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Germany, National Championship 2013

Zwischenahner Segel Klub, 3 - 6 October 2013

Report by Greg Wilcox

Wind conditions: Race 1 & 2 : 20 kn
Race 3, 4 & 5: raising from 8kn to 18kn
Race 6, 7, & 8: raising from 3kn to 6kn

The return of the Mik Mak

This year the Nationals were in Bad Zwischenhahn. The lake is not so big however the fleet of 54 OK's had no problems all fitting in there. October is not the warmest month however there is usually wind. Unfortunately the direction was not perfect as it was more across the lake than along it. This meant the top mark was quite close to the shore creating some interesting wind shifts. As it was a holiday on the Thursday most of the sailors arrived Wednesday night and the bar was full until quite late with people catching up and telling stories.

Thursday we had 2 races in shifty and puffy conditions. As the top mark was close to shore and in less wind some big gaps opened up as the leaders got into the wind on the first reach and just disappeared. If you were not in the first bunch then the possibility to catch up was pretty much gone from there. Oliver Gronholz won the first race by about 20cm from André Budzein and Jørgen Svendsen another 30cm behind. André then won the second from Jørgen with Gunter Arndt a bit further back in 3rd. Most people had quite mixed results. The beer available on the ramp after sailing was a welcome sight for all and there were plenty of stories of gains and losses as it was a bit like playing snakes and ladders. As it was around 20kts in the gusts it was very interesting and demanding sailing. The German association had their annual meeting after a Bbq from the club. With the amount of free beer available it was surprising there were not many hangovers the next day. Then again it is good beer!

Friday dawned with a bit of fog and not so much wind. 3 races were planned and we managed, due to the efforts of the race committee to get them all in and in reasonable time. The 3rd race was quite light and the first 3 at the top mark were Bo Rekkers from Denmark (a former Dragon World Champion), Greg and Jule. Jule passed Greg downwind and these places stayed the same until the finish with André hanging on for 4th. The next 2 races were dominated by Jørgen Svendsen who simply sailed away from the fleet showing very good speed. Martin Von Zimmermann returned to form for a couple of well earned 2nds. The rest of the fleet were up and down and sometimes all over the place. The fleet was treated to another very nice dinner in the extremely hospitable club.

The plan was to have the last 3 races on Saturday so we could all party hard and then drive home on Sunday. It wasn't looking too good though as the morning appeared with no wind and fog covering the lake. However we are all pretty good at waiting around. Luckily it cleared and some wind arrived. The 6th race was started in not so much wind and Jørgen and André battled around the course. Jørgen had a good lead but when the wind died completely on the run it was André who took a big risk that paid off when the wind came in on his side. Jule snuck in for 2nd and Oliver 3rd with Jørgen 4th.

The start of the last race saw a group of the leaders start at the pin end (which was actually normal here) but Jule was basically just the fastest and she rolled the fleet to lead at the top mark. From there she just sailed away making no mistakes to win easily. Bo Rekkers snuck through on the run to get to 2nd and the rest where close with around 15 seconds between the next 8 boats at the bottom mark. It was a fairly short beat to the finish so some guys took some risks to get past and the places got a bit mixed up. In the end the day belonged to Jule though and she improved from 20th on the first day to 8th overall in the end.

Jørgen Svendsen was a deserving champion who sailed a very clean and clever regatta. It helped that he was also the fastest on the lake in any wind. André sailed well as usual for 2nd and Martin had his best result for some time to take 3rd. Greg was a clear 4th from Bo Rekkers Anderson.

One of the highlights of the regatta was that Mik Mak was back. He borrowed a boat and made the effort to come and eat a lot of ice cream and drink a lot of coffee and talk really a lot. This obviously took a lot out of him as only managed to finish 3 races. I guess he needs to work on his fitness for his finn campaign! Still it was great to see him and the other sailors from Denmark, France and Belgium who made the effort to get there.

