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27 July 2001, 10:36 am
First Race Day of Audi Match-Racing
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Travemunder Woche

The Brothers Sach are dominating in the Tornado Class and there are 'perfect' conditions at the Travemunder Woche, Germany.
The second part of the Travemünder Woche is impressed by the fast open keelboat classes and the Olympic dinghies. So, today after one day rest without any wind yesterday, the conditions were perfect with winds about 3 Beaufort from easterly directions and bright sunshine. Torsten Rocksien, one of the race officers of the 49-class fleet about the today's races: " We planned to make no more than four starts today, but the conditions were so perfect, that we run six ones - and the sailors were happy. One flight only needs about 35 minutes. That was great. The field was so close together, we could count all 18 boats crossing the line in 5 minutes." First after six races are with 8 points Ronald Rensch and Torsten Haverland from Schwerin/Germany. Only one point behind is also a German Crew, Erik Hecht and Max Groy. Third is Christopher Rast and Christian Steiger from Switzerland.

After one day rest the Olympic Tornado-class was able to go on with their races for their International German Championship. The Germans Helge and Christian Sach are still on top of the list with 7 points after 8 races . They could delete two 3rd finishing - and with five first places are again the favourites for the title. The Swedish team Martin Strandberg and Kristian Mattson is with 15 points behind them. Third, with 21 points, are Andrew Landenberger and Martin Rusterholz from Switzerland.

Yesterday three more Olympic classes should have started, but their races were also cancelled because of the wind situation. Today the 60 Europes, which are starting here as a mixed class, sailed four races. The leader after the first race is Tim Kirchhoff with 19 points followed by the 19 year old Berit Berg and Berit Christiansen. The 22nd year old Berit christiansen is member of the Lübecker Yacht-Club, the organising club of the Travemünder Woche. The participating Russians are dominating after the first race day the small Finn-fleet of 20 boats and in the 470. Evgeniy Tchernov is with two first and one third place the leader of the Finns, Jan-Dietmar Dellas from Germany second and third is Vladimir Krutskikh again from Russia. The first three ranks in the 470-competition are Russian sailors too: Dmitry Berezkjm/ Mikhail Krutikov first with 4 points, second with 5 points the woman-crew Ekaterjna Skudjna/ Ekaterjna Kovalenko and third counting 9 points Alexej Krylov/ Boris Burmentjev.

Thousands of visitors joined the Match-Races on the beach and the long pier to have a look on the fighting Streamline-yachts. The Russian Andrew Arbuzov, Morten Hendriksen from Denmark and Ben Ainslie from Great Britain had a perfect start in the first races of the Audi Baltic Match Race. The three teams won at the beginning each four races and were leading with 4 points. The well know participant, the three times Olympic medallist Jochen Schümann (Germany/Switzerland) were beaten by Ben Ainslie, but won two races.

Morten Henriksen from Denmark, at the moment resident in Germany/Leverkusen, because of his engagement in the German illbruck Americas Cup syndicat, is sailing together with his illbruck-team colleagues Gunnar Knierim and Arne Wilcken from Kiel/Germany. They won the most flights, only the Laser Olympic medallist from Sydney, Andrew Arbuzow could beat them. Tomorrow the fleet of eight Streamline-yachts and twelve crews will continue in the Round-Robins. On Saturday are the semi-finals with the "best of three" and on Sunday the finals "best of five" on the schedule.

Bénéteau 25 and 11:metre One Design continued in their Europeans. The Swedish Team of Mikael Olesen won better than the Belgium crew of Robrecht de Bock with three first and one second finish the first place. That was exactly the winner of the German open and second after this four races de Bock promised " The Sweds are very strong, they will win this title." Third is Markus Larsson, again from Sweden. Mikael Olesen, sixth in the Flying Dutchman of the 1992 Olympic Games, confirmed his success of the last year on the first day here in Travemünde: first in 2000 in the World Championship, the Europeans, he got the title of the Swedish and Australian Championships too.

Very close are the crews of the Bénéteau 25 . Three Italians are on the first three places and three German boats are now after 6 races on rank four to six. With 11 points the leading crew is ITA 25109 of Raimondo Cappa . With 13 points is the crew Maurizio Galanti second and Pierpaolo Cristofori on rank three. The Skipper of the first German boat on place four is the four-times Travemünder Woche winner in the 470-class Niklas Ganssauge (Hamburg).

On Friday evening there are prizegivings on schedule for the following classes: Tornado International German Championship, Formula 18 Best of Germans, Dyas-class which sailed their 25th anniversary-year, Schwertzugvogel International German Championship, Bénéteau 25 Europeans and the 11:metre One Design European Championship. The results will be, like every day, as soon as the races finished , on our WebPages

Last races for the Finn, Europe, 470, Laser Radial, Folkeboot, Sprita Sport, Sportboats, X-79 and Melges 24 are on Saturday. The stern-lights are the 49 and Match-Races with their prizegivings on Sunday.
Travemunder Woche Press/News Editor
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