District 13  Regatta Report

Mon May 2nd, 2016 through Sat May 7th, 2016

2016 SSL City Grand Slam

 

Sailed at Hamburg, Germany.
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Star Sailors League: Head Out of the Boat Conditions

Hamburg, Germany (May 3, 2016) – The first Star Sailors League City Grand Slam got underway today with three races for 86 Star teams on Lake Alster. The fleet was evenly divided into three groups for this first round of qualifying races.

There were a few surprises as the rapidly changing conditions caught out many of the teams taking part, resulting in several World Class Star Sailors failing to make the top ten after day one. With two more days of racing in the qualifying rounds scheduled, it is still early days but today’s conditions showed the venue to be an exceptionally challenging place to race. The key to today’s top performers was starting well and keeping your ‘head out of the boat’ to anticipate changes in the wind.

The Norwegian/ American team of Eivind Melleby and Josh Revkin put in a stellar performance with three firsts to lead the field. Melleby has been away from the Star fleet for some time but his young crew from Connecticut is a rising star, having come third in last month’s Star World Championship with Brian Ledbetter.

"We had to fight all the way," commented Melleby. "There are many world class sailors at the regatta and many more that know this lake very well. To be honest, I am a little surprised that we were so quick. The last time I raced was over a year ago but our speed was very good and so was our starting procedure."

In second is Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki, scoring two straight bullets and a rare tie for first place in the last race with Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi.

"I have grown up sailing on lakes, so this was not unusual for me," noted Kusznierewicz. "Dominik and I have not sailed together as often as some of the other teams but in the past we have sailed together for so long and we have a fantastic understanding, it is like knowing how to ride a bicycle. It was our good starts and boat speed that were gave us the results today."

The young American team of Luke Lawrence and Ian Coleman put in a top class performance, scoring a win and two second places to end the day third overall. They are one of the youngest teams racing at the SSL City Grand Slam and came fifth at last month’s Star World Championship in April.

"We got off the line well today and kept in simple," commented Lawrence. "For the short first upwind leg, we decided to go for the right hand side of the course, as coming in on starboard tack was nearly always going to pay. Even if the left had a better breeze or a bit of bias, it is far better to come into the first top mark with rights."

Other top performers today included local sailors, Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy, who finished the day in fourth place and fellow Germans, Michael Koch and Carsten Witt, who finished the day in fifth place. Racing resumes tomorrow for the second day of the qualifying rounds with light winds are forecast for the day.

Day Two:
There were snakes and ladders on the second day of qualifying rounds for the Star Sailors League City Grand Slam on Lake Alster, set in the heart of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. A light gradient wind from the north produced difficult conditions to master. The land effects around the lake produced a course with more traps than a prophet’s tomb. Tomorrow is the last day for the qualifying section of the SSL City Grand Slam, the top 30 boats will go through to the second round and 56 teams will be eliminated.

Day Three
The sun shone brightly on the City of Hamburg today, as three million people celebrated the 827th birthday of its harbour. Thousands of locals and visitors lined the banks of Lake Alster to watch the third day of the SSL City Grand Slam, 86 Star Teams raced in three flights and put on a spectacular show on a tight windward leeward course. The top and bottom marks were within yards of parklands and bridges crammed with racing fans. After a delayed start, allowing an easterly breeze to settle in, the NRV race committee set inch perfect courses. With legs of just 600 metres, great starts and instinctive boat handling was at a premium today.

In the first heat, Italian duo, Negri & Lambertenghi won a battle royal against two passed Star World Champions. Germans Stanjek & Kleen led at the start, nailing the committee boat end of the line to lead at the first mark. Negri & Lambertenghi and Polish team Kusznierewicz & Zycki, were hot after the Italians, but once into clean air, Negri & Lambertenghi kept it simple to win the race. The Poles and Italians were locked in battle right up to the downwind finish. Stanjek & Kleen stayed high, refusing to let the rapid Polish team pass to windward, but a spectacular gybe by the Poles, nearly wiping the stern off the Germans, put them to windward and through to steal their wind. Three textbooks roll gybes in the last few metres, saw the Polish team slide through the line sideways, just edging the Germans into third place.

