The second half of Warnemuende Week started sunny and warm: all parties went to work well motivated and were not stopped by the onset of continuous rain in the afternoon. The Europes sailed four races and the 470s three.
In the Olympic 470 class Stefan SCHNEIDER and Frank THIEME (Potsdam) made it clear from the start that they have age and experience on their side. With second, fifth and first places the second best German team from Kieler Woche is already in the lead, ahead of the 19 participants. "The field is strong - better than last year. There are many good and young people at the starting line. It will be interesting",
the pair said, looking forward to the coming races on Friday and Saturday. They must pay particular attention to Ivo BÖTTCHER and Peter BARTMANN from Röbel/Schwerin. They started their Warnemuende Week mission with a race win and lie, at present, in ninth position.
Robert REMUS and Ralf BUTZLAFF are also taking part in the racing, following their recent participation in the long distance event around Bornholm. "We were quite tired, because of missing two nights. We started badly, apart from which the wind was very variable and too light",
complained Remus, who is only lying fourth at present.
The Europe class started at full wack in Warnemuende Week and got through four races."That's a lot already",
Christin OHDE said. She will travel to the Youth European championships in Portugal in the coming week. "I have a new boat and was a bit worried to start with - as to whether, as everything is new, it would work, but it's going quite well",
said the 17 year old girl from Sternberg, who claimed the second race. Christin lies fourth after four races (with one discard). Jannika PULS from Luebeck leads, ahead of Bea SEEHOFER from Potsdam and Gintare VOLUNGEVICUITE from Lithuania is in third place.
Racing for the Topcats recommenced with zest after their rest day. After the first race start at 11.00 the second race had to be abandoned, as the marks had to be reset. After a short pause on land a new start was made at 17.00. The results are not yet available at time of writing.
The Round Bornholm Race was brought to a close at exactly 3.04, as "Do it", the last competitor, finished after 63 hours. So the fleet feted the winners on the stage on the beach.
The Kyria Cupl for the quickest yacht on corrected time overall went to "Schlawutzi" from Lemkenhafen/Fehmarn. Second in this category was "Krabauter", in front of the Rostock boat "Universitas". The hanseboot Cup went to the British boat "Wet One" for the quickest sailing time in 2004, followed by "Fast Wave" and "Universitas" in third place. "Universitas" won the NNN-Cup in the category of best yacht from Rostock.
"MAC" (ex-Illbruck) won a special prize. Due to her water ballast she was not able to be included in the actual event but she only just missed the race record.