July 10, 2016
The world’s largest sailing regatta, Kieler Woche in Germany, hosted the Open German National Championship the J/24s. The 25 J/24s from Sweden, Germany, Monaco and the United Kingdom enjoyed great racing over four days, despite the somewhat stormy conditions that befell them at the beginning of the regatta. In the end, it was Tobias Feuerherdt’s TEAM ROTOMAN crew (Jan-Marc Ulrich, Lukas Feuerherdt, Justus Fritz Kellner & Tobias Peters) that won the regatta after 11 races were sailed, with just nine counting (two races could be discarded). As a result, Feuerherdt counted all top three finishes (1-2-1-3-2-3-1-1-1) for a total of 15 points net. Taking second was the American skipper Travis Odenbach sailing with a British crew on HITCHHIKER (Andrew Taylor, Iain Stringer, Paul Williams, & Izzy Savage), posting all top seven scores to take the silver with 26 points net. Third was Stefan Karsunke’s German crew on SULLBERG (Tim Habekost, Carsten Kerschies, Christian Carstens, & Malte Gibbe) with all top ten finishes for 35 points net. The top Swedish team was Per-Hakan Persson’s crew sailing FRONT RUNNER in sixth place with 47 points. For more Kiel Week sailing information, visit http://www.kieler-woche.de/english/.