Kusznierewicz & Zycki finished the day at the top of the leader board to win the coveted Heinz-Nixdorf Trophy. "We are very happy with the boat and our performance – commented Dominik Zycki – The first round has been very enjoyable which has helped us remain relaxed and in control. However, tomorrow, we will just be down to the top 30 boats and there will be a lot of pressure to make the top ten, let alone stay on top to get a bye to the final. We will not change our style, things are going well, so we intend to just continue."

The second heat of the day was won by five time Olympic medallist, Volvo Ocean Race and Louis Vuitton winning skipper, Torben Grael, racing with Stefano Lillia: Grael left it late to take the lead. Approaching the last top mark, Hellmich & Lacher were leading but Torben Grael & Stefano Lillia passed the German pair, which held on to second, just ahead of Michael Koch & Carsten Witt.

The last flight of the day produced a fantastic battle between a German team and the reigning Star World Champions, Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada. Hubert Rauch & Kilian Weise got away to a great start at the committee boat end and accelerated into an early lead. Diaz & Prada went for the pin end and judged the line perfectly, but it was the other side of the course that paid, and Rauch & Weise led the fleet. By the last leg, Diaz & Prada were all over Rauch & Weise and in the private battle, Diaz & Prada took the lead, on the last leg, to take the gun. Rauch & Weise were second with the young German team of Dominik Fallaise & Markus Kattenbusch in third.

Racing continues tomorrow for the top 30 teams in the SSL City Grand Slam. Carrying points through to the second round, four to five races are scheduled and the overall winner will get a bye through to the final. Second place will get a bye through to the semi-final. Of the thirty teams racing tomorrow, only the top ten will survive, as the SSL City Grand Slam goes into the knock- out stages.

Final: Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) are the Star Sailors League (SSL) City Grand Slam Champions, winning 3000 points for the SSL ranking system and US$25000. After an intense battle between 86 Star teams, battling through fourteen races in just five days, a boat length was the only difference. On tight windward-leeward courses on Lake Alster, Hamburg, Germany, some of the finest, most intense yacht racing was witnessed by over 100,000 people.

Thousands of people from the city of Hamburg watched from the banks of the lake, and over 80,000 people around the world, watched the drama unfold live over the Internet. The superb facilities and race management of the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein were outstanding, and the 172 Star sailors that took part were a fine example of the ferocity, but also gentlemanly conduct, in the sport of sailing.

"I can say that was great, because it was so hard", commented Xavier Rohart, "In this fleet you never knew if you would be first or last and after a great start I was thinking, this is our chance. We pushed hard at the start and we got in front, in clear air we could increase our lead. Then right at the end, the competition was coming with the wind and there was nothing we could do, except to keep a good angle and wait and we got the fresh breeze, just before the finish.

To win with Pierre-Alexis (Ponsot) is something special, we trained together for four years before the London Olympic Games and although we had a couple of good results, we did not feel good at the games, so there was something unfinished. Now with the Star Sailors League, this new movement, we have the opportunity to create something new and achieve something new, and it is wonderful that we can do that together."

