Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NRV Leads German J/70 Sailing League..Again!

J/70s sailing German sailing league (Friedrichshafen, Germany)- Last weekend, the German J/70 Sailing League celebrated the start of its sixth season, with the opener taking place in Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance). A total of 36 clubs with 144 sailors from all over Germany are participating. Of course, the reigning German champion from Hamburg, the North German Regatta Club (NRV), was also present.

"We continued to prepare extensively for the new season, we even trained a few weeks ago with ice and snow on the Alster Lake in downtown Hamburg! Come what may, the guys are hot and want to play again this year at the top level,” said Klaus Lahme, team manager of the NRV.

German J/70 sailing league rounding“The league is no longer just a pastime, if you want to win, you need to prepare. Self-employed professional trainers, the clubs own J/70s for training their team, and detailed performance analysis takes place with the help of SAP Sailing Analytics. That shows how professional the league has become in the past five years,” says Oliver Schwall, founder and CEO of Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga GmbH. "It's going to be the toughest league ever!”

Schwall’s assessment was spot on. Sailing on Lake Constance was challenging, as the winds remained light for most of the weekend. In the end, the reigning German Champion, the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg, won the kick-off event in Friedrichshafen.

German J/70 sailing league winnersThe three-time German champion, the NRV, showed impressively this weekend that he has not forgotten sailing in the winter break.

"We feel great after this victory at the season opener. We have linked our performance directly to last year's. There were three great days on Lake Constance. Our goal for the season is clearly title defense,” said a happy helmsman- Florian Haufe. Together with his crew David Heitzig, Dorian Heitzig and Miklas Meyer, the northern team rocked Lake Constance.

Also strong and just one point behind the NRV, the Bavarian Yacht Club team took second place. Behind them in third place was the Water Sports Club Hemelingen from Bremen.

In just under six weeks (8th to 10th June 2018), the next event will take place in Tutzing, on Lake Starnberg.  German J/70 Sailing League highlights video from Friedrichshafen  For more German J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.