Overall it was a nice and very well organized regatta. The club did a great job with food and drinks and the race organization was also good. The wind conditions made it interesting and I think everyone had their good and bad moments. In the end the best sailor won and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Marina and Jan-Dietmar for the fantastic prizes for all of the 54 competitors!

National Championship 2013 - Results
1DEN 1427Jørgen Svendsen3271142820.0
2GER 782André BudzienSYC2146718324.0
3GER 693Martin von ZimmermannSVAOE61052263630.0
4NZL 544Greg WilcoxPSV4735495937.0
5DEN 14Bo Reker Andersen1215149711246.0
6GER 772Oliver GronholzSSC1991012316448.0
7DEN 1280Jorgen Lindhardtsen55141431129557.0
8GER 767Juliane HofmannPSV17252151527159.0
9GER 773Rüdiger PrinzSCST1411OCS8659760.0
10GER 740Gunter ArndtFYC73169815102068.0
11GER 778Sönke BehrensSCOE961031121211272.0
12DEN 10Jens Lauge30811752741072.0
13GER 695Erik BorkSSCRa23181217191061193.0
14GER 787Ralf TietjeSVG84151810302525105.0
15GER 777Andreas PichLYC2820131117181313105.0
16GER 757Falk HagemannSWS383019161612115109.0
17GER 731Thomas GlasSSC261681218203118118.0
18GER 225Jan DisselSGS131463521293014127.0
19GER 762André HenningsCKA1617241313492032135.0
20GER 771Ralf MackmannSCH312217292881226142.0
21GER 775Jörg RademacherSCST41132020141424DNC146.0
22GER 765Rainer PospiechYCBG2423221920311533154.0
23POL 7Marek Bernat1933213731221719162.0
24GER 737Thorsten SchmidtSCV1026392223392328171.0
25GER 726Jörg SylvesterSSC2024273027363916180.0
26GER 690Carsten SaßLYC3927232432332721187.0
27GER 750Dirk DameSVM15DNC263234342822191.0
28GER 697Jörg PosnySCST3232343425231929194.0
29GER 632Fabian GronholzSSC2129434322193534203.0
30GER 727Frank StrelowLYC2221283338433830210.0
31GER 735Dirk GerickeSGE2531364633284124218.0
32GER 662Gerd BreitbartSCOE3636332829253435220.0
33GER 643Jürgen IllersSCO3434DNS2335243241223.0
34GER 1Andreas DeubelHSC1819DNSDNSDNS261827224.0
35GER 715Sven BeyeSSC42393236241636DNC225.0
36GER 607Christian HeinzeSCVDNCDNC313126402617229.0
37GER 642Claus StockhardtSSCP3528482736383731232.0
38BEL 214Paul VerrijdtDNCDNC293942131438233.0
39GER 688Ronald FoestDRS5042184149423323248.0
40GER 651Heinz RidderSVPB3737374441174443256.0
41GER 781Stefan HaageWYC4038402645374036257.0
42GER 567Jan BeckmannSVPB45DNC463846352239271.0
43GER 680Jan-Dietmar DellasOYC1112504750DNCDNCDNC286.0
44GER 774Michael WolfSSCP43DNC384240444337287.0
45GER 783Karsten KathSVN27DNC414544414844290.0
46GER 640Sven MarchotSGS4440494847324240293.0
47FRA 1823Guillaume De Kervénoael29352540DNFDNCDNCDNC303.0
48GER 1715Volker PaatzSVB4641474943454746315.0
49DEN 1414Jens Makitolm33DNC3021DNSDNCDNCDNC316.0
50GER 748Wilhelm KathSVNDNCDNC425030484545318.0
51DEN 1407Malte Pedersen48DNC352537DNCDNCDNC319.0
52FRA 1820Raymond DodardDNCDNC455148464642336.0
53GER 724Marina DellasOYC47DNC4453394750DNF338.0
54GER 630Norbert PetrauschTSVS49DNC515251504947349.0