Löther/Klawitter (GER) are the new German National Champions of Flying Dutchman.
Eighth at the Youth World Championship in 1999, the 20 year old Robert Stanjek from Berlin, is with 35 points the winner of the 112th Travemünder Woche title in the olympic Laser class. Robert Stanjek, his three year older brother Philipp finished 19th, didn't sail that much in 2000 because due to work committments. His plans for the future are to start studying sports in Berlin in autumn and sailing, sailing and again sailing. He aims to represent Germany at the 2008 Olympics. " Hard work on the water and lots of nice parities. Travemünder Woche is always fun for us to sail", the proud winner said just after the race and stowed away his sails and boat and went on to the next competition in the Netherlands.
Six points in the 10th race, the only one the Lasers sailed on their last race day, were enough for him to beat the Russian Semerkhanov who was close behind throughout the series. The Russian finished third though, because he was disqualified by the jury in the 9th race yesterday evening for rocking. He could delete this bad points, but 14 in the 8th race were to much. The twenty-five year old Daniel Hannemann from Kiel finished second.
"The racing today was plagued with a lack of wind. To our regret, only on three of six courses the boats could sail regular races. Important was, that among these were the classes which had their last scheduled race day. The Bénéteau 25 also finished their first two races of the Europeans." was the commentary of Chief-Race-Officer Walter Mielke. The new International German Champions of the Flying Dutchman are the old ones from 1999, Löther / Klawitter from Immenstadt in Bavaria. The 58 year old insurance agent Helmut Löther sailed since 1994 together with the teacher for sports, the 34 year old Michael Klawitter. With three first places he scores in total ten points after six races. Vice Champions, with 19, and the crew on the third rank, with 25 points, are both from Berlin, helmsman Jörg Witte with Stefan Mädicke and Uwe Steingross with Harald Schaale as his crew respectively.
On Tuesday one of the sporting highlights of the 112th Travemünder Woche started. With two finished races in this tricky to sail wind conditions, the 35 boats of the keelboat-class Bénéteau 25 is where we might find future European champions. The two of the seven Italian crews are on top of the list. Skipper Cappa Raimondo finished two times first and Cristoforie Pierpaolo made a second and an fifth place. Third is the German boat of Lucas Zellmer.
On Wednesday the Sportboats and Melges 24 are starting too for their German Open and European Cup, 11:metre One-Design-boats will be on the Luebeck Bight for the first starting shot of the European Championship. The Olympic Classes of Finn, Europe and 470 will start with their four day racing and the 49er will race from Thursday on. The Tornado class is fighting for their German National Champion title together with the Formula 18 on course Alpha up to Friday.