ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Tue Jul 12th, 2016 through Sun Jul 17th, 2016

2016 European Championship

 

The European Championship is one of the most traditional events of Star Class world. Its first edition was in 1932, with the victory of the Spanish E. De Amibilia and Alberto Aizpurua.

Reports by Hubert Merkelbach:
41 starboat-teams from 14 countries came to Warnemuende/Germany Baltic Sea for the European Championship.The championship was opened in a ceremony by the president of the Warnemuender Segel Club Juergen Bohn, race officer Robert Niemczewski, Star Class Vice president Hubert Merkelbach and "special guest" Commodore of the Star Class Dierk Thomsen.

Day One: 3 races were sailed on the first day because there was a wind warning for the next racing day. After a general recall the fleet made a clear start under black flag in a nice breeze with 10-15 knots from North west. Olympic Norwegian Star sailor Elvind Melleby with German crew Frithjof Kleen won the first race ahead of Thomas Allart from Netherlands with his young Bavarian crew Kilian Weise and Uli Vater/Karsten Morf.

For the second race the wind dropped to 6-8 knots. In shifty conditions the current World Champions Augie Diaz (USA) with crew Bruno Prada (Brazil) got the bullet. Second were the Croatian Team of Marin Misura and Tonko Barac in front of Urs Hunkeler and olympic crew Enrico de Maria from Switzerland.

After some waiting the wind increased again up to 15-18 knots so the third race could be started again under black flag. In short time the Baltic sea built up nice waves for some spectacular downwind surfing. The German Team Reinhard Schmidt/Paul Sradnick got a nice windshift from the right and could pass Melleby/Kleen on the second beat. Third place went again to the Croatian Team of Misura/Barac.

After a long racing day the fleet came back in the harbour at 6:30 p.m. and was happy to enjoy the barbeque, which was offered by the Warnemuender Segel Club.

Day Two: No racing because of storms.

Day Three: Another long racing day for the competitors of the European Championship: Because of storms there was no racing on day 2 so the fleet had to sail another 3 races today in choppy conditions.

There was a nice breeze of 12 to 16 knots all the day but it was shifty so it was important to make the correct tactical decisions.

During the day the wind increased steadily. After a general recall the fleet could start properly for the fourth race. Melleby /Kleen showed again good speed and tactics and won the race ahead of the Croatians Misura/Barac and current world champion Augie Diaz with Bruno Prada.

During the races the wind fronts changed again and again so it was hard to predict the correct side to go: in race five Reinhard Schmidt/Paul Sradnick played the shifts best and got the bullet in front of constant sailing Melleby/Kleen and Germans Michael Koch/Karsten Witt.

The sixth race was sailed in increasing winds and saw again the Norwegian/German duo of Melleby/Kleen in front, who could save already the title European Champions after six races with one more race to go. Second were Hubert Merkelbach/Markus Koy ahead of Koch/Witt.

In the evening the Warnemuender Segel Club organized a fine dinner for the competitors and after that there was more tactical discussions by most star sailors in a local bar called "Seehund" (seal).

Day Four: The Norwegian/German duo of Eivind Melleby and Frithjof Kleen are European Champions after 6 races and didnít had to sail the last race.

But there was still the fight for the silver and bronze medal between 3 teams, who had still the chance: Diaz/Prada, Vater/Morf and me with Markus Koy. The wind was lighter on the last day with 6-9 knots and after some postponement and a general recall the fleet had a start under black flag. We had to beat Augie by 2 points to get second but had a very bad start, but Augie's was even worse. So we had to struggle to get clean air and come in the race again. Due to the local knowledge of my crew Markus, who lived some time in Warnemuende , we managed to get the right shifts and be first at the weather mark, Augie was 6th. We could keep this position to get the bullet in that race, Augie did a very good job and came up to 2nd place to protect his silver medal , Markus and I won the last race and became third place overall. Uli Vater/Karsten Morf were OCS by black flag, which dropped them back to 7th place.

