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GER EuroCup Leg - Kieler Woche

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Report : Tom Conway
Photos Fotografie C.B. / ©

The MUSTO Skiff Euro Cup fleet had 20 entries at Kieler Woche 2013 with competitors travelling from as far a field as Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Great Britain and of course Germany. The atmosphere at Kieler Woche was electric and the view over the Baltic race courses was spectacular with this being the largest sailing event in Europe with 4,500 competitors in various craft taking part.

Racing could be watched on a huge TV set up in the centre of the dinghy park on the specially prepared Kiel Wocher TV racing course. It was an amazing event with great wind conditions and a mixture of sunshine and rain which did not dampen the fun.

On Day 1 we had a tricky force 3 breeze with 3 races ran. All races were very close with tight finishes and 3 different winners. Florian Kemper had the overall lead closely followed by Nicolas Duchoud and Paul Dijkstra.

Day 2 brought a force 4/5 gusty wind with rain which made for very interesting racing with 4 races completed. The day belonged to Roger Oswald winning 3 out of the 4 races with Paul Dijkstra taking the other win of the day.

Day 3 brought extremely challenging conditions with a good forces 5/6 breeze and some strong gusts just to entertain the competitors and spectators viewing. Iver Ahlmann showed that weight is not everything for heavy wind sailing by winning the last 2 out of the 3 races ran this day. Roger Oswald was the other race winner keeping him in the lead going into the final day.

Going into day 4, the competition was still wide open between Roger Oswald. Paul Dijkstra and Iver Ahlmann all in with a chance of overall victory. The conditions were again very trying with a good 4/5 breeze gusting 6 on occasions. The front of the fleet for the penultimate race was very tight with Paul Dijkstra taking the win followed by Roger Oswald and Nicolas Dichoud. The final race was again tightly fought with Nicolas Duchoud taking the win from Paul Dijkstra and Roger Oswald.

This was enough to give the overall series win to Roger Oswald who thoroughly deserved the crown after being very consistent throughout the event.

All competitors appeared to thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere on this huge gathering of sailing craft and competitors at Kiel and the event ran with typical German precision. Hopefully many of the other sailors will have seen the sheer power and fun that the MUSTO Skiff provides and may decide to join our fleet.
All competitors saw this Euro Cup leg as a great success and many said that they will return for Kieler Woche 2014. Letís hope that we can at least double the entry with a bit of gentle persuasion to other MUSTO sailors back in their homelands.

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