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J/70 Segel Bundesliga - First regatta success

by J/Boats 13 Sep 11:25 BST
J/70 Segel Bundesliga © Lars Wehrmann

Like their fellow J/70 sailing leagues across Europe, it has been difficult to conduct any regatta due to the varying restrictions placed at multiple levels of regulations, from local, to provincial, to national.

However, Germany's various agencies finally permitted the Deutsche Segel-bundesliga to host their first event of the season on the gorgeous Wansee Lake for the thirty-six sailing clubs sailing in their fleet of a dozen J/70s.

Day 1

Strong winds and gusts dominated the Wannsee. While the conditions were tough on many sailors and only allowed three flights, the second division Joersfelder Segelclub seemed to be in their element. At the end of the day, they held an enormous nine-point lead over the Kieler Yacht Club and the Academic Sailing Club Warnemünde

The training at Tegeler See with similar conditions and shifty breezes paid-off big-time for the Joersfelder Segelclub team. "Since we train with the same line-up every week, we know very well what makes the others tick. And we kept calm in the boat, which is particularly important given the conditions," explained Daniel Schwarze.

Following the races, the prizes for the eSailing J/70 Bundesliga powered by BAY were awarded on Saturday. The Mühlenberger Segelclub happily accepted the set of sails from our partner Fritz Segel, sponsored by the title sponsor BAY. The next two places received prizes from Robline and Marinepool; the runner-up Bodensee-Yacht-Club Überlingen and third place team Düsseldorf Yacht Club.

Day 2

The ONE Kiel team once again demonstrated their skills on the second match day of the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga. In difficult conditions on the Wannsee, with weak winds from multiple directions, the Kiel team defended their top position with remarkable consistency, taking five wins out of ten races. In the second division, the Joersfeld sailing club catapulted itself to first place.

Max Schuberth, ONE Kiel tactician, summed up the day in one word- "nerve-wracking". "The Wannsee demanded everything from all sailors, we don't have such conditions on the Baltic Sea. We had to concentrate for a very long time, and no one was immune from falling behind. In the end we won again- a great team effort," commented a very happy Schuberth. The Segel und Motorboot Club Überlingen and the Chiemsee Yacht Club sailed well to take second and third places, respectively.

Despite the eighth place of his club, Frank Butzmann, Managing Director of the host Wansee Segel Club, was more than satisfied with the event. "We had a lot of fun welcoming the 36 clubs here. We're looking forward to the next time - who knows, maybe even to the final in 2021"!

In the second league, the Joersfeld Sailing Club won an amazing six out of nine races in a row, making up five places on the leaderboard. In addition to the front-runner Joersfeld, the teams from the Academic Sailing Club Warnemünde and the Bodensee-Yacht-Club Überlingen also enjoyed the conditions at Wannsee as they landed in second and third place, respectively.

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