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11 July 2004, 09:28 am
Showdown in Warnemuende
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Warnemuende Week
Warnemuende

It was a hard day on the water, with three races in almost all classes demanding a lot of staying power. The 470s and Europe's said good-bye with a victory of Remus/Butzlaff (GER) in the 470, and Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) in the Europe.
With three firsts in a row, Robert REMUS and Ralf BUTZLAFF ended their racing in Warnemuende Week. The team sent Stefan SCHNEIDER and Frank THIEME to second place. "We have clearly been the fastest boat on the course today", said Remus happily after the regatta. "Looking out of my window this morning, I knew it would be our weather", added Butzlaff.

Soaking wet and right out of the washing machine, Kathrin KADELBACH brought her 470 up the ramp."We did not really have a good run today", she said. "We broke our outhaul in the first race and retired to repair it. In the second race the start was good, but Remus/Butzlaff have been to fast today. In this strong winds we are a bit to light, to win against the men", said the 21 year old helmsmen, who sails with crew Saskia SCHRÖDER. The team won the women's competition in Warnemuende week.

In the Europe class Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE from Lithuania dominated the fleet. The 21-year-old blond girl has good chances of going to Athens for her country, although the Lituanian NOC has not yet confirmed qualification.. "It was really hard today, and a question of condition", she said after the prize giving. "There where a lot of young and strong girls at the start and I was totally tired in the end after three races."

Among her competitors were Jannika PULS (GER) who came second and Bea SEEHOFER following in third place.

A fast run was given for the 40 starters in the "Bäderregatta". A yacht race from Warnemuende to Kuehlungsborn and back. First ship home was "Wet One" from Great Britain. Only two minutes behind and fastest boat on the track, "Kerkyra" crossed the finish line, who had started 5 minutes later.

The Finn class also had a lot to cope with today. Walter MAI from Germany, who with his 68 years was the oldest sailor on the course, but this did not deter the Olympic starter of 1972, who did not loose his courage when he was washed overboard in the first race. "I got hit by the boom and woke up as I was already in the water", said the man with incredible staying power. He then finished all three races of the day. "I don't give up that fast", he said. André BUTZIN took the lead today. The German started with a very famous sail number: GER 711 - the one of the legendary Willi KUHWEIDE, who won Olympic gold in the Finn in 1964.

Four great races have been on the program for the Olympic Mistral class today, which could not race yesterday due to lack of wind. The class is contesting its national youth championship and was clearly dominated in the men's division by André HARTUNG and in the woman's competition Romy KINZL leads.
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