No wind and no races off Neustadt

August 22, 2007

Farr 40, BARKING MAD, USA, Jim Richardson , Photo by: Rolex / Daniel Forster It was the calm after the storm that didn't allow any race at the Rolex Baltic Week in Neustadt on Wednesday (22 August). The sailors vainly waited ashore until 15.30 h local time for any more wind. But when a thunderstorm approached, race officer Walter Mielke cancelled all starts having been planed for the sixth racing day. For the final day of the European Championship of the international Melges 24 class on Thursday (23 August), the starting time is rescheduled earlier to 10 h local time. The Farr 40 regatta of the Rolex Baltic Week already finished on Sunday (19 August) with the US yacht "Barking Mad" owned by Jim Richardson winning.

"We had a committee vessel out on the Bay of Neustadt the whole day observing the development of the conditions to be able to set a fair course right away in Farr 40, KOKOMO, AUS, Photo by: Rolex / Daniel Forstercase the wind would have been improved," said Mielke. "But the breeze was unsettled and the average wind speed was not more than three knots." The reason for the calm: The depression which caused the strong wind and spectacular racing the day before disappeared quickly. "And when the depression was gone, only weak pressure gradients remained. And a sea breeze couldn't built because the overcast sky," explained the weather expert from "Wetterwelt" in Kiel , Meeno Schrader.

Provisional ranking of the Rolex Baltic Week
Melges 24 European Championship after six races (one discard):

  • 1st "Blu Moon" ( Flavio Favini , Switzerland ) 14 points
  • 2nd "Airis" ( Sandro Montefusco , Italy ) 20.8
  • 3rd "Uka Uka" ( Lorenzo Bressani , Italy ) 25
  • 4th "Alina - Helly Hansen" ( Luca Valerio , Italy ) 35
  • 5th "Euro-Voiles" (Denis Infante, France) 42
  • 6th "Marseille big ship Quantum" ( Maxime Paul , France ) 52
  • 22. "MACS" (Dietrich Scheder-Bieschin, Germany ) 104

Corinthian class (one discard):

  • 1st "Lenny" ( Toenu Toeniste , Estonia ) 13 points
  • 2nd "Gullisara" (Mario Ziliani, Italy ) 18
  • 3rd "Sonnenkoenig" ( Hendrik Witzmann , Switzerland ) 24
  • 11th "No Woman No Cry" (Albert Batzill, Germany ) 50

Final results of the Rolex Baltic Week
Farr 40 regatta (from Sunday, 18 August)

  • 1st "Barking Mad" (Jim Richardson, USA) 33 points
  • 2nd " Kokomo " (Lang Walker, Australia ) 46
  • 3rd "Siragusawa" (Olli-Pekka Lumijaervi, Finland ) 48
  • 4th "Opus One" (Wolfgang Stolz, Germany ) 54
  • 5th "Ichi Ban" (Matt Allen, Australia ) 58
  • 6th "Struntje light" (Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany ) 60
  • 7th "Fiamma" (Alessandro Barnaba, Italy ) 60.8
  • 8th "Groovederci" (John Demourkas, USA ) 63
  • 9th "Backbone" (Thomas Kjær, Denmark ) 68
  • 10th "Sputnik" (Ivan Wheen, Australia ) 75
  • 11th "Monkey Class" (Ole van der Heide , United Kingdom ) 79.5
  • 12th "Flash Gordon 5" (Helmut Jahn, USA ) 81.5
  • 13th "Baloo 110" (Jens Erik Høst, Denmark ) 91

Final results of the Farr 40 European Circuit after five regattas:

  • 1st "Barking Mad" (Jim Richardson, USA) 155 points
  • 2nd " Kokomo " (Lang Walker, Australia ) 162
  • 3rd "Opus One" (Wolfgang Stolz, Germany ) 225
  • 4th "Siragusawa" (Olli-Pekka Lumijaervi, Finland ) 237
  • 5th "Struntje light" (Wolfgang Schaefer, Germany ) 240

The Rolex Baltic Week is the one and only regatta in Germany which enjoys the support of Rolex. The worldwide calendar of the Rolex regattas comprises famous yachting events such as the just finished Rolex Fastnet Race in England, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup held at the beginning of September in Porto Cervo (Italy), the Rolex Middle Sea Race at the end of October in Malta and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starting on Boxing Day in Sydney, Australia.


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