Skiff Pro Tour moved to Germany

The 18ft fliers will be racing at Travemuender Woche on 19-21 July

Tuesday July 2nd 2002, Author: Frank Gauss, Location: none selected
The 2002 Skiff Pro Tour goes into its second round, when following the opening Grand Prix in Sicily, the stars of the European sailing scene compete from 19-21 July at the German Grand Prix running alongside Travemuender Woche . The tour goes on with two further exclusive regattas in August on Lake Garda and the Final heats in September.

Now in its fifth year the Skiff Pro Tour, for 14 and 18ft skiffs, takes place in some of Europe's best surroundings. Around 20 18ft skiffs and 15 14 footer are expected at the German Grand Prix. The event is once again organised by the International Skiff Sailing Club, the Luebecker Yacht Club and the Luebeck-Travemuende Tourismus Zentrale. The race course is right by the shore so that spectators are very close to the event and can watch every single manoeuvre. All races have live commentry and have a party atmosphere. Spectators can also follow the highlights of the racing on a big screen.

Elite Skiff skippers will arrive from all over Europe. The 18ft class will include top teams from Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, England, Austria, France and Germany. With demanding wind and wave conditions the racing is expected to be spectacular.

For the first time in Skiff Pro Tour history the two leading teams start a Grand Prix tied on points. The title defenders, Team Model from Switzerland with helmsman and Olympian Tom Ruegge are level with Danish Team Mettler Toledo skippered by Michael Hestbeck. After the last Grand Prix in Italy all races had to be counted before Model could be announced as the winning team. "We haven't lost yet!" said Michael Hestbek who also started at the Olympics in Sydney. We can expect thrilling duels between these two teams. both Mettler Tolendo and Model have strong ambitions to win this years Skiff Pro Tour.

The Italian team Flawless will again bring excitement to the event. With skipper Pablo Soldano and Olympic participant Gabriele Bruni the crew fought hard for the leading position and could win several heats. After the Sicily Grand Prix they are ranked third.

Wempe, the second Danish team also achieved great success this year and the gap between them and the leading teams is pretty small, so everything is still open.

Two teams from Great Britain will start in Travemuende - Total Recall and CCA.

The local German team is helmed by Mike Keser will start in Travemunde. Keser comes from Berlin and is a successful 49er sailor. He will give it everything and certainly not make it easy for the 'old school' athletes.

Other teams confirmed for Travemuende are Dutch 18ft Skiff Team (NED), 4US (SUI), Innosource (NED), Marine Club (GER), Medical Masters (GER), Quantum (DEN), (GER)

2002 Skiff Pro Tour - Dates

16-19.05.02 Sicily Grand Prix, Palermo Sizilien, Italy
19-21.07.02 German Grand Prix, Travemuende, Germany
23-25.08.02 Italy Grand Prix, Campione del Garda, Italy
12-15.09.02 Portuguese Grand Prix, Lagos, Portugal

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