German Nationals gathers 23 Seascapes
German Seascape18 Open National Championship took part this weekend on beautiful lake Walchensee. German Seascape18 owners have been joining the Nationals since 2012, but there is one thing that makes this event stand out from any other Seascape18 events up until now – 23 Seascape18 teams lined up on the starting line, which makes it the biggest Seascape18 event so far!
German Seascape18 owners association is one of the two most active Seascape classes in the world, but definitely the biggest one, since it gathers more than 50 German Seascape18 owners. Apart from their racing calendar, they make sure that every owner in Germany has his fun on Seascape. For four years in a row, German owners have been organizing a Seascape18 cruising, also setting a record with 14 boats this year on Ijsselmeer Raid.
On their website, seascape18.de, you can find news on all their events and activities, but also useful information about maintaining and handling your boat.
Before the German Nationals, German SSC18 association organized a training week for all owners who wanted to prepare themselves for the race, regardless of their sailing experience. 12 boats joined the training, improving their skills, meeting other owners and enjoying the beauty of Walchenssee.
The location and the date of this years German Nationals proved to be an excellent choice. Even-though we are not used to having summer regattas, this was a perfect choice in terms of weather and wind, as well as very convenient for family teams which sometimes can’t join other events. Lake Walchensee was the perfect location for the event, not only for its perfect sailing conditions, but also clear water and amazing scenery. Thanks to the local club who hosted and supported the event, our Seascape18 sailors had wonderful evenings on shore.
Teams from all over Europe joined the event – Germany, Slovenia, Netherlands and Austria. During three days on lake Walchensee, 23 teams sailed 9 races in great weather conditions with 10-20 knots of wind. Speed challenge, a new concept which was tested last year on our Seascape Cup and Seascape Challenge, was also added to the total score on German Nationals.
Slovenian team Blue Sardina, with Dejan Presen and Denes Szilagyi was dominating most of the race, wining the first place overall after three days of sailing. Three teams had a close fight for the podium, with another Slovenian team, Jure Jerkovič and Urkla Košir who took the second and the team from Netherland on the third place with Nikki Schuttrups, Ton van Liebergen and Robert Jan Kentgens. German team with Anne Kruger, Mathias Busch and Tom Bollmann ended up on the fourth place overall, but winning the title of the new German National Champion! Congratulations to all teams on great sailing and creating another great event in Germany!
Thanks to our friend Martin Kendler who join the event and captured moments with his camera.
Looking forward to another interesting project from our German owners, we are sure it is going to be a full score!