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A Class Catamaran European Championships in Warnemunde - Day 3

by Gordon Upton 12 Jul 10:16 BST

Weed and waves characterise day two's racing at the Euros

The second days racing at Warnemunde 'A' Cat Euros was a wet affair. The racing was scheduled for 1pm so the fleet spent the morning in a leisurely manner standing around talking or tweaking things on their boats after the battering they sustained the day before. Rain started to arrive at about 10am and is was on and off most of the day.

The fleet launched at 12pm from the sandy beach at the Hohe Duene resort. All went well except for one unfortunate SUI sailor who got into trouble behind a wooden breakwater. He couldn't get the boat moving away enough to get his rudders down and, after jumping into the water in an attempt to fend the boat off the structure, it capsized and a shroud slipped between the wooden slats, resulting in his mast breaking and smashing his tiller off. The now inverted DNA F1 was eventually freed and swam/drifted ashore with an understandably upset sailor.

On the course, the conditions where roughly the same in both races with breeze of 12-13kts, meaning that it could be a fully foiling race through the light rain. However it was swinging about so there was not really any favoured side. But the previous nights wind had created a bit of a sea running, with 1m waves coming in. Those who could, managed to foil surf in these conditions enabling them to get good speed and depth before they invariably dropped off the foils.

But it was the accompanying seaweed that did for many of the fleet. The stuff was the long stringy stuff that caught around the foils and rudders causing them to loose lift and dump the unfortunate sailor back down again. The decision to clear the weed became a tactical one, as do you try to sail though hoping it drops off, or do you stop and clear it. Many lost places as a result of their decisions either way.

The race one bullet was again taken by Glenn Ashby in his usual clinical style on the DNA F1x. Manual Calavia on his Exploder Ad3 was chasing, but never really challenged the America's Cup winner in the race. SUI Champ Sandro Cavieziel on his modified Scheuerer G7 came in a good third from Mr Bryt Sails, Maciej Zarnowski. Further down the fleet former double World Champ Mischa Heemskerk seemed to be struggling. Maybe his new shaped pinhead sail wasn't the thing for those winds as his finished thirteenth.

The day's second race started the same, but half way around the breeze started to die and those who spotted this first had to decide at which point to switch to a low drag mode. The Classics, of course, had no such dilemmas as they just seamlessly switched and went deeper. One such was Micky Todd, who finished a good ninth on this Schuerer G6. Glenn was just leading Manuel at the bottom on lap 2 when his starboard rudder pin became detached causing the thing to swing about. He stopped to raise it but by now Manuel, and a very happy Benoit Marie, at his first 'A' Cat regatta, took second.

After the race, an impromptu pit crew of Paul Larsen and Adam May set about Glenn's boat with carbon and resin under the Forward WIP sponsors tent, much to the amusement of Glenn and other onlookers. Tomorrow will tell if they were successful.

The dying wind, weed and the waves really shook up the pack and sailors places changed dramatically as a result. There is still all to play for probably from second place down. Tomorrow promises another marginal foiling day, and possible rain again. We await with anticipation to see how this will play out.

Results after day 3:

