Day One of Whitsun-Racing in the Baltic-Circuit.

As the day draws to a close, both the Kerteminde based „BigBoat Challenge“  as the „Nordseewoche“ off Heligoland completed a great day of racing.

Clear skies and winds around 10 kts made the scene off Kerteminde as the competitors of this year’s “BigBoat Challenge” crossed the starting-line for the first of today’s three races.

Separated in four starts (DH 1 - 3, IRC), close racing could be provided inside each group, as shifty winds and difficult currents made racing quiet demanding for the whole fleet.

“In regard of our crew work and boathandling, this was a good day,” said Kirsten Harmstorf, Skipper of the German all-female entry “Tutima”.

As the highly competitive IRC Class saw 14 boats competing, the crew of “Tutima” managed to put them self in a solid 7th position after today’s racing. “However we still need to get more into this difficult sailing- area. Especially its very challenging currents gave us a hard time”, Harmstorf continued

For further information and the results of today’s racing, make sure check back under following link.

While the yachts off Kerteminde enjoyed near barefoot sailing conditions, the crews competing in the “Nordseewoche” chosed boots over bare feet. Whilst roundabout 140 yachts made their way from the German coast through the North Sea to the island of Heligoland, the yachts competing in the “SE Vibe Out Series” were already racing to determine the winner of the “Hummer-Cup”, given to the best yacht competing in the “Vibe Out Series” on corrected time.

This year’s winning team is anything but new to the game: The crew of the X-332 Sport “patent3” owned by Jürgen Klinghardt lived up to their earlier success as they took the overall lead in ORCi Devision Beta at the 2010 “ORCi Worlds” held at Flensburg last autumn.  “Apart from one guy, we won the Worlds last year in this crew-combination,” said a noticeably happy Jürgen Klinghardt.

Don’t miss to pay a visit to the event-page of the “Nordseewoche” as it provides further information on today’s action.

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