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24 July 2001, 11:45 am
Belgian Family-crew win the 11: metre German Open
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Travemunder Woche

After five races and hard fights especially in the last one, the Belgian physician Robrecht de Bock (55), his two sons, Derek (20) and Anton (27), and their friend Ward de Creacker (36) won the title of the 11:metre One Design German Open.
112th Travemünder Woche:
The youngest member of the crew, the 20 year old student of maritime engineering, was steering the 8 year old boat, which is owned and sailed by the three family-members about seven years now. He started at the age of eight in the Optimist -dinghy and sailed with his brother, who was for years engaged in windsurfing, and together with his father all the years on the family-boat. Their last success in the racing scene was the 2000 Cutty Sark-Tallship-race in which they finished first with an X-39 in their class C and were eight's overall. After the question, if they also think to win the title of the European Championship, which is going to be started in Travemünde from Wednesday on, father de Bock is sure : " The Swedish crews are much more better. We think they will dominate the fleet" . Only one of the Swedish boats sailed the last two races for tuning up with the fleet. The German promoter of the class, Frank Sothmann, had a bad start at the beginning of the last race, nevertheless finished second - but that wasn't enough for the title. He becomes only vice-champion with 8 points, that's 1 point more that the Belgian winners. On the third rank , with ten points, sailed the former successful Tornado skipper Stephan Lange with his boat and crew from Lake Konstanz.

At the end of the second race-day of the International German Championship, the Olympic Tornado-fleet is dominated by Helge and Christian Sach, who finished on their home "hunting-ground" all three today's races first. The Swedish crew from Malmö, Martin Strandberg and Kristian Mattsson, stayed always behind their stern with three second places, but with seven to five points after five races of the scheduled twelve, they do have a real chance to beat the 15-times-winner of the Travemünder Woche title. Third are Andrew Landenberger and Martin Rusterholz from Switzerland with 12 points, who were on top of the list yesterday. The upcoming German crew Johannes Polgar and Gunnar Strukmann is on the fourth rank.

The Russian Laser-skipper, after nine races, could still defend his second place of the first race day with 31 points, but with the same amount of points Robert Stanjek from Hamburg is first. The tiebreak-rule says: the German won more races than the Russian. The 20 year old Stanjek is therefore first. Mathias Rieck from Warnemünde/Germany crossed at the end of three races the finishing line first, but that was only enough for a third rank. He could delete no better place thank one BDF (disqualification) and the 34th finishing of the sixth race. The four leaders of the fleet are very close together, it looks like hot fights for the last race-day tomorrow. The third and the fourth are with 32 points only one behind the two leaders.

For tomorrow the 112.Travemünder Woche 2001 has on the schedule the last race day for the Flying Dutchman International German Championship, the races for 505-class, Contender, Laser, 420, Pirat and Korsar. The fleet of thirty-five Bénéteau 25 is starting tomorrow with their races for the Europeans and five more classes are going on with their competiton.

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