Norway’s Elvind Melleby, racing with American Josh Revkin were second taking 2764 SSL Ranking points and US$15,000. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) were third taking 2528 SSL Ranking points and US$10,000. Negri and Lambertenghi (ITA) were fourth taking 2292 SSL Ranking points and US$8000. The SSL Ranking points will be updated next week, top ranking sailors will go to the SSL Finals in Nassau later this year.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 QF 13 SF 14 Final Total
1 FRA 8237   Xavier Rohart   Pierre-Alexis Ponsot   FRA 8237   NI   2 1 11 9 17 4 18 4 1 7 2 3 2 1 41
2 NOR 8317   Eivind Melleby   Joshua Revkin   NOR 8317   NOR   1 1 1 2 3 12 7 DNF 6 4 10 2 3 2 35
3 POL 8404   Mateusz Kuznierewicz   Dominik Zycki   POL 8404   ISOL   1 1 1.5 4 1 2 3 3 23 8 6 - 1 3 53.5
4 ITA 8497   Diego Negri   Sergio Lambertenghi   ITA 8497   VE   17 2 1.5 5 5 1 2 2 3 2 1 - - 4 21.5
5 GER 8442   Johannes Polgar   Markus Koy   GER 8442   Ess   3 2 6 6 1 4 5 16 4 3 14 4 4 - 42
6 USA 8465   Augie Diaz   Bruno Prada   USA 8465   BisB   2 3 8 3 7 1 1 5 12 13 3 5 5 - 37
7 BRA 8510   Torben Grael   Stefano Lillia   BRA 8510   Gua   4 4 4 BFD 5 1 12 7 2 10 8 1 6 - 45
8 USA 8320   George Szabo   Patrick Ducommun   USA 8320   SDB   4 8 4.5 1 1 10 8 12 7 5 15 6 - - 38.5
9 GER 8204   Michael Koch   Carsten Witt   GER 8204   KF   6 3 3 7 2 3 9 8 5 15 11 7 - - 39
10 USA 8323   Eric Doyle   Payson Infelise   USA 8323   SDB   3 12 4 8 3 6 20 11 10 1 7 8 - - 46
11 USA 2   Luke Lawrence   Ian Coleman   USA 2   BisB   1 2 2 2 8 9 4 RET 8 22 49
12 GER 8340   Robert Stanjek   Frithjof Kleen   GER 8340   BF   3 6 4.5 1 5 3 22 1 24 16 55.5
13 RUS 8281   Alexey Zhivotovskiy   Lev Shnyr   RUS 8281   Mosc   6 5 3 7 3 15 15 15 11 28 65
14 ITA 7488   Roberto Benamati   Alberto Ambrosini   ITA 7488   Gar   5 5 14 11 10 BFD 11 6 26 9 71
15 BRA 8172   Francisco Siemsen   Arthur Lopes   BRA 8172   Cop   12 6 7 8 2 25 6 21 14 25 76
16 GER 1122   Jan Seekamp   Bjorn Schutte   GER 1122     6 3 6 12 12 8 16 28 9 20 80
17 GER 8378   Frank Tusch   Sven Winkelmann   GER 8378   Moh   4 7 23 14 6 15 26 17 15 6 84
18 GER 7860   Alexander Hagen   Uli Seeberger   GER 7860   KF   7 10 9 19 4 17 DSQ 10 16 11 84
19 CRO 8339   Marin Lovrovic   Dan Lovrovic   CRO 8339   ISOL   2 25 8 1 BFD 9 10 20 18 14 87
20 GER 8225   Helge Spehr   Jesper Spehr   GER 8225   KF   14 10 2 DNF 8 6 27 14 13 21 88
21 SWE 8352   Lars Edwall   Hakan Lundgren   SWE 8352   Kat   13 4 6 15 17 4 19 22 20 12 93
22 GER 8355   Christian Paucksch   Peter Hubner   GER 8355   Sta   18 14 8 10 6 8 14 19 25 17 96
23 FIN 8121   Jesper Sundman   Tom Sundman   FIN 8121   FIN   11 14 5 6 12 14 13 26 17 19 97
24 USA 8464   Jack Jennings   Phil Trinter   USA 8464   LS   12 4 1 19 24 6 24 18 22 18 100
