The wind increased once more and demanded a lot of the sailors in eleven classes on the last weekend of the event. More than 130,000 spectators came to watch the highlights on the water during the nine-day event.
With a fresh breeze the 67th Warnemuende Week said good-bye to all its participants. While on Saturday all courses could race, it was a bit too much on Sunday for many on the water. Like the Tornado class, which came back without ending a race. For the OK, Pirates, 505 and Finn, not more than one race was manageable. H-boats and Soling sailed two races on the last day and the Mistrals four.
On Saturday Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE from Lithuania secured the title in the Europe class and Remus/Butzlaff (GER) scored three firsts to win the 470 class.
A total of 2500 sailors started in the event. "We counted on some more entries, but facing the weather, the number of participants is not astonishing",
said race chairman Uwe JAHNKE, who was satisfied in the end. "We had a nice regatta and got a lot of acceptance from the sailors."
Clearly too much wind was blowing on the Tornado course. "Two cats already capsized before the start. We had wind speed from 28 to 30 knots, it was definitely too much",
decided race officer Hansjoachim PETROWSKI and sent the Tornados back to the harbour. So four races had to do in the Olympic multihull open class, and the newcomer team Hannes JANTKE and Phillip WETZIG (GER) won the regatta.
The Finn class also had a lot to cope with. Even the winner André BUDZIN (GER) looked pretty tired. "It was on the edge and physically very demanding. But Warnemuende is a great event, this time it was just a bit heavy",
he said after the prize giving.
The windsurfers could end four races on the last day. The Mistral class was dominated in the men's division by André HARTUNG (GER) and in the woman's list Romy KINZL took the top place with a margin. The windsurfer from Berlin who just lost the German Olympic slot in the Women's Mistral to Amelie LUX, was happy to sail in Warnemuende and said: "I know I sailed a good qualification series and can now handle the frustration. But I wanted to end the season with a nice event, Warnemuende is just the right place to be",
the 25 year old surfer added.
In the Europe class Gintare Volungeviciute from Lithuania clearly dominated the fleet. The 21-year-old sailor, said: "It was really hard and challenging, a question of condition and some young and strong girls have been at the start here."
Among them Janika PULS, who finished second and Bea SEEHAFER, in third place, both from Germany.
Windy but wonderful
The weather of the 67th Warnemuende week was dominated by a storm system and some rain showers. 2500 sailors in 24 classes, plus the keelboats have been on the waters of Warnemuende for nine days.
Among the highlights of the event the Europa Cup of the Laser and Laser Radial has to be mentioned. More than 200 Lasers sailed on course delta. It was the most international fleet of the event, counting 24 nations at the starting line. Gareth BLANCKENBERG from South Africa won the Olympic Laser Standard class.
The Topcats sailed their International Championship in Warnemuende and nearly 100 catamarans gathered at the beach for this event. Usually Helge SACH is at home in the top of the Tornado class, but this time he sailed with his wife Kirsten in the Topcat K1 class and won the not official European Championship.
The Round Bornholm race was thrilling up to the end, when the VO 60 "MAC" (former Illbruck) tried to break the current record, but failed, crossing the finish line only minutes too late. 74 yachts started to sail the challenging course of 270 miles around the Danish island in stormy weather.
Full results are available on the event website via the link below.