After a long days travelling I finally arrived at Wanemunde, the venue for the German Europa Cup. I decided to attend this event as a warm up ahead of the World Laser Radial Championships in Poland in July.
During the event, a festival is also held in Warnemunde to really make the place a spectacle from the 5th – 13th July. Our racing was held from the 5th – 8th July. Thousands of people descend on this small location, many who have just stepped off their luxurious cruise liner for the day!
Unfortunately I didn’t receive my charter boat until very late the night before the regatta started so I was frantically busy setting it up ready for racing and desperate to get out onto the race course to test everything out. I eventually got the chance to do this when finished setting the boat up at 7:15pm! I went out for 45 minutes and everything seemed in order.
On the first scheduled day of racing we were postponed ashore all day due to a lack of wind. This had been all too common for European regattas this season with a similar situation having recently occurred at the Europeans in Croatia and Kiel Week in Germany. This cancellation gave me the chance to get out for a run to maintain some fitness.
On Day Two we spent 7 hours on the water for two races. Again these races were held in very light winds and I was happy to come away with a 3rd and a 5th place in the 52 boat fleet.
Day Three saw more wind from a different direction, which resulted in some nice waves to catch downwind. I sailed well in these conditions to claim 1,1,3 in the three races that day to move up into 2nd overall. I had some good battles this day with the Belgian sailor who lead overall.
Day Four we all launched in an offshore wind, which was shifting quite a lot. After a long period sitting around out there waiting for the course to be laid, we started a race but this was eventually abandoned mid-way through. All racing was then cancelled for the day meaning that I would finish in 2nd overall one point off 1st!
Congratulations to the other WA sailors competing on their results in the event: Brad Utting (6th Laser Radial) & Mark Spearman (5th Laser Standard & 2nd U21).
This event was a great warm up event to get my mind back into bigger fleet and longer course racing and I look forward to using this to my advantage going forward towards the World Championships.
Thank you to Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support!