J/24 German Open
May 27, 2013
The J/24 Class in Germany continues to have fun sailing competitive regattas across the many inland lakes as well as on the Baltic or North Seas. Recently, their German Open J/24 Regatta was hosted by Flensburger Segel-Club sailed in the Flensburg Fjord on the Baltic Sea, a beautiful and challenging place to sail for anyone. A fleet of 28 J/24s enjoyed the event. Despite difficult weather conditions for the weekend of sailing, the PRO managed to conduct four races for the fleet of the nine that were planned. In the end, the team of GER 5420 took first place by the narrowest of margins. With Simon Grorteluschen as skipper and crew of Justus Kellner, Tobias Peters, Jan-Marc Ulrich and Mattias Wallentin, their team started slowly and finished with a flourish, scoring 8-6-2-3 for 19 points to take the regatta by one point. Second overall was the top women’s German team that sailed extremely well in the event. GER 513 skipper by Ragna Thonnessen with crew of Laura Hatje, Ann-Kathrin Frank, Lisa Raschdorf, Janne Hopken and Venita Damm sailed to a 3-1-9-7 for 20 points. Taking the third position on the podium was GER 5281 skippered by Jan Kahler. His crew of Roland Bohm, Tim Becker, Olaf Zeitz and Ole Harder sailed the best last three races for the entire fleet. They scored a 12-4-1-4 for 21 points, to narrowly miss out taking the regatta overall. Rounding out the top five finishes are the GER 4230 team lead by Peer Kock in fourth and GER 5440 skippered by Matthias Garzmann in fifth. Congratulations to all for such a great turnout! For more J/24 German Open sailing information, visit http://www.fsc.de/regatten/germanopenj24.html.