German Open- Yachtclub Steinhuder Meer e.V.
competitors from 4 nations attended.
Photos: Petra from YCSTM
Report: Florian Kemper
German nationals started on friday
on lake "Steinhuder Meer" with norhtern German
and glassy water stopped the fleet from starting. But
soon with a building breeze the fleet was sent out.
25 competitors from 4 nations
By the time racing started conditions settled to finest
skiff sailing, with breeze around 15 knots, gusting
to 20. Flat water made the sailing easy, as the lake
is only around 1.5 to 2 meters deep, which even caused
some soft groundings, but made no major problems.
First race was won by 49er sailer Julian Ramm, who sailed
After that race it was Paul Dijkstra´s show to
start. With great upwind speed and clean starts at the
pin end, he scored three bullets in a row, to take a
solid lead with 2,1,1,1 finishes.
Saturday starts with a postponement due to glassy water
again, but all sailors are entertained well with good
coffee in the clubhouse as well as some tabletop football
racing was canceled due to windspeeds close to zero
but rain all day.
Sunday morning showed nice golden autumn conditions
with wind around 10 to 12 knots in sunshine. These lighter
conditions couldn´t stop Paul from also winning
race 5. Sailing was a lot more tricky and gusty, which
obviously favoured Swiss sailor Nicolas Douchod. He
could secure bronze medal position with race wins in
races 6 and 8. 49er sailor Julian Ramm held 2nd place,
with another win in race 9 and a solid performance troughout
A well deserved overall win of the regatta went to Netherlands
Paul Dijkstra, who could discard two 3rd places.
Under 23-Year old ranking was won by Germany´s
Till-Jonas Gerngross. Over 50-Year ranking was won by
swiss Fritz Selb.
Yacht Club Steinhuder Meer made the best of the conditions
and set up a great event with intense racing as well
as great social events.
A big thanks also goes to German Ovington distributor
Holger Jess, who originally founded the event, which
was from then called "Jess-Skiff-Finale",
and supported the regatta with useful skiff prices as
well as some financial background.
001: Foggy conditions but brilliant skiff sailing with
15 to 18 knots and flat water
009: 49er sailer Julian Ramm winning Race 1
015: Fleet on the starting line with Paul doing great
clean starts to score three bullets