day, Harry Voss (Steinhuder Meer) safely defended his lead in the O-Jolle. A second place was enough for him to relegate the Dutch duo Mark Tigchelaar and Sybrand Vochteloo to the other podium places. From the first race to the final, Herbert and Elisabeth Kujan (Forggensee) were at the top of the Kielzugvogel and finally celebrated a well-deserved victory ahead of Wolfgang Emrich/Klaus Ebbinghaus (Wörthsee) and Michael Hotho/Jochen Wiepking (Steinhuder Meer).
The Formula Kite class took to the track late on Saturday and then only for two races. Sea grass on the course was a scenario the kiters had already feared. "In summer, the Baltic Sea is not ideal for kiting because you always have to deal with a lot of seaweed. Even the smallest bit of it on the foil slows you down," said second-placed Jan Vöster. Due to the conditions, Australian Hector Paturau, who is currently in third place, crashed in the second race and damaged his kite. To avoid further damage to material or people, the kiters made their way back to the beach after two races. Even if no more starts are possible tomorrow, the Formula Kiters can be satisfied. They have already completed 14 races in three days, which means that three strings are possible. The order at the top of the field remains unchanged. Frenchman Alexander Ehlen, who starts for Monaco, leads the field by a wide margin. German junior kiter Jan Vöster is in second place, followed by Hector Paturau in bronze.
At the European Hobie 16 Championship, the medal hopes of the host teams have been dampened for the time being. After a total of twelve races, Jens Goritz/Anke Delius (Föhr) are lurking in fourth place as the best German crew. Italy's Gessa Pierandrea/Roberto Dessy have taken the lead despite a slip-up in the last race. They are followed by the former world champion Daniel Björnholt from Denmark with his foresailer Josephine Frederiksen. Third place went to the defending European Champions Stefan Griesmeyer/Caterina Degli Uberti, who are competing under the Italian flag.
The Formula18 catamarans had a packed day. After their races in the ranking regatta for the Travemünde Week, they also turned into the Trave for the show races. While the father-son team of Jesse and Sven Lindstädt set the tone on the Baltic Sea course, Tom Heinrich/Kilian Feindt (Kiel/Lübeck) came out on top in the Volksbank Trave Race. They were thus also able to accept the prize money cheque of 300 euros from Volksbank board member Bernhard Rogge. "We can use it well, because there is always something to repair on the boat. Just yesterday, our mainsheet broke," reported Tom Heinrich, who took off nine years ago off Travemünde by winning the World Championship title in the Hobie Dragoon class and is now hoping to be represented at the 2028 Olympics off Los Angeles and win a medal. But then in the 49er class.