Berlin MUSTO Skiff
Trophy 25-26. August 2012
Report : Heiko Schneider
Photos : Stewart Patience
I was looking forward to a nice weekend
of sailing in Berlin as I attached my trailer to my
car. After a six hour drive from Oelde (North Rhine-Westphalia),
I couldnít believe my eyes. First you have this huge
city, then thereís this stunning lake so close to the
city centre. Itís an exciting combination that really
makes Berlin unique.
I quickly parked the boat and checked into my room.
Then a small group of us headed to the beer garden to
talk about our sailing experiences, boat tuning and
of course to learn about Wannsee. Saturday was the first
race day, so we had to rig our boats.
We were happy to learn that the launch had been postponed
from 11am to 12pm, so everybody was able to get onto
the water on time. In the first race there was a softly
blowing breeze, but throughout the course of the day
the wind became increasingly intense. In other words,
it was great sailing weather. The temperature was pleasant
and there were just a few clouds, and we were able to
sail four races. There were lots of gusts and wind shifts,
so I was constantly getting in and out on the wire,
which was quite exhausting and required a lot of concentration.
During the breaks we had plenty of time to relax, because
the races were only about 30 minutes long and we had
to wait for the 29ers sharing a course with us. In the
late afternoon the clubhouse served Leberkäse in
bread rolls and free drinks and after a great dayís
sailing, we enjoyed a lovely evening back at the beer
On the morning of the second race day the wind was even
stronger. At 11am we were ready to start and everything
was going according to plan. But unfortunately there
were only eight boats on the starting line, because
two sailors had been slightly injured on Saturday.
The weather was beautiful again, although everyone had
a little trouble keeping the boats upright and we frequently
capsized. Righting the boats wasnít easy given the wind
that was gusting at 25 knots, but we had to be quick
to avoid the passing ferries. Iíve heard that if youíre
in the way, the ferries simply blow their horns instead
of going around you.
After the second race, I decided to join some other
MUSTOs returning to the harbour as I simply lacked the
strength to keep tackling the strong winds. Afterwards,
a final race with four boats was launched. Rain set
in as we were all packing up the boats in the harbour,
but luckily by that point we were almost finished. After
the ceremony, I hit the road again for another six-hour
trek along the highway.
In my opinion, the race was a great success. We enjoyed
fantastic weather and the local MUSTOskiff sailors did
a great job of organising everything. I will definitely
come back to Berlin again next year and hopefully even
more MUSTOs will take part in this great sailing event