25 DEN 8380   Johnny Jensen   Frederik Jeppesen   DEN 8380   DF   15 5 19 3 11 20 17 9 21 29 100
26 NED 8381   Haico De Boer   Matthias Wolff   NED 8381   Med   16 7 10 4 10 14 DSQ 13 28 24 110
27 GER 8491   Ulrich Vater   Karsten Morf   GER 8491   BF   9 8 7 RDG 10 7 16 25 27 19 26 111
28 GER 8109   Thorsten Hulsmann   Magnus Bothe   GER 8109   Moh   14 21 16 2 4 5 21 25 DNF 27 114
29 GER 8299   Joachim Hellmich   Stefan Lacher   GER 8299   Moh   10 13 12 BFD 8 2 23 23 DNF DNC 122
30 SWE 8433   Calle Schroder   Alex Schroder   SWE 8433   Kat   8 51.0 12 6 9 19 28 24 27 23 126
31 GER 8450   Hubert Merkelbach   Gerrit Bartel   GER 8450   UB   5 13 15 BFD 9 11 53
32 GER 8361   Stefan Lehnert   Dietmar Hobbie   GER 8361   Brm   22 16 10 12 4 12 54
33 DEN 8261   Rune Schytt   Henrik Ahrentsen   DEN 8261   DF   7 DNC 5 5 26 12 55
34 NED 8334   Thomas Allart   Christian Gianni   NED 8334   Hol   7 9 3 26 20 18 57
35 UKR 8119   Pavlo Bondar   Mykola Dmytrenko   UKR 8119   EUkr   21 6 14 11 29DPI 8 60
36 GER 7866   Philip Behn   Matthias Wolff   GER 7866   HF   11 7 10 DNF 19 13 60
37 CRO 8360   Marin Misura   Tonko Barac   CRO 8360   Dal   5 DNF DNC 4 18DPI 5 62
38 DEN 8428   Frank Berg   Martin Hejlsberg   DEN 8428   DF   25 18 21 16 2 7 64
39 GER 7920   Andreas Dellwig   Oliver Hahne   GER 7920   Moh   13 22 19 3 25 7 64
40 GER 8400   Jorg Mellis   Uli Daub   GER 8400   Ess   14 19 7 9 18 20 67
41 SUI 8351   Henrik Dannesboe   Jan Bonhoeffer   SUI 8351   Sem   12 8 18 14 15 DNC 67
42 GER 8179   Klaus Meyer   Jorg Muller   GER 8179   Brm   8 16 20 9 15DPI 25 68
43 GER 7806   Wulf Kahl   Wulf Peter Kahl   GER 7806   Lub   19 13 15 10 11 24 68
44 NED 7584   Alwin Van Daelen   Jean Louis Flier   NED 7584   Med   10 11 13 DNF 27 9 70
45 CHI 8173   Frank Schonfeldt   Carlos Schultz Oettinger   CHI 8173   Val   19 10 25 15 23 5 72
46 ITA 8373   GUIDO FALCIOLA   Luca Paloschi   ITA 8373   FdAL   22 14 12 27 6 18 72
47 GER 8027   Sonke Westphal   Andreas Kaerger   GER 8027   HF   9 11 16 20 16 BFD 72
48 GER 7483   Nils Hansen   Sven Johannsen   GER 7483   HF   15 12 14 5 27 DNF 73
49 GER 7557   Florian Richter   Sebastian Richter   GER 7557   Lub   19 9 11 DNF 21 13 73
50 GER 8093   Tobias Brinkmann   Marko A Hasche   GER 8093     11 9 19 DNC 16 18 73
51 GER 8118   Tillmann Wiese   Benni Brau   GER 8118   Brm   20 17 9 17 12 19 74
52 GER 8414   Achim Griese   Michael Marcour   GER 8414   KF   13 DNF DNC 11 7 15 76
53 GER 8384   Frank Thurner   Michael Ziller   GER 8384   GER   22 12 7 18 21 19 77
54 GER 768   Rainer Kamrath   Henning Wiezorke   GER 768     16 23 DNF 12 14 13 78
55 SWE 7978   Ingvar Krook   Christoffer Lundgren   SWE 7978   AR   16 15 13 22 13 22 79
