list of starters at the 21st blueribboncup (August 21-23) is
impressive: the German ORCi champion “Intermezzo,” the new
“Halbtrocken” and “Imagine”, prominent offshore sailors like
Matthias Müller von Blumencron, and Olympians like Robert Stanjek
and Tobias Schadewaldt have registered. Gerhard Clausen sails with
his Tripp 75 Doublehanded, and it is one of the first major regatta
appearances of the new Dehler 30od. With a total of 45 yachts, this
strong fleet starts on August 21st with a race to Fyn in Denmark.
Even as the blueribboncup 2020 is being held under completely
different race conditions, with different challenges and a new
course, one thing remains constant: the enormous interest. And the
names at the start promise high quality. "We are pleased about the
enormous popularity and the appearance of the new projects, but of
course also about our loyal regular customers," says the initiator
and organizer Eckhard von der Mosel. “We have found a format that is
sporty, varied and simply different. And it's nice that it's so
accepted,” he explains. But despite all the enthusiasm for sailing,
the top priority is the health of the participants and guests, so
that compliance with hygiene regulations has priority.
The blueribboncup is aimed at offshore-capable ORC club yachts and
double-handed crews with a CDL of 8.1 (or greater).
In the registration list of the full crew teams there are numerous
regulars, but also many new projects. The first group includes some
of the 32 starters: Christian Rönsch, who last year took third place
in ORC A on the way to Copenhagen with his J-111 “Piranha”, Werner
Lemmel (ASC) from Berlin with his Swan 46 “Rarotonga“ (2nd on the
way there, 3rd on the way back) and Dirk Clasen with “Ginkgo ”(RVE).
This H39 won the race back in the ORC B group last year.
The Match 42 “Intermezzo” (Schulz / Bläsi / Blankeneser Segel-Club)
is also a repeat entry. The team from Hamburg will meet their
namesake from Berlin this year, because another "Intermezzo," the
reigning German champion in Class ORCi I / II, will also compete in
the Blueribboncup. Jens Kuphal, owner and skipper of this
"Intermezzo," is looking forward to the first start in 2020. "We
have scheduled a few training units and want to use the regatta in
August to crank us up," said Kuphal. The Landmark 43 received an
extensive refit in England over the winter. In addition to tactician
Robert Stanjek (6th in the London Olympics in the Star) and yacht
optimizer Max Gurgel in the trimmer position, the two-time British
circumnavigator and Olympian Annie Lush also joins the team.
In the full crew entry list, the appearance of the new “Halbtocken
4.0” certainly deserves attention. Owner Michael Berghorn from the
Kiel Yacht Club has exchanged his X41 for a Mills 45. The offshore
racer penned by Mark Mills has sailed the major regattas in the
southern hemisphere off Australia under the name “Concubine” in
recent years. Big goals are offshore regattas like participation in
the Fastnet Race. But the first event on their program is the
Blueribboncup, before the IDM continues with Kieler Woche next
The TP 52 "Imagine" is also at the start for the first time. Holger
and Felix Linienbach (GYC) brought this former "Azzurra" - winner of
52 Super Series in 2012 - to Greifswald last winter.
And last but not least, Mathias Müller von Blumencron with his Class
40 “Red” is another notable participant. The 60-year-old journalist
is one of the most experienced ocean sailors in Germany. The
Shetland Race, Baltic 500, Channel Race, Fastnet Race, Atlantic
Anniversary Regatta ... this Hamburger was there. Tobias Schadewaldt
is also on board the “Red.” Born in Wilhelmshaven, he was a
successful Laser sailor and represented Germany at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London in a 49er. Schadewaldt won Kieler Woche three times
and has good memories of Kiel and its fjord.
Behind the name “Dojo” hides the winner of the regatta Around
Bornholm of Warnemünde Week, “t-time,” Jonas Franke’s Archambault
34. Another repeat entry with a new boat is Mathias Brückert (KYC),
who swapped his X-41 for "Moana," a Marten 49.
