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Travemunder Woche

Karol Jablonski wins the Match Race final. Russian 470 sailor Dmitry Berezkin is winner of the Travemünder Woche title.

The crew from Poland, Karol Jablonski is the winner of the Audi Baltic Match Race, one of the highlights of the 112th Travemünder Woche 2001. Additional to the prize money of 14 000 US-Dollar they won the sport-car, a fast Audi TT Roadster. The looser of this exciting finals, watched by thousands of spectators along the sunny beach and the pier, Morten Hendriksen, sailed the better manoeuvres and had sometimes real good speed, - but not enough to overtake the Jablonski-boat in the two last races. After hard fights before the starts, Jablonski could cross the line first and hold his lead, sometimes with only exciting half a boat length. The 39 year old Jablonski could only win seven races of the Round-Robins with his crew, Tom Baranowski (30) and Piotr Przybyski (22), so he was after the first two days not a real tip for winning the car. But the other challengers spoke with great respect from the "white shark" before the first race. He is 18th of the world ranking list, former Admiral's Cup winner at the helm of the German "Container" and successful in ice-sailing.

Morten Hendriksen from Denmark , at the moment resident in Germany because of his job in the illbruck-challenge-team, sailed with Gunnar Knierim and Arne Wilcken, both Germans they also are also involved in the illbruck-campaign. Third after the "small final" against the Russian Andrew Arbuzov is Germans best sailor and four times Olympic medallist Jochen Schümann , who sailed together with Bernard Labor from France and Pieter van Nieuwenhuyzen from
Switzerland.

The last part of the 112th Travemünder Woche 2001 belonged mainly, in addition to the Match-Racers, to the Olympic classes. Today the fast 49-class sailed their last races two. The 470, Finn and Europe finished the day before.

On the top of the small international field of eighteen up to the last race started 49-crews, the German crew Erik Hecht and Max Groy could stay on their first rank almost all the sixteen sailed races. Second is Roland Rensch and
Torsten Haverland from Germany too. Third is the crew from Switzerland Christopher Rast and Christian Steiger. The 18 year old German Berit Berg won with 23 points the Europe-competition with two first places from 10 races. Tim Kirchhoff from Germany too, got his third first place in the last race, but, in total, he was only good enough
with 31 points for the second rank.

The 15th of the ISAF World Ranking List and best Russian 470-helmsman Dmitry Berezkin wins with 9 points by 7 first places the 2001 Travemünder Woche title. For the 10th race the three Russians of the first three places did not compete in the last races, because after nine races they were good enough to hold their rankings with the DNC as one of the worst both results of this series. On the second place with 16 points are the women Ekaterina Skudina and Ekaterina Kovalenko, third is the crew Alexey Krylov/ Boris Burmentjev with 25 points.Again two strong Russians are leading the Finn-fleet after 10 races: Evgeniey Tchernov on the first rank and Vladimir Krutskjkh who became second with 14 points, only two points beind his leading friend. The third is the German Jan-Dietmar Dellas.

More than 800.000 visitors watched during the ten race days of the 112th Travemünder Woche the about 3.000 sailors, on 935 boats, sailing their Championships and for the Travemünder Woche-title in twenty classes, on sometimes up to 10 race courses together, in the Luebeck Bay. For the next year the Travemünder Woche has planned to offer again all Olympic Classes to sail in Travemünde, together with the traditional international and national classes. At the moment two World Championships are fixed in the schedule:
Formula 18 during the 113th Travemünder Woche 2002 from the 19th to the 28th July and the Melges 24, with about 100 boats, will have their Worlds the week after, from the 30th July up to the 3rd August 2002 - and there is a strong
possibility, that the Audi Baltic-Organisation will start again together with the Lübecker Yacht-Club a Grade One Match Race at the end of the 113th Travemünder Woche.

Dr. Claus-Dieter Stolze, the organising-manager of the Travemünder Woche, is sure, that there will be some more Championships " In autumn and during the fare saison the Class Associations will have their meetings and some may decide go to Travemünde for their important events. We are always open to their wishes - and they know to meet us personally again latest at the boot Düsseldorf boat show in January at the dinghy- and keelboat-centre"

Travemunder Woche Press&News Editor
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