It was a great European Championship: 41 teams from 14 countries, all kind of wind conditions and some big waves to surf . Race officer Robert Niemczewski did a perfect job on the courses and starting lines. Thanks to Warnemuender Segel Club to host this great event.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 GER 8340   Eivind Melleby   Frithjof Kleen   GER 8340   Isol   1.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 42.0 [DNC] 11
2 USA 8465   Augie Diaz   Bruno Prada   USA 8465   BisB   8.0 1.0 8.0 3.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 25
3 Lara   Hubert Merkelbach   Markus Koy   GER 8446   UB   7.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 2.0 1.0 26
4 Econ Industries   Reinhard Schmidt   Paul Sradnick   GER 8427   ZuW   5.0 16.0 1.0 24.0 1.0 12.0 4.0 39
5 NED 8334   Thomas Allart   Kilian Weise   NED 8334   Hol   2.0 9.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 6.0 42
6 Croatel Two   Marin Misura   Tonko Barac   CRO 8360   Dal   16.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 24.0 9.0 12.0 44
7 Chimera   Ulrich Vater   Karsten Morf   GER 8491   BF   3.0 25.0 7.0 4.0 4.0 10.0 42.0 [BFD] 53
8 GER 8204   Michael Koch   Carsten Witt   GER 8204   KF   18.0 6.0 23.0 10.0 3.0 3.0 14.0 54
9 SUI 8487   Urs Hunkeler   Enrico De Maria   SUI 8487   LUV   19.0 3.0 19.0 35.0 9.0 4.0 3.0 57
10 SWE 8433   Carl Schroder   Alexander Schroder   SWE 8433   Kat   11.0 7.0 13.0 13.0 16.0 17.0 7.0 67
11 Los Ballos   Haico De Boer   Stephen Milne   NED 8473   Hol   13.0 12.0 11.0 15.0 6.0 18.0 28.0 75
12 Malou II   Flemming Sorensen   Niels Hansen Thrysoe   DEN 8296   DF   9.0 8.0 4.0 22.0 14.0 25.0 23.0 80
13 GER 8407   Xaver Soellner   Robert Remus   GER 8407   CBM   6.0 28.0 14.0 21.0 29.0 16.0 5.0 90
14 Pinta   Felix Gold   Philip Behn   GER 8213   KF   4.0 22.0 18.0 18.0 19.0 14.0 42.0 [BFD] 95
15 Raketa   Pavlo Bondar   Mykola Dmytrenko   UKR 8119   Eukr   14.0 24.0 6.0 33.0 36.0 8.0 10.0 95.0001
16 Meerpower   Heiko Winkler   Uwe Theilemann   GER 7929   HF   10.0 10.0 10.0 34.0 23.0 42.0 [DNF] 11.0 98
17 Beda   Alexey Zhivotovskiy   Lev Shnyr   RUS 8281   Mosc   12.0 19.0 35.0 11.0 17.0 27.0 16.0 102
18 DEN 8380   Johnny Jensen   Frederik Klakk Jeppesen   DEN 8380   DF   17.0 31.0 26.0 14.0 12.0 5.0 42.0 [BFD] 105
19 Global Star   Stefan Lehnert   Dietmar Hobbie   GER 8361   Brm   30.0 20.0 28.0 12.0 34.0 7.0 8.0 105
20 SWE 8517   Tom Lofstedt   Jesper Sundman   SWE 8517   RS   28.0 11.0 15.0 20.0 10.0 26.0 42.0 [BFD] 110
21 Pied Piper   Jack Jennings   Phil Trinter   USA 8464   LS   21.0 18.0 16.0 5.0 18.0 33.0 42.0 [BFD] 111
22 AUT 8423   Christian Nehammer   Florian Urban   AUT 8423   Att   42.0 [DNF] 21.0 25.0 19.0 11.0 19.0 19.0 114
23 SWE 7978   Ingvar J Krook   Christoffer Lundgren   SWE 7978   AR   25.0 14.0 36.0 27.0 21.0 28.0 17.0 132
24 GER 8130   Henning Voigt   Dirk Struve   GER 8130   Aac   20.0 36.0 17.0 30.0 13.0 20.0 42.0 [DNF] 136
25 MOPS   Jochen Dierks   Herbert Braasch   GER 8262   Lub   29.0 29.0 22.0 25.0 20.0 15.0 27.0 138
26 Mad Box   Bernhard Seger   Walter Oess   SUI 8512   Bod   27.0 13.0 32.0 38.0 31.0 13.0 24.0 140
27 ITA 8202   Paolo Nazzaro   Leone Rocca   ITA 8202   LdB   15.0 15.0 33.0 32.0 28.0 35.0 22.0 145
28 Arlecchino   Juerg Ryffel   Alexander Gouda   SUI 8476   Rap   22.0 17.0 21.0 28.0 30.0 32.0 30.0 148
29 Chinook   Frank Thurner   Jerzy Sukow   GER 8384   ZuW   26.0 30.0 20.0 17.0 35.0 34.0 25.0 152
30 GER 7920   Andreas Dellwig   Oliver Hahne   GER 7920   Moh   32.0 35.0 34.0 31.0 15.0 21.0 20.0 153
31 GER 8179   Klaus Meyer   Jorg Mueller   GER 8179   Brm   24.0 38.0 29.0 29.0 26.0 30.0 15.0 153
32 SUI 8478   Juerg Wittich   Christian Trachsel   SUI 8478   Bod   35.0 33.0 31.0 26.0 22.0 22.0 21.0 155
33 MaJe   Helge Spehr   Jesper Spehr   GER 8225   KF   36.0 37.0 24.0 16.0 38.0 36.0 9.0 158
34 SWE 7684   Hans P Hylander   Anders Nilsson   SWE 7684   Kat   23.0 26.0 37.0 39.0 32.0 37.0 13.0 168
35 Ghost   Dominik Fallais     GER 7674   Aac   42.0 [DNC] 23.0 12.0 9.0 42.0 [DNF] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 170
36 GER 7686   Robin Nolte   Andre Nolte   GER 7686   Glu   34.0 34.0 27.0 36.0 27.0 31.0 18.0 171
37 GER 8321   Arnd Glunde   Cedric Menzel   GER 8321   Neu   31.0 27.0 38.0 23.0 33.0 29.0 29.0 172
38 Karin   Hubert Rauch   Edoardo Natucci   GER 8416   And   42.0 [DNF] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 7.0 25.0 24.0 42.0 [BFD] 182
39 SWE 8126   Lars Nordling   Jasper Hein Nordling   SWE 8126   SwB   33.0 39.0 42.0 [DNF] 40.0 39.0 23.0 26.0 200
40 POL 8417   Ireneusz Stawiany   Jakub Stawiany   POL 8417   Isol   37.0 32.0 30.0 37.0 37.0 38.0 31.0 204
41 GER 7954   Gert Sefzik   Lutz Kramer   GER 7954   Teg   42.0 [DNF] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 42.0 [DNC] 252

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