Germany, Results 1996
Haltern, October 12-13, 1996
28 OK's came to Haltern. The weather was like in Zwischenahn: Sun and light shifty winds. Mainly because of the good food and free Beer on Saturday and coffee and cake on Sunday this event is so attractive.
Light winds, very shifty.
The first race was won by Rüdiger Prinz, followed by Jörn Richter and Martin von Zimmermann.
The second race was started in the dieing breeze and on the first reach all OK's decided to sail back to the habour, some minutes later the three guns also sent the 470's home.
On saturday night there was a lot of free beer and many different salads as well as some meat.
Again, light winds but with some gusts after some hours of postponement.
Fabian Gronholz played the shifts best to win the race and the event. Second in the race and the regatta was Sven Wormdobler. Uwe Boehm finished third in the race.
|3||GER693||Martin von Zimmermann||3||5||8|
|26||GER698||Jan Dietmar Dellas||21||DNS||50|
Bad Zwischenahn, October 5-6, 1996
28 sailors came to the Zwischenahner Meer, a lake in Oldenburg (north west of Germany, near the Netherlands) to help Ralf "Ossi" Tietje celebrate his 20 years of sailing OK.
It was perfect end summer weather : sun, clear air...and nearly no wind. On saturday at 11:00 the first of two races was started. Both races were held in shifty conditions which were hard to predict. Rüdiger Prinz, German champion 1996, showed his light wind dominance and won both races, followed by Peter Stephan in the first race and Ralf Mackmann in the second race.
On Sunday one race was scheduled for 11:00 but due to totally no wind it was postponed several times. At 13:00 the race committee tried to start in some wind, but big shifts and the lack of wind after the first triangle made them abandon the race.
German Nationals and Open 1996
The German championships were held from 5th to 8th September on lake Dümmer in the north west of Germany.
43 sailors competed, including Alistair Deaves from England, who was on a European sailing tour since Kiel Week, and Rob Hengst from New Zealand, who was in Europe since the 1995 Worlds.
Lake Dümmer is a shallow (1m, sometimes less) lake around 3km long and 2km wide. The regatta was held in light to mid winds from northern directions which have been very shifty. The course was triangle-saussage-triangle. All six races were won by different sailors and all, except one, by a small margin.
The hosting Sailing Club Clarholz organised good social events, like free beer during protest time at the boat park, special prices after each day and meals in the evenings. The organisers also didn't mind that many of us slept on the first floor of the clubhouse without paying for it. It was a very friendly event with fair sailing (no protests made or needed) in very difficult conditions.
Thursday September 5th
Two races scheduled. Light north easterly winds shifting left to north-west, sometimes just hiking conditions.
After a shift to the left just between the first generall recall and the (black flag) start, most of the fleet went left. Just some hundred meters before the windward mark, a gust from 30 degrees to the right saw Peter Scheuerl first, he continued to lead the fleet at all marks, followed by Rainer Rehbehn, Sönke Behrens, Torsten Teutloff and Rüdiger Prinz. At the last beat Peter found a wind hole and the others knew where not to go.
Winner: Sönke Behrens, second Rainer Rehbehn followed by Torsten Teutloff.
North westerly wind up to 4 Bft. Left side of the beat was favoured, but sometimes the right corner was also good.
Karsten Hitz lead the fleet for the first half, only to be caught by Gunter Peters on the third beat. In the building breeze they managed to build a gap to the rest of the fleet. Lucky there was no on the water Jury. Isabell Reppert, who was there to take photos for an OK-portrait in the yachting press, told us in the evening that it was not possible to take photos on the run because the boats were rolling too much...
Winner: Gunter Peters, Karsten Hitz and Jörn Wille.
Friday, September 6
Again shifty conditions but more wind.
Rainer "I had a dream of winning" Rehbehn lead the fleet for the whole race but his traveller sheet broke on the last beat, Jörn Wille overtook him during the repair.
Winner: Jörn Wille, Rainer Rehbehn and Ingo Ballerstein.
The breeze builded up to 5 Bft in some gusts. While in the race before the left corner was in favour, on the starting beat in nearly no wind the right was favoured as the wind built up there first with a 50 degree shift wich came back left too late for most on the left.
