Sunday July 21st 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selectedTravemunde Week kicks off this week with a wide collection of dinghy and Olympic classes taking part plus old friends like the Flying Dutchman, 505, Contender and several local classes. However the regatta run by the Lubecker Yacht Club is particularly significant for two classes - the Melges 24 and the Formula 18 catamaran both of which are holding their World Championships there.
In the Melges 24 fleet 13 British boats are taking part including recent Nationals winner Gill sailed by Quentin Strauss/Stuart Rix and 2001 Nationals winner Keith Musto and Richard Thompson/Jamie Lea on Black Seal.
The Formula 18 class will also field a powerful fleet including Australian Darren Bundock (recent winner of the cat class at the ISAF World Sailing Games), 60ft trimaran skipper Fred le Peutrec and Irish former Tyco crewman and Figaro sailor Damian Foxall. There are 11 boats from the UK taking part. The boat to watch as usual with be that of Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen, who won the Worlds in Parkstone YC last year.
Racing is underway for the 18 and 14ft Skiffs, Travemünder Woche forming part of the 2002 Skiff Pro Tour. Day one saw the start delayed by two hours run in fairly miserable conditions. The overall leader after three races was the Danish Team Wempe, while overall circuit leaders Team Model were second ahead of Team CCA in third. Three British boats, Eagle, Pantomime Horse and Dencher took the top three spots in the 14ft class.