the end of the German championships on the Seebahn, Rasmus gave the
offshore sailors at the Kieler Woche another big treat. With gusts
around 30 knots the teams had to fight in two races on the Alpha
course, but happily returned to the harbour afterwards. Because for
many of them the season's highlight was also the first regatta in
this line-up. So the respective champions, "Sportsfreund" (ORC I+II)
and "Immac Fram" (ORC III + IV), enjoyed the action to the full,
although they were already determined as winners before the final
Impressive was the presentation of the "Sportsfreund" in the group
of the big yachts. Without much preparation, the team got on the
boat and immediately returned to the successful mode of the previous
year. "The boat was pushed out of the hall on Wednesday last week
with the EM setting. Bertil Balser and the boys then set it up. I
myself was still on my way back from the Melges World Cup," reported
helmsman Gordon Nickel. "A big thank you to our owner Axel Seehafer
for making the start possible for us." Seehafer himself was not on
board, but could observe from a distance how the crew was getting
better and better. "In training on Friday it was still a bit bumpy.
We had a few changes in the crew. But after one or two starts, we
were back on track," says Nickel. The training curve finally
resulted in two victories on the final day, ahead of IDM titleholder
"Intermezzo" by Jens Kuphal (Berlin). "That was our goal. We still
had a score to settle with the German Championship. That's why we
went to the start," Nickel said. Behind the "Intermezzo" the "Xen"
of Torsten Bastiansen (Flensburg) won IDM bronze in the group ORC
The "Immac Fram" in the group of medium and small yachts (ORC
III+IV) had given itself a little more time to prepare for the IDM
than the "Sportsfreund". "When it was predictable in July that the
Kieler Woche would take place, we put the yacht on water", reported
helmsman Kai Mares. "Before that it didn't really make sense. You
need a goal that you can aim for. And then the self-imposed goal was
implemented perfectly: The Mares crew was only unable to win two
races in the nine-part series, thus achieving the same superiority
as when they won the title a year ago. How the project will now be
continued is not yet clear. Originally, a move to the Mediterranean
was planned for this year. Possibly this will be realised in 2021.
With second place in the IDM ranking of the ORC III+IV group, Knut
Freudenberg's "semi-dry" has achieved half of its own target.
Following his podium success in full crew strength, Freudenberg
intends to defend his title from last year in the IDM for
double-handed crews in the second half. The "Stony VIII" by Steen
Toftebjerg (Denmark) finished third.
The "Bostik Bad Boys" of Jan Schmidt (Flensburg) were happy about
the group victory in the ORC IV. In the combined IDM ranking with
group III the team finished fifth.