Kai "Aggi" Witt was first with a small margin at the first mark, but in the first gust of the building breeze he managed to start planing away with most of the fleet still beating. As most of the sailors in front of the fleet at the first mark were light-weather experts, a lot of places changed during the race.
Winner: Kai "Aggi" Witt, Karsten Hitz and Rüdiger Prinz.
Saturday September 7
Light winds with gusts coming from the right or left together with shifts up to 60 degrees.
Rüdiger Prinz lead the fleet together with Ralf "Ossi" Tietje, Rainer Rehbehn and Jörn Wille. It became clear that the championship would be won by either Jörn "Mr. High-Tech" Wille or Rüdiger "lake runner" Prinz.
Winner: Rüdiger Prinz, Ralf "Ossi" Tietje and Rainer Rehbehn.
After this race Rüdiger and Jörn had -without discard- the same points, Rübe got a sixth to discard and Jörn a 10th. Noone else could win.
Sunday September 8
Light to mid north-westerly winds, shifty, as the days before.
Just from the five minutes gun on, Jörn and Rübe started a match-race. Ingo Ballerstein lead the whole race with Alistair Deaves and Manuel Finder just behind at the last mark. Rüdiger Prinz, around 15 at the first mark, with Jörn Wille just behind, managed to be 7th at the last mark followed by Jörn Wille. If Jörn could get in front of Rübe and in the top 5 he would have won.
On the last beat, Ingo paid attention only to the boats just behind him, as there was a gap of 100 meters to Rainer Rehbehn and Peter Scheuerl. These saw a gust coming from the right with a 50 degree shift and went about 200 meters right. Rübe stayed between Jörn and the finish all the beat. Due to the big shift "clever old man" Rainer and Peter managed to overtake the first boats and Peter was a bit faster on the last meters to get the gun.
Winner: Peter Scheuerl, Rainer Rehbehn and Ingo "I came to Win" Ballerstein. The 5th place of Reudiger Prinz was enough to be champion.
|1||Rüdiger Prinz||GER 634||4||6||4||3||1||5||16.75|
|2||Jörn Wille||GER 699||10||3||1||4||4||7||18.75|
|3||Rainer Rehbehn||GER 595||2||15||2||11||3||2||20|
|4||Ingo Ballerstein||GER 607||9||8||3||12||7||3||30|
|5||Karsten Hitz||GER 672||7||2||11||2||12||DNS||34|
|6||Peter Scheuerl||GER 618||5||9||12||9||17||1||35.75|
|7||Ralf Mackmann||GER 642||6||32||15||6||9||12||48|
|8||Sönke Behrens||GER 449||1||20||8||5||23||15||48.75|
|9||Gunter Peters||GER 674||18||1||5||14||11||18||48.75|
|10||Ralf Tietje||GER 576||26||7||7||17||2||16||49|
|11||Harald Kölsch||GER 606||19||4||9||15||10||13||51|
|12||Thorsten Schmidt||GER 707||14||13||13||10||28||6||56|
|13||Kai Witt||GER 686||15||5||22||1||25||14||56.75|
|14||Jörg Sylvester||GER 679||8||17||17||7||14||27||63|
|15||Thorsten Teutloff||GER 703||3||16||28||13||26||10||68|
|16||Volkmar Kiene||GER 225||28||19||16||23||5||11||74|
|17||Uwe Boehm||GER 599||30||10||14||16||6||DNS||76|
|18||Christian Senst||GER 570||13||27||21||26||8||9||77|
|19||Alistair Deaves||GBR 2010||16||21||19||22||19||4||79|
|20||Christian Hartmann||GER 622||20||22||6||21||30||22||91|
|21||Sven Wurmdobler||GER 649||23||11||20||8||29||DNS||91|
|22||Gerd Breitbart||GER 662||29||14||26||24||16||17||97|
|23||Dirk Dame||GER 688||21||18||18||20||34||20||97|
|24||Marina Dellas (F||GER 680||12||25||24||27||37||21||109|
|25||Jörn Richter||GER 666||25||26||10||25||24||DNF||110|
|26||Dirk Gericke||GER 695||17||12||33||19||32||37||113|
|27||Rainer Schroeter||GER 633||11||29||29||32||13||32||114|
|28||Manuel Finder||GER 579||34||31||30||28||22||8||119|
|29||Rob Hengst||NZL 473||35||23||23||36||20||25||126|
|30||Dieter Senst||GER 577||27||28||38||29||27||19||130|
|31||Matthias Müller||GER 628||32||39||34||18||21||30||135|
