Without doubt the Australian achiever Glenn Ashby outclassed his competitors with seven straight firsts, after an eights place as a discard in the first race. On the last day of the fast single-handed catamarans, no more race was brought to an end, because of very little and variable winds in the morning. So the best from Thursday where also the winners in the end. Second place went to Scott Anderson (Australia). The real European title amongst two Australians could be given to the Swiss Sascha Wallmer.
Thrilling action was seen in front of the breakwater on the second day of the German Match Race Championship. The wind was more stable there and a good sea breeze allowed haunting duels. The loudest joy was heard on board the only all woman's crew from Franziska Unkelbach, winning against Sven-Erik Horsch with only a tiny lead. The former German Champion Carsten Kemmling marched through to the next round without a loss.
Favourites did win in the other two groups, too. Stefan Meister, who sailed in the 470 in Sydney for Germany, went on to the next round robin, as did Philipp Kadelbach and Alexander Hagen. Tied in points Andreas Willim, Jan-Eike Andresen and Henrik Witzmann are also in the group of nine crews to continue on Saturday (26 July) to find their German Match racing Champion.
The fight for the Title of the World Champion in the Hobie cat 14 class, where the Dutch Thorin Zeilmaker took over the lead on Friday, will be decided on Saturday. Joachim Wegener from Hamburg, Germany had a discard in race 7 but is ahead of Frank Suchanek from Krefeld, Germany, who scores third. Following classes will finish on Saturday: Hobie Tiger and 29er (both Europeans), Hobie FX-One, Sportsboat und Musto Skiff (all Euro Cup) and Laser, Contender, FD, Korsar, 49er. Results of the 114th Travemuende Week from Friday, 25 July
A-Cat Europeans / After 8 Races
1. Glenn Ashby (Australia) 6 Points;
2. Scott Anderson (Australia) 11;
3.Sascha Wallmer (Switzerland) 22;
4. Reinhard Egner (Stephanskirchen, Germany) 33;
5. Penco Paolo (Italia) 44;
6. Luigi Blancato (Italia) 45