Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Junior J/70 Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga Announced!

German J/70 Junior Sailing League Segel-Club Munster Juniors Win Inaugural Event
(Sorpesee, Germany)- Germany is a pioneer in sailing and invented the idea of league sailing four years ago. Because the concept has become attractive to so many enthusiastic followers, the format has now been extended to younger sailors. The "Deutsche Junioren Segel-Lega" (DJSL) was born in June; the young crews will also get to enjoy great fun sailing on the DSBL matched-fleet of J/70 class sailboats this summer!

Last weekend the kick-off event started successfully on Sorpesee Lake in the middle of Germany, hosted by Segel-Club Sorpesee-Iserlohn (SCSI). Ten teams with sailors aged between 12 and 21 years had 20 tough races. It was a perfectly organized event that generated a lot of excitement amongst the competitors and spectators. At the end, it was Segel-Club Munster that won over YC Lister am Biggesee in second and Segler-Clu Dummer in third.

German J/70 Junior sailing league actionThe euphoria surrounding the new Junior Sailing League was palpable, with dozens of spectators cheering the kids on at every start and every mark-rounding.  Forty-five youth sailors participated over the weekend, each team sailing a total of ten races.

"It was a great atmosphere. Sailors, guests, club members and all participants were enthusiastic. We had a lot of luck sailing in front of our club- Sorpesee-Iserlohn. The whole game was visible from the waterfront and we were able to see the sailing at close quarters. Without the substantial support of the Heinz Nixdorf Association for the promotion of sailing this event would not have been possible," said Rüdiger Margale, DJSL Coordinator.

The next event for the DJSL is the kick-off event in Warnemünde- July 2nd to 4th. This is followed by an event in the northern region from 23rd to 25th September in Travemunde.  The East Region is planning their event on August 27th to 28th on the Wansee.  Dates for the Southern Region are still pending. The grand finale takes place on the Alster Lake in Hamburg starting October 30th.  The DJSL finale will be comprised of six teams: the top two teams in the kick-off event in Warnemünde and the four winners of the regional regattas. We look forward to more exciting events of the German Junior Sailing League!  For more Deutsche Junior Segel-Lega sailing information