KIELER WOCHE 2018 - FOLKEBOOT CLASS

A grey and overcast day met the competitors for the first day of Kiel Week 2018. The Folkboat class had an hour sail to their race course ‘foxtrot’ located on the south-east headland at Kiel, some way away from the Olympic dinghy classes, but sharing the racing area with J24’s and Albion’s.

Those who had attended the earlier weather briefing knew that the day was forecast for the wind to ‘clap out’ completely, and by 2:00pm the wind delivered the inevitable and the race committee abandoned the racing for the day, having started the race one for all competitors, in a mixed bag of 20-degree wind shifts and one massive squall with rain. This then all subsided to 3 knots and sunshine, a truly diverse weather pattern. All competitors trudged in with no races completed, and an uphill battle for the race committee to get in 11 races in three days.

Day two brought steady 12-14 knots of breeze, and sun. The fleet had a real depth of talent in it with the German’s being the dominant force. Four of the competitors finishing in 4th, 5th, 8th and 15th in last year’s centenary Gold Cup (75 years young) and a further competitor who had won the Gold Cup on two occasions previously, throw in a Dane who had beaten the Germans the weekend before at the KYC regatta and one Brit (ourselves) and there was a real International flavour too.

Courses were well laid and the race turn around superb. Day two saw the usual windward leeward courses, twice up and down and the final leg out to a wing mark before the finish. Beats were approximately three quarters of a mile. Being backed up behind the J24 start always left the fleet open to delays with general recalls but this only occurred twice in the three days, and didn’t detract from great race management.

The opening days racing (day two) saw Sonke Durst, in GER 564 really open his account with a 1,2,2,4 . An extremely consistent performance, which he was to continue into the second day. Jurgen Breitenbach, the German Folkboat class chairman GER 417 held overnight third place 4,1,6,3 and second was held by the top performing German boat from last year’s Gold Cup, Walther Furthmann GER 466 with 2,6,1,6. The results didn’t reflect how close the second to sixth place was, as there was literally one place between each boat in order. As for the brits, we were showing improvement and getting to grips with the conditions finishing the day with 10,7,3,2.

Day three (but only our second day of racing), brought a couple of more knots of breeze to the race course. GER 564 picked up where they had left off the previous day locking in a 2,1,1,8. The noticeable other changes to the pecking order were Ulf Kipcke GER 739 who had by his standards had a slow start to the regatta, as billed the local favourite and numerous times Kiel week winner, with a 4,5,3,3 he was starting to build momentum for a charge into the top 3 leading into the final day. This left GER 466 in a solid second position having scored a 1,3,5,1 still breathing down the neck of GER 564. This left GER 417 squeezed out of the top three in a tussle with DEN 703 Carl Otto Hedegaard and GBR 673 Simon Osgood. All having a mixed bag for the day.

Feeling the pain from 8 races in two days the fleet were greeted with 20-22 knots of breeze, and the final three races to be sailed. GER 739 came out with clear intent, scoring a bullet in the first race. GER 564 and GER 466 got into a tussle around the final turn mark in race one resulting in GER 564 having to do to turns as they infringed again in takin their penalty turns. GER 466 scored a 3rd with GER 564 down in 6th for the first race. GER 564 saw no repeat of any costly errors and went on to score a 1st and 2nd for the final two races and effectively wrapped up the regatta win. For the remainder of the fleet there was a real mix of results, and GER 334 – Kristian Klein, built a useful finish and was revelling in the windier conditions, scoring a 2,4,6 to lift them to 7th overall.

In summary, a fantastically organised event, with great courses and race management. A big congratulation to Sonke Durst and his team of Marc Rokicki and Ulrich Schaefer for the win. We are all now looking ahead to the Gold Cup in Simrishamns in Sweden, July 4th.

 

Top Ten results:

POS

Country

Sail Number

Helm

Crew

Crew

Points

1

GER

564

Sonke Durst

Marc Rokicki

Ulrich Schaefer

22

2

GER

466

Walther Furthmann

Hans Mrowka

Wolfgang Heck

29

3

GER

739

Ulf Kipcke

Dieter Kipcke

Horst Dittrich

35

4

GER

417

Jurgen Breitenbach

Wolfgang Rosteck

Uwe Grigull

44

5

DEN

703

Carl-Otto Hedegaard

Henrik Holk

Ole Hjaltelin

50

6

GBR

673

Simon Osgood

Jamie Lea

Magnus Strom

54

7

GER

334

Kristian Klein

Manuel Wettels

Martin Jahmarkt

64

8

GER

1001

Rainer Hasselmann

Jochen Bobbert

Gernot Meyer

71

9

GER

1096

Nils Hansen

Sven Johannsen

Carsten Reuter

99

10

GER

836

Klaus Scholten

Gitta Ronn

Max Bruckner

100

 

 

 

 


 

 

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