Please select your home edition
Edition
Vetus-Maxwell 2021 v2 LEADERBOARD

Int'l Europe Class Global Veteran Cup - Good wind at Lake Duemmer

by Andy Greager on 30 Aug 2010
Great turnout: 61 competitors at the 23rd Global Veteran Cup - International Europe Class Global Veteran Cup 2010 Tom Oberlies
Int'l Europe Class Global Veteran Cup

Europe Dinghy Veterans fight it out in a total of six races; New Zealand Champion Antje Muller finishes fourth over all and second woman in a strong fleet of 61 boats.


Saturday surprised the fleet with sunshine and moderate winds, so the fleet could enjoy some fantastic racing. Pieter van Laer continued his clean slate, sailing away from the fleet especially when the 'O' flag was up, allowing competitors to pump, rock, and ooch in the short choppy waves. Antje started the day strong with a second place, but drew a bad start in race five. Even though she fought her way back up from mid-fleet to 12th place, this was her discard for the series. She enjoyed the day though: 'Even though the sun was out, it was much colder than yesterday, so for the first time in nine years I was wearing a dry suit. This really created a bit of nostalgia for me. Having to sail through the fleet added to that impression, as I have been more used to the middle than the front of the fleet before this season. It is a lot of fun to sail in a friendly but strong and competitive fleet!' Many fellow sailors were baffled by the 'home advantage' that the New Zealand representative could claim on this German lake; Antje had trained and raced here many times before she emigrated to the other side of the planet in 2001. The boat she is sailing is her original Hein dinghy with a wooden deck, made in Germany in 1993.

An important decision for the New Zealand was taken on that day with the Veterans confirming to hold their Global competition in New Zealand in 2012. It is a first for this event to be held outside Europe. What started as a friendly get-together of like-minded sailors has grown into a competitive but still jovial international event attracting high calibre sailors from inside and outside the fleet. There is strong interest from the European veterans to use their winter for this event, and it looks like at least two full containers will be shipped around the world. For more information about the 2012 Global Veteran Cup, please go to the event information on http://www.boiyachtclub.co.nz/europe.php.

The 23rd Global Veteran Cup has come to a close on Sunday afternoon (EU time) with some impressive results mirroring both the high standard and the flexibility of the Class. The oldest competitor Helmut Krueger, aged 82, was received with great acclaim and carried home a magnum bottle of Champagne. How the boats have changed over time became apparent as the prize for the best fully wooden boat went to Francois Aubard in 22nd place. A special award went to the one and only competing monk, Jerzy Sztyk from Poland.

Just ahead of him was Miroslav Cenek from Czech Republic who took home the prize for the best man over 60 years old, and in addition his Club will host the 2011 Veteran World Cup in Brno. First lady over 50 years old was Anke Dankowski who started sailing Europe Dinghies when her daughter entered the class as a teenager.

Many of the performers in the age classes have been 'pressured' into sailing by their children, like Peter Paeper who finished third in the over-60s, and Ute Mueller who finished second in the ladies 50 plus division.

At the top end, previous Veteran champion Jean-Luc Labonne had to bow to the top three ladies as well as fellow Frenchman Jean-Paul Terret in second place who also won the men's division for 50 to 59-year-olds, and Belgian Pieter van Laer who scored only first places. In the last race, both him and Jean-Paul were a bit too quick on the mark and got disqualified under the black flag rule, but that could not endanger their top results.

The ladies fought it out until the last race, and the honours went to Birgit Harder. Antje's third place was enough for her to stay in front of Anja Fiedler, who deservedly won the last race. After a very successful season in New Zealand, the silver medal in this event confirmed Antje's great form. Regular training, coming down to optimum weight, and a new Quantum sail are Antje's secrets of success.


[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]


Henri-Lloyd M-PRO FOOTER SWPantaenius 2022 - SAIL & POWER 2 FOOTER NZWebasto AUS 2020 FOOTER 2

Related Articles

Foiling Youth World Series announced
A new event created by Foiling Week™ dedicated to young talented sailors Today at 09:30 (CET), Mr. Scott Over, Ms. Li Li, Mr. Aaron Young, Mr. Bruno Giuntoli and Mr. Luca Rizzotti met on live streaming to announce the guidelines of the Foiling Youth World Series, a multi-class team championship created by Foiling Week™.
Posted today at 2:33 pm
UN Ocean Conference
The Ocean Race calls for a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights The Ocean Race and its global collaborators - including the Government of Cabo Verde - took a major step forward in their efforts to give the ocean a voice and make it an international legal entity.
Posted today at 1:36 pm
Rapid progress on James Sainsbury's new Moth
He now has a pile of parts, including a hull! It has been ten days since the first update. Progress has been good, so I now have a pile of parts, including a hull! Fitting a boat build in around a 8-5 full time job is not easy. The 5:30 starts and 23:00 finishes definitely makes for a long day.
Posted today at 11:54 am
14s Forever
Nothing lasts forever.... unless you're an International 14 The International 14 would bring the giants of 'between the wars' dinghy design, Morgan-Giles, Thornycroft and Fox, to the fore whilst at the same time laying the foundations of sailing competition on the international stage.
Posted today at 11:00 am
Hannah Mills joins schoolchildren in Plymouth
To mark one month until Great Britain Sail Grand Prix To mark one month to go until the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix returns to Plymouth, students from Years 7 and 8 at Plympton Academy were today joined by the world's most successful female Olympic sailor (2 gold, 1 silver) Hannah Mills OBE
Posted today at 9:14 am
RS Aero Worlds at Cascade Locks day 4
The lay day saw the fleet returning refreshed, ready for more Gorge action Day 4 of the RS Aero Worlds followed the lay day with the fleet returning refreshed ready for more Gorge action.
Posted today at 6:29 am
Girl power to the fore at RS Fever Winter Champs
Girl power took out last weekend's inaugural RS Feva Winter Champs held at Maraetai Sailing Club Locals Kate Rasmussen and Madi Russell took out the RS Feva class, which was a good reward for the time they've spent in the boat lately as they build up to the world championships in Weymouth in a few weeks.
Posted today at 1:08 am
5.5 Metre fleet basks in brilliant Hankø sunshine
As world championship is opened 23 International 5.5 Metres from 10 nations have made their final preparations in a brilliantly sunny Hankø for the Worlds which starts on Friday. Ten races are scheduled over the next five days in what looks like being a fairly breezy week ahead.
Posted on 30 Jun
2022 ORC Worlds at Porto Cervo overall
Beau Geste, Essentia44 and Sugar 3 win the titles After five days of competitive sailing with a long offshore and six inshore windward/leeward races, three new ORC World Champion teams have emerged here at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Posted on 30 Jun
Svea's coastal course success squeezes Topaz
On day two at Superyacht Cup Palma Svea won the first round-the-buoys 'coastal' race for the J Class at Superyacht Cup Palma today, a 22.7 nautical mile course which took the fleet on a long upwind SW across the bay, reaching and running back to complete a couple of smaller circuits.
Posted on 30 Jun