Big wind and waves at Travemuende

Lumpy ride at the German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

Sunday July 25th 2010, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Germany

Day one of the German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix took a heavy toll on the fleet as the teams from Germany, Denmark, UK and Hungary battled fresh winds and  two metre waves at Travemuende. A steady 16-knot breeze, increasing to 18 knots, with gusts between 19-22 knots, made it essential for each team to use the small rig. It wasn’t the wind, however, but the big waves that made conditions so treacherous.

Norbert Peter, skipper of German skiff Magic Marine, said: “Going upwind was like riding a wild mustang and downwind a mixture of huge jumps and nosedives. Nearly everybody succeeded today in nosedives”.

Results on day one have the Danish GP Covers team of Flemming Clausen, Soren Clausen and Thomas Ebler in the lead after two wins from the three races. The UK’s Team Pica (Jamie Mears) follows in second place with a second in race two and a win in race three.

Team Pica’s win came when she was the only skiff to complete the course in race three after GP Covers capsized on the first gybe abd the race leader Magic Marine broke her pole coming down a large wave.

Among the casualties were a crewman with a broken finger on Team Pica, a “bloody bruise” requiring stitches on the sheet hand of Berlinsyndikat, a broken wing on Hungary’s European champion Liberty Sailing Team and the broken pole on Magic Marine.

With so much carnage to most of the fleet, the regatta is wide open as teams prepare for the expected 17 knots of wind on day two.

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