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Guest from the Far East takes the trophy

07/29/2016 11:09:00

Many attempts, not much gained. The general weather situation at the Travemuender Woche 2016 with not much pressure difference in the North of Germany is nerve-racking for sailors and race committee.  Leaving the harbour, starting, cancelling the race, returning to the harbour and waiting, waiting, waiting.  Only a few classes were rewarded for their patience on Thursday. While the catamarans and skiffs had to postpone their start into the Travemuender Woche due to the lacking wind, the J/22 had to get out onto the water quite late for their start of the German Open. Among the five RS classes the 200, 400, and 500 were lucky enough to sail at least one race. The Splash Blue and Red had anyhow planned their rest day of their championship's program.  The Laser Standard sailors had their prize giving ceremony, having finished the Travemuender Woche with four races in total, without having been again on the water today.

Laser Standard
In a fleet with mainly German sailors, a guest from the Far East won. Gerald Williams from Hong Kong left the 25 competitors from five nations behind with the positions 1,2,1,2 and thus did crown his stay in Europe, that has been lasting several weeks. He had already been at the start line at the Kiel Week, where he only ended up on rank 37. Now he could celebrate on the very top of the podium.  "I could handle the shifting wind conditions well", explained the 20-year old, who is now travelling again to Kiel to participate in the U21 World Championship. His sister Marian is with him, who had been on rank 13 at the International German Youth Championship of the Laser 4.7 in Travemuende: "It is my goal to get into the top 20 in Kiel. Maybe even the top 10 is possible", said Gerald Williams. The beaten German sailors were surprised about Williams' success. "He actually didn't start well. But his manoeuvres were good and he had a consistent series", said the second-placed Philipp Roitsch (Hamburg/Germany), adding: "I would needed one more day to get him." Eric Malach (Zarrentin/Germany) was on rank three with the same point score with Roitsch.

J/22
"It has been worth waiting that long", reported race director Ralf Meier on the race course of the J/22. His fleet did not leave the Trave until 4pm to gather on the race course close to the shore of the Mecklenburg coast and could enjoy a late sea breeze at 6pm. "In the end, we head wonderful conditions with nine to ten knots of wind", stated Meier, who did manage three quick races, a good program for the start of the German Open. Despite a consistent series of three second positions at the finish, the crew of Martin Menzner (Stein/Germany) was not in the top position on the list in the evening. When back ashore, the trio had to realise, they had been disqualified in the first race due to an early start. Thus Reiner Brockerhoff (Duisburg/Germany), the third of the Worlds last year, is leading with a series of 4, 1, 5.

RS 200, 400, 500
For the RS 200, 400, and 500, the day did not change anything in the leading positions, although the two-crew boat classes did sail at least one race. The Swedish sailors Martin and Axel Johansson do manage to break through the superior strength of the British RS sailors at the Worlds of the RS 500 with many international participants.

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