Monday, May 9, 2016

German J/70 Sailing League Act I- NRV Again!

J/70 German sailing league (Starnberg, Germany)- The Munich YC just hosted the first event of the German Sailing League 2016 season on beautiful Starnberger Lake.  The North is dominating the League already! In total, 36 clubs sailed 78 exciting races, with many race outcomes determined by less than a meter- such is the level of racing at the premiere level in Germany!  Despite the light sailing conditions all weekend long, the spectacular vistas south across the lake to the massive snow-capped mountains of the Austrian Alps was a sight to behold (only 15 miles away)!

J/70 Deutsche Segel-bundesliga winnersIt was indeed a walkover for the two-time German Sailing League masters, the NRV (Norddeutscher Regatta Verein). The sailors from Hamburg were dominating the kick-off event at Starnberg, leaving the competitors clearly behind.  “It is unbelievable to have won the first event with my team. We are more than content with this victory. The conditions today have been a bit more difficult at the beginning, but with the continuous performance of the last days we could keep the lead. We are very happy,” said the happy helmsman, Tobias Schadewaldt. With his crew of Florian Spalteholtz, Niklas von Meyerinck and Florian Weser, the sailors from the North rocked it on Starnberger Lake!  After thirteen races, they had five 1sts and three 2nds in their scoreline to easily win by five points.

J/70s sailing German Sailing League- Starnberger SeeAs the reigning Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga champions, the Deutscher Touring YC, also had a strong performance for their first event.  The team from Tutzing finished second and, in fact, was tied for first with NRV after five races, each with four 1sts and one 2nd!  After that blistering pace, the DTYC crew faded a bit in the middle part of the series, but preserved their second place.

Sailing dramatically better and faster was the Lindauer Segler-Club, posting two 1sts and a number of 2nds and 3rds to win a tie-breaker on 40 pts each with Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee.  Fifth for the regatta was the Wurttembergischer YC with 43 pts.  In short, the entire top five was all Northern teams.  The first “southern” team was the host- Munich YC in seventh!

The North also dominated the top rankings in the 2nd Sailing League. The Muhlenberg Sailing Club had a brilliant kick-off; the sailors from Hamburg are stronger than ever and finished 1st in Starnberg. Second-place was Hamburg Sailing Club, followed by the Potsdam Yacht Club in third.

In less than four weeks time (27th to 29th of May), the next event is scheduled on Lake Constance for both League I & II.  Sailing photo credits- Sven Jurgensen. Follow the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga on Facebook here   The SAP SAILING Analytics Tracking and standings can be found here.   For more Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga sailing information