|32||Jan Dissel||GER 690||24||24||DNS||DNS||18||24||136|
|33||Kirstin Brand||GER 637||31||37||27||31||15||DNF||141|
|34||Thomas Neveling||GER 664||22||35||37||33||31||26||147|
|35||Burkhard Rössau||GER 635||37||33||25||30||38||31||156|
|36||Norbert Petrausch||GER 630||33||34||35||34||33||35||169|
|37||Birke Taufenbach||GER 670||40||40||32||38||40||23||173|
|38||Rolf Münch||GER 605||39||36||39||37||36||28||176|
|39||Hendrik Baumgart||GER 623||38||38||40||40||42||29||185|
|40||Axel Reuter||GER 654||36||42||41||39||35||34||185|
|41||Jens Bock||GER 589||41||43||36||35||39||36||187|
|42||Nis Welm||GER 678||DNS||30||31||DNF||DNS||DNS||195|
|43||Juliane Hofmann||GER 542||42||41||42||41||41||33||198|
59. Warnemünder Woche
29 OK's from Germany and Britain came to Warnemünde from 11.7 to 13.7 to sail five, of the scheduled 6, races.
The Warnemünder racing area provides for perfect sailing as the course is laid directly in front of the harbour on the open Baltic. With wind from west over north to north east- the normal directions in northern Germany, a big and long wave is building up. Only sailing out to the start may be difficult in some wind, due to some current and the waves.
On the first two days of sailing the wind was blowing 3-5 Beaufort from the west. The OKs sail together with 470s and Europes on the traditional triangle course.
Two races scheduled, wind 5 Beaufort from the west. After a storm on Tuesday, which prevented the two British boats from thinking about training ("waves breaking over the lighthouse"- the official statement was 4m waves), there was still a long wave in the morning (about 1m), getting lower over the day - perfect reaching conditions!
Course length was like at the worlds. Martin von Zimmermann lead the fleet with Peter Scheuerl second, followed by Sönke Behrens. On the second beat Martin got some problems with the mainsheet and got caught by Peter and on the finishing beat by Sönke. Due to stable wind direction, the race was decided mainly by boatspeed and by trying to get to the left in order to avoid some current on the right.
The wind decreased a little, down to 3 Beaufort on the last beat. Again Martin lead before Peter with Jörn Wille third. Martin was well in front and Jörn made a clever move on the final beat to finish second.
Some free beer provided by the race committee and the beautiful promenade of Warnemünde made the evening very enjoyable.
Again the wind direction was west, about 5 Bft, and again with waves, but not as high as on Thursday. The sun came out during the day. The conditions were perfect.
Karsten Hitz, who hadn't managed to get out of bed and on the road on Thursday, showed his dominance with some wind and waves on the beat to lead the fleet with nearly 100 meters from the first mark followed by Peter and Martin. Karsten won with Martin overtaking Peter on the finish.
Again Karsten did a horizon job. Martin second on the first beat, with Peter and Sönke following. Peter reached somewhat faster on the triangle to be second for the rest of the race with a hard fight with Martin on the run. Again Martin managed to be some centimeters in front of Peter on the line.
Sun and westerly winds again. The wind decreased during the fifth race.
Martin lead at the first mark with Jörn Wille second, followed by Hinnerk Ries and Karsten Hitz. On the second beat Karsten took the lead on the first mark with Hinnerk second and Martin and Jörn following. After the run these four boats were close together with Peter following. Due to the dieing breeze the last beat became very tricky. Jörn Wille managed to be first on the line followed by Karsten, Hinnerk and Martin.