PosSail NoHelmut STUMHOFERClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1 AUS 111Glenn ASHBY10062111137
2 ESP 11Manuel CALAVIARCMB2482117
3 POL 17Maciej ZARNOWSKIUKS Navigo Sopot3624621
4 SUI 1Sandro CAVIEZELYCAs83431634
5 POL 1Jacek NOETZELUKS Navigo Sopot12855535
6 NED 7Mischa HEEMSKERKWvbraassemermeer427131541
7 GER 14Bob BAIERSCFF239361253
8 FRA 2Emmanuel DODÉSR Vannes912929463
9 DEN 1Thomas PAASCHSKS171410111971
10 POL 31Robert GRACZYKMKZ151811181173
11 GBR 57Adam MAYWPNSA11192172381
12 POL 111Michal KORNESZCZUKYCG51527142182
13 ESP 16Marc VERDAGUERClub Nautic L'Escala22720191785
14 AUS 51Paul LARSENWPNSA24112292995
15 AUS 1065Tom JOHNSON 252016271098
16 ITA 3Paolo PENCOANS1822262613105
17 GRE 1Konstantinos TRIGONISN.C.Thessaloniki105173344109
18 NED 95Roeland WENTHOLTHellecat144832177118
19 GER 39Andi LACHENSCHMIDASC1917132057126
20 POL 7Marcin KAMINSKIUKS Navigo Sopot204025368129
21 SUI 87Nils PALMIERI 2734191237129
22 FRA 207Benoit MARIESNO Nantes13299682148
23 ESP 74Abdón IBÁÑEZRCNV696151022149
24 SUI 9Daniel CAVIEZELYCAs291364063151
25 POL 15Piotr BARYZEWSKIUKS Navigo Sopot3530233827153
26 POL 2Marek ZEBROWSKIUKS Navigo Sopot5728282518156
27 GER 85Guido SCHULTEMSV4432352126158
28 FRA 7Jean‑Louis le COQSN du Roi Port Camargue3842383214164
29 FRA 410Jean DARNAUDEEV Rochelaises5526372324165
30 GER 27Alexander MEISTERYSTM1621962228183
31 SUI 7Robin MAEDERCNB3725304846186
32 POL 3Jaroslaw BETKOWSKIRJKP3045243752188
33 SUI 65Bueche CHARLESBT5341334132200
34 DEN 20Peter BOLDSENKBL2851295440202
35 ESP 7Micky TODD 503196249210
36 GER 37Johannes KEMLERTSG‑W4724464461222
37 GBR 599Oscar LINDLEY‑SMITHWPNSA4239344964228
38 AUS 1064Kyle LANGFORD280001796125560230
39 GER 20Florian HENNIGSLRV5852455125231
40 GER 21Marco GÖTZBYC3337963039235
41 GER 57Martin BACHMSV7049444630239
42 GER 76Helmut STUMHOFERSCC2116149696243
43 AUT 96Michael MÖDLHAMMERSCSW2044964541246
44 NED 111David van AARTZVN4153395658247
45 GER 5Klaus RAABSCFF3235369649248
46 SWE 59Alberto FARNESILBS4538406859250
47 AUS 31Scott ANDERSON5300153610189696256
48 ITA 86Michele PATELLIH2O 1514027965750270
49 GER 40Manfred SYROWYYCN5443416765270
50 GER 15Katrin BRUNNERBSF6658426253281
51 BEL 19Wim DECARNSYC7136963547285
52 DEN 13Lars SCHRØDERFS9623963936290
53 GER 75Jörn KNOPBSV4950965343291
54 BEL 9Michel WARLOPRBSC6847965031292
55 SUI 33Heiko MAIERSCU6154964338292
56 ESP 5Enrique CORNEJORCMB5996963120302
57 POL 18Jakub SOBALAClub Port Mechelinki6259486967305
58 ITA 777Marco PUPPOCNUC7464436370314
59 ITA 110Stefano TACCHIUVM6096962835315
60 GER 80Andreas GRÜNENWALDSVBb4646319696315
61 DEN 111Morten KOHLENBERGSYC7261477071321
62 GER 10Jörg HORNSTS6462965954335
63 POL 100Karol KWIATKOWSKIUKS Navigo Sopot9696961533336
64 ESP 48Oscar QUIRANTERCMB9696961634338
65 SUI 22Hermann WALLMERSCMd7360965262343
66 GER 61Gerian KÜHLBORNE.S.V7565966056352
67 CZE 1Vladislav PTAŠNIKALT F20T3496965869353
68 GER 3Matthias DIETZSLRV3933969696360
69 NED 44Wiro ZIJLMANSHellecat5157966196361
70 GER 81Maren ODEFEYMSV7796964255366
71 POL 101Andrzej SENKUSUKS Navigo Sopot9696963445367
72 GER 86Alexander ZYLKASCH4896966666372
73 NED 96Gert Jan KOSHellecat9696964751386
74 GER 6Rainer BOHRERTSVU5255969696395
75 GER 34Jan KREUTZMANNYCN6596969648401
76 SWE 2Ulf TJERNBERGLSS7696966568401
77 GBR 22Tom PHIPPSWindsport2696969696410
78 FRA 101Hervé LEDUEC.N.Portes en Ré6756969696411
79 ITA 101Andrea FERRARIUSC3196969696415
80 GER 38Thorsten LORENZBSV5696967196415
81 NED 1Piet SAARBERGHellecat6963969696420
82 POL 197Maciej TROCHAUKS Navigo Sopot9696966472424
83 POL 21Ewa GÓRSKAUKS Navigo Sopot9696969642426
84 AUT 98Ronald van der VALKYCZ7866969696432
85 GER 2Georg REUTTERTSVH6396969696447
86 ESP 42Mariano MARTINEZCAR MURCIA9696969673457
87 SUI 70Darius GOLCHAN 7996969696463
88 ARG 21Sergio MEHLAGUILA9696969696480
88 DEN 17Frank LAVRSENES9696969696480
88 ESP 9Juan Antonio LADRÓN de GUEVARACAR9696969696480
88 NED 14Rutger KRIJGERWSVW9696969696480
88 NED 28Pieter Jan DWARSHUISWV Flevo9696969696480
88 NED 41Caroline van BEELENcatclub zeeland9696969696480
88 NED 911Juppe HEBLYRoerkoning9696969696480
88 SUI 81Nicolas BORGHETTI 9696969696480

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