Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Württembergische YC Takes German Jr Sailing League Act II

J/70 German Junior Sailing League (Rostock, Germany)- The second event of the German Junior National Sailing League, taking place alongside the Warnemünde Week (2 - 4 July), was a huge success. There were three days of tight racing close to the shoreline, which was packed with throngs of cheering spectators every day. Euphoria, fun and pure joy greeted the victorious "Württembergische Yacht Club", who won on a tie-break from "Düsseldorf Yacht Club" in second. This ensured that both teams qualify for the grand final of the German Junior National Sailing League, to be held in Hamburg at the end of October. The next generation of league sailing is unstoppable, that's for sure!

J70 German Junior Sailing League winnersThe teams with league experience dominate the table; they occupy the first seven places.  However, looking at the leaderboard, it is clear there are just five points between first and eighth place- that is close racing!  Therefore, it is anything but a cakewalk for the league clubs. Those without sailing league experience League continued to improve dramatically virtually every race and did not give up.  Interestingly, many top three results in individual races went to the underdogs.  The best non-League club was the local hero, the Rostock Regattaverein. The team led by Lennart Kiss, Paul Arp, Anton Wolff and Luca Leidhold occupied eighth place (with only one point difference between 6th and 7th place).

"We are totally satisfied with our result, the whole regatta was pretty cool," explains Paul Arp.  “Our young team has never sailed on a J/70 before and we only had one day of training on the boat.  However, we are learning fast and going faster!  Watch out for the next event, we are coming after you top clubs!”

For highly motivated junior crews, the next DJSL event takes place from 27 to 28 August 2016 on the Wannsee next to Berlin, Germany.  For more Junior J/70 German Sailing League information