|District 17 Regatta Report|| |
Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 through Sun Sep 25th, 2016
Podium at the Oktoberfest Regatta,
| Sailed at Herrschinger-segelclub, Germany.|
55th Oktoberfestregatta about the Konsul vanKempen Challenge Trophy (September 23-25) with three light wind races and 54 boats.
The 55th Oktoberfestregatta 2016 was organized by the "Herrschinger Segelclub" and the hosting fleet Andechser Flotte AND at the lake Ammersee during the 206th Oktoberfest in Munich.
After the death of honorable Konsul van Kempen in 2008 a new and valuable Trophy, a silver made star boat model, was donated by the family van Kempen as the perpetual Prize.
54 Inscriptions from the 6 Nations USA, Poland,Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany went into the Series, which traditionally is a Season-end highlight and one of the biggest race series of it's kind in Europe.
Klaus Pittrich, head of the race committee and chief organizer, together with his proven crew, did a great job as every year.
The traditional barbecue on Thursday as a welcome to the participants was perfectly performed like every year. With his long time experience, Secretary Heinz-Peter Nersinger and the Captain Martin Eckel with their crew managed to serve 400 pairs of sausages without any problem to sailors and their guests. Until late night, the sailors were enjoying the food and free beer from the famous brewery Kloster Andechs nearby in the comfortable club-house of HSC.
On Friday 23´th in the morning the sailors prepared and watered their boats in the club harbour with places kept free for everybody. The Bavarian jazz music and Weißwurst breakfast as by-program motivated the crews for the upcoming races.
In the afternoon after short postponement and a general recall a light wind race could be started with black flag. The winner was Roberto Benamati with Crew Alberto Ambrosini, both Garda Fleet.
In the evening , the sailors could relax in the club with Marinella´s Pasta dinner, or visit the famous Kloster Andechs with it´s brewery pub or also some went by train to near Munich City to join the original Oktoberfest. Beside this the Club bar opened to serve cocktails for the star sailors.
On Saturday morning a fog on the lake prevented sailing. In the afternoon light north eastern Winds with BFT.2 allowed to sail two further races. Race 2 was dominated by J.P. Chatagny/Serge Puffer, followed by the Gautschi family, while Benamati was lost at the end of the result list. On Race 3, Benamati won again, followed by Daniel Fritz/Uli Seeberger. At the end of this difficult light wind sailing day, the sailors were received in the club with sandwiches and Andechs beer.
On the evening of this very sunny sailing day the sailors enjoyed a Bavarian dinner with never ending quantities of beer and also alc. free and other beverages. After the Dinner the Club Cocktail bar opened and the Sailors enjoyed the evening with some drinks and relaxing music.
On Sunday morning, no further races could be sailed due to fog and calm.
The Oktoberfestregatta with three races overall was won by the 4 Suisse Crews , 1st Chatagny / Puffer, 2nd Scheidegger/Scheidegger, 3rd Gautschi family, 4th Infanger/Chetinie. The Suisse Sailors dominated in impressive way the Oktoberfestregatta 2016.
During the pricegiving ceremony, Klaus Pittrich honoured the US Sailor Jim Revkin and other foreign crews for their far travel to Bavaria. Pittich thanked the sailors for the fair sailing and discipline, the organizing club and fleet for their efforts, and invited for the 56´th Oktoberfestregatta from 22 to 24 of September 2017.
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