Friday, November 25, 2016

Britain Wins J/22 Germany 2K Team Race

J/22s team racing in Hamburg, Germany (Hamburg, Germany)- From the 21st to 23rd October, The Hamburg Sailing Club (HSC) set up an internationally 2K team race for the fourth time. Seven teams with sailors from England, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Bavaria and from Northern Germany took part.

Although there was not a lot of wind all weekend, the HSC PRO Stefan Roth was able to run almost 40 races until Sunday noon. The sailing for the 2-on-2 format took place on one-design J/22 class sailboats.  What is unique about this form of team-racing is that “last place loses”, so the incentive is to “fight back” all the time!

J/22 German team race winnersIt was a beautiful event, organized by Manuel Huensch and supported by Hansestadt Hamburg (the sports group based in Hamburg) and many volunteers on land and on the water.

In the semi-finals on Sunday, the British Team Serpentine and the Italian Team Banana, were clearly a level above the rest in terms of their boat-handling, tactics and strategies.  In the Grand Finale on a beautiful autumn day in downtown Hamburg, it was the British Team Serpentine that won 2 races to 1 over the Italian Team Banana.  The winner of the Petite Finale was Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, claiming the third spot on the podium.    Sailing photo credits- Pepe Hartmann   For more J/22 Germany 2K Team Race sailing information