Friday, October 30, 2015

Thrilling Finale for Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga

J/70s sailing league- Germany (Hamburg, Germany)- Showdown forming for Division I finals in Hamburg!

The fourth event for the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga’s (DSBL) Second League took place in Uberlingen, Germany from the 25th to 27th of September.  The excitement was immense because it was the final event for the DSBL Division II. The ranking was so tight, that every point was relevant – more than ever. At the end, the Bayerischer YC (BYC) won the weekend. The team with Philipp Hibler, Andreas Plettner, Poldi Lindner and Andreas Achterberg took the lead in Überlingen, followed by the Lindauer Segler-Club and the Lübecker Yacht-Club. The three clubs also took the podium places in the overall ranking and will move up into the “Premier DSBL League” for 2016.

“It was a tricky event. A bit of everything. The team is experienced and so we could adapt very well. That was probably our success. We look forward to be back in the 1st League,” commented the happy helmsman, Philipp Hibler from Bayerischer YC.

In the lower portion of the fleet, six clubs (ranked 13th to 18th) will have to go into the qualifier races (9th to 11th October) to continue for next year. These six clubs were the best out of 58 clubs at the Qualifier in Flensburg and will be part of the 2nd German Sailing League in 2016: Schaumburg-Lippischer Seglerverein, Duisburger Yacht-Club, Segel-Club Ville, Schlei-Segel-Club, Seglergemeinschaft Lohheider See and Seglervereinigung 1903 Berlin.

In the 1st German Sailing League (the so-called “Premiere League”), it was also a neck-and-neck race. At the end of the day, again a local hero demonstrated their ability to get in front of the fleet. The Segel-und Motorboot Club Überlingen (SMCÜ) with Steffen Hessberger, Alexander Gaiser, Christian Zittlau and Hendrik Schaal sailed remarkably well, performing consistently over the weekend to take the top of the podium.

“We are very happy to have won at home. Finally, Lake Constance provided great sailing conditions, plenty of wind and big, choppy waves! It was a great event”, said Steffen Hessberger, the jubilant helmsman from SMCU.

The Münchner YC finished second overall in Überlingen.  They were closely followed by the Berlin crew from the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee.

The Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club from Tutzing missed the moment and could not bring home the early victory for the overall Championship. They finished in eighth place and remain within reach for their competitors (an 11 pts lead only!). So, it will prove to be a thrilling finale from the 29th to 31st of October in Hamburg! Based on the outcomes in Uberlingen, it will be a big showdown and fight to the finish for the Champion’s title in the DSBL!   Sailing Photo Credits- Sven Jürgensen.  For more Deutsche Segel Bundesliga sailing information

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