The sixth race was started in nearly no wind, which hah shifted 60 degrees north between the races. It was expected to shift back, but the race committee let the fleet go. As it was not possible to fetch the line on starbord at the gun, Peter managed a port start because he was the only one who waited behind the pin end. The first beat started to become a high reach. Unlike during Kiel Week, the race committee noticed this and imeadetly abandoned the race. As it was already 16:30, the committee decided not to try again.
With these five races, and one discard, Martin von Zimmerman, who improved his upwind speed in a breeze, even without wheight-jacket, won the 59. Warnemünder Woche from Peter and Jörn Wille.
The conditions with big waves and some wind have hopefully been a good training for the Worlds in Vaberg.
|1||GER693||Martin v. Zimmermann||3||1||2||2||4||7.75|
Report courtesy Peter Scheuerl, OK GER 618
15 OK sailors, mostly from northern Germany, came to Kiel on June 8th to participate in the Baltic regatta, with Contenders, Int. 14-foot skiffs and 505s. The course was a triangle-sausage with both start and finish in the middle of the beat.
Two races scheduled. Westerly light winds, warm (32 Celsius) and sunny.
In a light breeze most of the fleet went right, but after a few hundred metres Rüdiger Prinz (GER634) went left with Sönke Behrens (GER449) and Kirstin Brand (GER637), hoping for more wind there. Their hope was realised and the group arrived first in this order at the first mark, followed by Peter Scheuerl (GER618) and Rainer Rehbehn (GER595), who just came back to the OK after a 12-year break (he started his OK-career in the late sixties!).
On the second and only full-length beat the first three went left again. Peter, fourth at the leeward mark went right and got a 30 degree shift to be first at the windward mark, followed by Rüdiger. Rüdiger got back the lead on the run again to win the race, Peter second and Kirstin 3rd.
Due to an oncoming thunderstorm the race committee postponed the second race to the next day.
It was too hazy in the morning for sailing so the races where postponed until 13:30. Light westerly winds.
A big shift to the left caused all boats start on port and nearly fetch the mark. After a shift back to the right shortly before the first mark, Sönke lead with the whole fleet following. With a gust before the gybing mark there was nearly a new start at this mark, with Rüdiger Prinz again in front. On the second beat there was a big right shift which saw Rüdiger in front of Peter, followed by Rainer Rehbehn and Jörn Richter (GER666). On the finishing beat Rainer overtook Peter to finish second behind Rüdiger.
The race committee decided to sail the shortened course which meant only a triangle with no long beat.
Rüdiger was first at the windward mark, followed by Sönke and Kirstin, who caught up with Sönke on the reach. The wind increased to about 8 m/s on the final beat wich let Sönke and Peter overtake Kirstin and close the gap with Rüdiger. Peter second, Sönke third.
Report courtesy Peter Scheuerl, OK GER 618
42 OK's from all over Germany came to the Whitsun regatta on lake Schwerin, located between Hamburg and Berlin. Four races with one discard were sailed.
After strong rain in the morning, it became dry in time for the first start, but with the rain also the wind decreased. It remained cloudy with around 1-2 Beaufort of wind from the west.
Positions changed a lot because of the very shifty wind, but it soon became clear that the right side was favoured.
Karsten Hitz (GER672) won, Kirstin Brand (GER637) was second with Uwe Boehm (GER599) third.
The wind was still very light with some gusts and still shifty. The first mark saw Ingo Ballerstein (GER607) first, coming from the right, andhe never lost his lead during the race. From the second beat on it was only possible to catch boats wich made big mistakes e.g. going to the left. Rüdiger Prinz (GER634) finished second, with Jan Dissel (GER690) third.
On Saturday evening there was some free beer and barbeque.
Some more wind from the west.
The wind increased to around 4 Bft. Karsten was second on the first mark, following Martin von Zimmermann (GER693) with Jörn Wille (GER699) third. Karsten overtook Martin on the reach to win the race with a 150m lead. Peter Scheuerl (GER618) overtook Jörn on the run to be third for the last triangle. After Martin going not far enough right on the last beat, Peter finished second with Martin third.
Karsten won again in the decreasing breeze. On the first beat the left side was favoured, but then again the right side seemed to promise more pressure. Jörn Wille finished second with Harald Kölsch (GER606) third.
|14||GER693||Martin von Zimmerman||25||22||3||12||13|