|District 13 Regatta Report|| |
Mon Sep 21st, 2009 through Thu Sep 24th, 2009
| Sailed at the Augsburger Segler-Club e.V., Utting, Germany.|
Before the start of the IDM Star 2009 the traditional group of representatives of the Augsburg sailing club took the path to Andechs, to ask God's blessing for wind and good luck for the coming days. By boat from Utting to Herrsching and then on foot up to the Holy Mountain. Once there, as usual in many previous years, they donated a lighted candle. Dr Ernst Georg Oeser, sports director and organizer of the IDM, Frank Morell and the treasurer of the ASC and Navy secretary, Roland "Sakra", took over this important job. Subsequently, the pilgrims were allowed to regain their strength at the saloon with beer and roast pork.
May all the wishes and prayers will be answered
Some of the Star boats were still in Weymouth at the ISAF World Cup, testing the waters for the 2012 Olympic Games, or had come from the "Warm-Up Race", the "Crown Prince Rupprecht Prize" at BYC on the previous weekend. This is late-summer weather, and up to 2 Bft. Wind from north-east was predicted.
A total of seven races are scheduled on the Ammersee, of which at least four must be completed to declare the championship.
With 41 teams competing, the club was happy with the number of entries. The fact that the championship took place during the week, has a simple reason: It is in between two other regattas in Southern Germany. Completely open, however, is the outcome of the championship, because this will depend mainly on the wind. "The favorites from northern Germany, of course, are accustomed to very different wind" says Morell, and so may be to the advantage of the ASC sailors – and certainly also opportunities exist in the up-and-down character of the winds for quick position changes.
On day one, ex-470 sailor "Shorty" Schiffer with Crew Niels Hentschel, sailing an Austrian registered boat, won the first and only race. Calm late summer weather with 2 Bft. from the north caused a late race (start time: 16.20 clock). Second was Schmid / Gundlagen before the "Old International" Manfred Meyer with Daniele Dimartino on the foredeck. The two were in front of Fritz Werner, well ahead of Dr. von Linde and Hüttermann, winner of the "Crown Prince Rupprecht) . Thirty nine boats from 3 countries (AUT, RUS, GER) were at the start. The day had begun with a Weißwurstfrühstück and brass bands and it ended with the annual meeting of the German Star class Association (VDSTV).
Race day two and the 2nd and 3rd races: As expected in late summer, it was a quiet situation.. There were only 1-2 Bft. of north winds. However, after a long waiting period, race director Dr. Oeser was able to run two races. The victories today went to Fritz / Seeberger and Burmester / Burmester. The former are now leading overall. Second - but already 8 points back after 3 races, are Hüttermann / Hüttermann , who already showed their skills last weekend, winning in Starnberg. Equal on points in third followed Merkelbach / Bartel with the local hero Olbrysch / spun . Just behind them came the first North Germans, Diercks / Braasch. The winner of the day yesterday, Schiffer / Hentschel, were disqualified in the second race. With their 5th Place in the 3rd Race, they showed that their victory was not an accident yesterday and they are still among the favorites. If a drop race was to be counted, , they were clearly in the one and the South and North Germans must familiarize themselves with the thought of getting a champion from the West.
Race day two: no start
Race day three:
You need strong nerves at 2 Bft., Especially with clouds and at the end of a long race when is almost dark (17.45 clock). Fritz Werner and Ulli Seeberger were indeed "only" second in the race behind the runnersup Ludger Hüttermann / Daniel Hüttermann , but took the overall win. Taking the bronze were Merkelbach / Bartel with anoather 7 points gap. Best "foreigners" were the winners of the first race, Schiffer / Hentschel The best non-German skipper, Lorenz Zimmermann (SUI) sailing with Flensburg, Niels Hollweg took 17th overall. Other foreigners were Berezhoy / Masalov (RUS) in 25th.
It was a nerve-wracking championship and it succeeded because of the persistence of the Race Committee. Thanks to Dr. Oeser and his whole team (Dr. Morell, F. Oeser, U. Fischer, W. Liebner, C. v. Thülen, G. Nietzsche and those who work beind the scenes).
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