56 GER 8213   Felix Gold   Norbert Peter   GER 8213   KF   17 11 15 16 23 21 80
57 GER 8150   Olaf Richter   Andreas Kohler   GER 8150   Lub   24 19 17 20 9 17 82
58 GER 8416   Hubert Rauch   Kilian Weise   GER 8416   And   21 23 17 DNF 20 2 86
59 SWE 7758   Robert Sjogren   Mattias Heiding   SWE 7758   PN   18 15 22 7 22 DNF 84
60 DEN 8296   Flemming Sorensen   Niels Thrysoe   DEN 8296   DF   10 22 17 25 25 10 84
61 GER 8124   Uwe Hannemann   Annette Dahms   GER 8124   Ess   28 20 24 14 15 11 84
62 GER 8346   Thomas Kohler   Christian Knoll   GER 8346   AM   18 18 16 13 19 21 84
63 GER 8130   Henning Voigt   Dirk Struve   GER 8130   Aac   20 21 13 BFD 17 14 85
64 GER 7674   Dominik Fallais   Markus Kattenbusch   GER 7674   Aac   23 27 26 15 19 3 83
65 GER 8020   Thomas Appel   STEPHAN WAGNER   GER 8020   Sta   23 17 11 22 14 26 87
66 GER 8483   John H Helmsing   John Schlubach   GER 8483   HF   17 15 18 18 20 24 88
67 GER 8262   Jochen Diercks   Herbert Braasch   GER 8262   Lub   20 16 RET DNF 13 11 90
68 GER 99   Tim Kamrath   Axel Schulte   GER 99     21 21 21 13 15 22 91
69 POL 8365   Mariusz Modrzynski   Maciej Dabrowski   POL 8365   ISOL   28 20 28 8 BFD 10 94
70 GER 8190   Florian Kuke   Lars Lensing Hebben   GER 8190   BF   9 18 21 25 25 28 98
71 GER 8005   Jurgen Paust   Stefan Paust   GER 8005     DNF DNC DNC 13 11 16 100
72 SUI 8133   Urs Infanger   Oleg Chtchetinine   SUI 8133   Luv   24 26 20 DNF 14 17 101
73 GER 8321   Arnd Glunde   Marcel Beltz   GER 8321   And   15 19 18 DNF 28 21 101
74 GER 7272   Reiner Petersen   Oliver Berger   GER 7272   BF   24 25 23 23 21 16 107
75 GER 7686   Robin Nolte   Andree Nolte   GER 7686   Glu   23 24 22 24 18 22 109
76 POL 8417   Ireneusz Stawiany   Jakub Stawiany   POL 8417   ISOL   26 20 20 21 19 27 114
77 USA 8310   Benjamin Sternberg   Stuart MacIntosh   USA 8310   CLIS   19 DNF DNC DNF 24 23 115
78 GER 7466   Gunter Kellermann   Erik Kellermann   GER 7466   Glu   26 28 27 DNF 28DPI 7 116
79 ITA 83   Edoardo Cattapan   Tommaso Saponaro   ITA 83     25 DNC DNC 21 16 26 118
80 GER 7449   Peer Petersen   Frank Wiesner   GER 7449   Brm   27 26 26 17 26 23 118
81 GER 8311   Axel Hampe   Christian Conrads   GER 8311   ZuW   25 27 24 DNF 22 20 118
82 SUI 7948   Alexander Tennigkeit   Jo Schwarz   SUI 7948   UB   27 DSQ 27 23 22 27 126
83 NED 8350   Hein Dijksterhuis   Jim Dijksterhuis   NED 8350   LO   DNC DNF DNC DNF 18 24 132
84 GER 7859   Peter Toedt   Stefan Kashammer   GER 7859   HF   26 24 25 DNF DNC DNC 133
85 GER 7251   Henning Dieckmann   Michael Heinlein   GER 7251   Glu   DNF 28 28 DNF 29 23 138
86 USA 8507   Jim Revkin   Hannes Lindauer   USA 8507   BH   DNF DNC DNC 24 30DPI 25 139

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