On board “Uijuijui” (Rainbow 42 / Bayerischer YC) with Oda and
Leopold Hausmann will be the next generation of offshore sailors,
with an average crew age of 22 years. “My kids are sailing
Blueribboncup with my boat, as it should be. They are in their early
20s, so it has to start. After all, my daughter was seventh at the
420 World Cup, so she should be able to do that around Fyn, ” says
Friedrich Hausmann (Chairman of the German Offshore Association).
Also on board is Max Marcour, son of Olympic silver medalist Michael
Marcour (1984 / Starboat / Achim Griese's bow). Tatjana Hoesch, a
distant niece of Vincent Hoesch, the multiple world champion in
various boat classes, is also part of the young crew from Bavaria.
This is the next generation daring the step into offshore sailing.
The yachts “Geronimo” (Falk Einecke / WSV / Anteros 36),
“Universitas” (Jannis Kaminski-Reith / ASV Rostock / Farr 42) and
“Inshallah IV” (Carl-Peter Forster / Bayersicher YC / MM 41) are
also known beyond the Baltic Sea. And last but not least, Prince
Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein (NRV) with his Andrews 56 “Broader
View,” is a welcome guest on the Kiel starting line.
Well-known starters can also be found in the Double handed group.
Gerhard Clausen (NRV) competes with his "Calypso" (Tripp 75) against
the "Marguax" (Menzebach / KYC / J99), "Jinx" (Tillmans / Ostsee YC
/ X35), "Stine" (Lange / CKA / Luffe 43 ), "Harp8" (Harpprecht /
TSVS / One Off) and "Lucy" (Strobach / KYC / A-31). Clausen, who
hardly missed anything on the water, has 12 Metre and America’s Cup
experience, competed with his Dovell 82 in front of Kiel and
Flensburg and now faces the competition, mostly less than half as
long, with his 75-foot yacht. The second largest yacht in the
double-hand field is the Swan 48 “Themis” (Meyer / OYC), followed by
the “Lavinia” (Hausberg / KYC / Grand Soleil 43).
The Dehler 30od class is being featured for the first time and is
hoping for Olympic status in the mixed double-hand offshore class.
With “Playharder” (Kruse / German Regatta Sailing Club), “Tutto
bene” (Hensel / ASV Rostock), “Crasyboat” (Sator / Offenbach),
“Power play” (Schmift-Rybandt / RVG) and “Joint Venture” (Barthel /
SC Dümmer) there are five in the current entry list.
Uwe Barthel is class manager of the Olympic Finn class and the new
Dehler 30od class association, which proves to be extremely
committed. The Dehler 30od will also be advertised as a unit class
for the Kiel Week. The German class association is planning its
first German Open in September as part of the Kiel Week. In 2024,
this new Olympic discipline will be launched in France for the first
time and will sail for Olympic medals. Maybe in the Dehler 30od.
The Blueribboncup takes place from Friday, August 21st to Sunday,
August 23rd, and leads from Kiel around Fyn back to Kiel. The start
takes place on Friday at 10:00 in front of the Kieler Yacht Club in
Kiel-Düsternbrook. From there it goes around Fyn via the checkpoints
there back to Kiel. On Saturday, the fastest participants are
expected back from the afternoon after the 200 nm long route. A
get-together and the award ceremony in Düsternbrook, probably
divided into start groups, will be organized for Sunday morning.
The registration fee has been adjusted, whereby the berth fees from
Thursday to Friday and Saturday to Sunday are included in the price,
according to the organizers. At 0800 on Friday, the virtual
helmsman's meeting with race director Andreas Herbst (KYC) is
scheduled via GoToMeeting. Only the current course (left or right
around Fyn) is announced.
Before it goes to the starting line, the public on land can also
watch a traditional ceremony from the first row: wearing a life
jacket, the entire crew has to stand at the railing to say goodbye.
“We then take a photo of each crew and so we know that everyone is
on board. This ceremony is also called "Ecky’s Kiel Gate." And at
the same time, the participants present themselves to the spectators
on land, who are welcome in Düsternbrook, taking into account safe