The biggest surprise of the day, though, was the Luffe 43 Transit Express of Thetje ANCKER (GER). With a win in race eight, she advanced to rank four and now is by far the best-placed German boat, as Matthias Müller von BLUMENCRON (GER) and Moonshine slipped from fifth to eighth position. Now L+M Hispaniola of Horst MANN is on rank seven scoring a bullet in race seven.
'Everything went perfectly right from the start, even though we were not in front most of the time', reported tactician Thomas JUNGBLUT (GER). Only when crossing the finish line, they were 27 seconds ahead of the Swedish Hagstroemer of Gutta JOHANNSEN on elapsed time. The yacht from Saltsjöbaden moved ahead to rank three, but did not get too close to the top two because of a black flag disqualification.
The crew protested against the disqualification, as they felt they had been blocked at the start by Hanseatic Lloyd of Christian PLUMP (GER). The two boats had even touched. 'Hagstroemer has caused the collision,' said helmsman Albert SCHWEITZER, and filed a protest, too. In the end, the jury disqualified the German team, as they had given their competitors no chance of staying clear. Thus, Hanseatic Lloyd remained ninth. The international jury, however, stuck to the rules and did not give to the Swedish appeal for redress.
The Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon World Championship only saw enough wind to try a couple of starts and half a race, but it had to be cancelled when the breeze died down. The fleet cheered when they heard the forecast for the next day: Thursday is said to bring Southerly to South-Westerly winds of four to five with strong gusts, which should allow the Dragons to complete two races.