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International 14 European Championships at Travemünder Woche

Right from the off 18-22 knots on the first day, Wednesday, with the forecast not set to change until Saturday at the International 14 European Championship. The water was a black mess, rippling with the small wavelets you get on top of the rolling waves, that you only get when it's nuclear.

Clearly we thought our German friends would call it off... I'm so glad that they didn't though! What a day. Each race was scheduled to be three laps, 30 minute races.

Right from race 1, Archie/Damian ducked the fleet on port aiming for the one tack beat option, learning a trick from the extreme 40s. This proved decisive. Although some port tackers later crossed on the starboard lay, Archie/Damian rounded first and were never challenged, in fact sitting in on each run! Those behind who chased too hard often found themselves in the drink as the wave state was chronic with the occasional vertical backs. Definitely a day to back off a bit. Race 2 went a similar way, with a few more joining in on the port start fun. Dan/Chris sailed a clean 2,2 for the day to sit comfortably second overall.

Race three and four were sailed on the SAP course and the races were even shorter. The spoils went evenly to Glen/Sam and Archie/Damian with a 1,2 each. Again the port tack start proving decisive in each race. Katie/Nigel got a solid third in the first race.

Race five and six were again sailed on the SAP course with live coverage on the big screens. This was because the 505s deemed the SAP course unsuitable for their Nationals, (even though SAP is their principle sponsor), and SAP preferred the adrenaline fuelled 14s. Douglas/Mark came to fore with a 1,2 and Glen/Sam had another solid day with a 4,1. The four was a result of their in-boom sheeting getting stuck. Meanwhile Archie/Damian had a shocker with a 4,10, resulting from a kite-wrap and capsize respectively. The Germans Georg/Eike had an improved day with a 2,3 using their second mast of the week.

So it all came down to the last day with Archie/Damian ahead by four points of Glen/Sam and a further two ahead of Dan/Chris. However the wind was significantly lighter around the 10 knot mark and so it was certainly not a done deal.

In the first race, Glen sailed off to a substantial lead followed by the Peckolt brothers (bronze 49er medallists from Beijing), then Douglas/Tait. Archie/Damian followed in fourth. This meant that whoever won the last race between the top two would win the European Championships.

So... in a touch more wind, the two lead protagonists got off to a clean start, Glen/Sam just failing to roll Archie/Damian coming into the starboard lay line on port. However, they were able to sail around the top mark in first with Douglas/Tait sneaking in between in second. It was looking like race over. But on the reaching legs to the gybe mark, Archie/Damian laid the gybe mark without dropping and then proceeded to extend away from Glen/Sam into the bottom mark. However the race ain't over until the fat lady sings. Glen/Sam put down the throttle and again led at the top mark from Archie/Damian by two boat lengths. Glen/Sam were able to get the first gybe back towards the finish and with the race win were crowned European Champions.

Overall results:
 

Pos

Sail No

Skipper

Club

Pts

1

 GBR 1543

Truswell Glen

 

15

2

 GBR 1519

Massey Archie

Itchenor Sailing Club

16

3

 GBR 1544

Pattison Douglas

SC

25

4

 GBR 153

Holman Daniel

Bough Beech

29

5

 GER 28

Georg BORKENSTEIN

WSCW

32

6

 GBR 1520

Nurton Katie

Itchenor SC

46

7

 GER 91

Voss Oliver

KYC

50

8

 GER 221

Heim Stephan

PBYC

60

9

 GER 78

WITTE Jan

SSC

61

10

 GER 12

Dirk ROTHER

SVWakenitz

68

11

 GER 81

Holste Carmen

WSCW

77

12

 GBR 1546

Duchesne Charles

Itchenor Sailing Club

81

13

 GER 53

Jan PECKOLT

YCL

86

14

 GER 23

Henning UCK

MIYC

88

15

 GER 02

Merkel Tobias

FYC

103

16

 GER 90

Stefan LAHMER

ASVZR

118

17

 GER 218

Bjoern FRASCH

SVW

131

18

 GER 230

Axel REINSCH

SVST

141

19

 GER 96

Möller Bettina

SSvH

180

20

 GER 11

Kai KAHM

svw

197

21

 GBR 1508

Smith Colin

Itchenor SC

197

22

 GER 180

Meyer Anke

WSCW

200

23

 GER 8

Denninger Miriam

STSG

204

24

 GER 88

Roocks Peter

SVW

144

25

 GER 244

Robert BAUTZ

ASVZR

162

26

 GER 20

Kienzler Michael

SVS

180

27

 GER 44

Schafft David

SVSS

181

28

 GER 14

Bartel Sarah

 

184

29

 GBR 1486

Werner Franziska

ASV z.R.

185

30

 GER 154

Preuhsler Thomas

WSCW

186

31

 GER 95

Petersen Erik

WSCW

192


Congratulations to Glen and Sam for sailing a superb series and really showing the fleet how fast a 14 can be made to go.


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