Today we had our best day of sailing so far on the EFG MothEuroCup Circuit this year. After plenty of heavy showers this morning the skies magically cleared up and the Wind Gods blessed us with 12-22 knots of perfect breeze.
A total of 28 sailors from 6 Nations are competing here on Lake Wittensee for the 5th Act of the EFG MothEuroCup. Together with his efficient team of helpers our Principal Race Officer (PRO) Eike Dietrich of the Wassersport Club am Wittensee got the racing started around 2 o’clock. Disaster struck for the favorite, Ben Paton, when his down haul broke and he had to hurry back to shore in order to make a temporary fix. In the mean time his rivals fought it out for the win of the first race. Overall circuit leader Chris Rast was looking good today in the windier conditions, scoring 3 bullets, a second and a third, putting him firmly in first in the current standings. Ben Paton finally found some good form in the third race, winning it with a comfortable margin. The last race saw a Nils Akervall coming off the line at lightning speed and managing the shiftiest race of the day in smart fashion. The wind had shifted right and was now coming more off of the shore, providing some strong puffs and short living shifts. Nils won the race ahead of Ben Paton and Chris Rast.
The sailors were greeted with plenty of free drinks and hors d’ouvres upon arrival back on shore, resulting in lots of smiling faces all around the fleet.
Thanks to our local sponsor for this event, IMMAC, the sailors are enjoying free food and drink for the entire event. This includes an “Italian” evening for today and a proper German Barbeque tomorrow.
As the forecast is looking good again for tomorrow with good breeze and some intermittent sunshine the Race Committee is planning on kicking of racing at 11AM.
Top 5 results:
- Chris Rast, 8 points
- Nils Akervall, 15 points
- Max Mäge, 27 points
- Ben Paton, 36 points
- Sven Kloppenburg, 36 points
Full Overall Results can be found here: RESULTS
Here is the Link to today’s great pictures by Martina Orsini: Pictures, Day 1
Sailor Profile: Stefan Järudd from Sweden
Less than a year ago Stefan was laying in a hospital bed, recovering from having half of his left lung removed. The doctors had discovered a malignant tumor after he had battled 3 ammonias early in the year and his way to recovery unfortunately included this drastic surgical procedure. During his recovery at the hospital he was watching the America’s Cup and also the Moth World Championship in Hawaii. He immediately knew that learning how to master a moth was going to be a perfect way to loosen all the scar tissue from his surgery!
Stefan being a very accomplished top level sailor in the 1980s and 1990s, including podium finishes in the OK dinghy and the DN Iceboat, took a step back from sailing until his recent run-in with the Moth. But once he saw how quick and effortless these boats were racing around the marks he decided to buy one and get involved in the class. He actually now also is the Mach2 Dealer for Sweden and is strongly supportive of the class in Scandinavia.
After his 56th birthday and only 5 months after the surgery he took his first spin on a Mach2 in February this year Blackrock in Australia. He had now officially been infected by the Moth Virus and sails his moth as often as possible!