Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gurgel Tops Alster Act J/22 Match Race Regatta

J/22 Match Race Hamburg, Germany (Hamburg, Germany)- The 23rd Alster Act Match Race hosted ten teams this year from five countries across Europe.  This ISAF Grade 3 match-race event was hosted by the Hamburger Segel Club on the famous Alster Lake in the middle of Germany’s second largest city- Hamburg!  The weather conditions proved to be perfect for match-racing the fleet of six J/22s for most of the weekend until the breeze started to diminish on Sunday afternoon.

J/22 match race hamburg germany women's / girls teamWhile 65 matches were scheduled, the regatta PRO wisely decided to adjust the match race schedule to complete the semi-finals and finals earlier than scheduled.  As a result, 45 matches in the round-robin were sailed, enough to produce a good ranking table for the final rounds.  The HSC Race Committee led by Jens Hahlbrock and his team managed a well organized event with satisfied participants.

J/22 Match Race team winnersThe top team this year was HSC’s own Max Gurgel sailing with his team of Daniel Zenker and Robin Zinkmann.   Second was the Danish crew Christian Tang with crew Leif Ole Daetz and Jeppe Dybkjaer Ditlev.  Taking third overall was the initial regatta favorite, the Polish team of Patryk Zbroja and team of Maciej Gonerko and Krzysztof Zeludziewicz.  Fourth was the German team led by Florian Haufe with crew Steffen Hessberger and Max Boosfeld.  Fifth was yet another German team, Felix Oehme and his team of Niklas von Meyerinck and Felix von Meyerinck.   For more Alster Act J/22 Match Race sailing information