German Team Takes Lead After 3 Races at European Championship, Followed by Hungarian Team in Second Place
On the 3rd race day, Friday, August 25, there was an opportunity to hold just one race. With a total of 3 sailed races, the German team ‘Schwere Jungs’ led by Stefan Karsunke maintained their top position from day 1. ‘iJroncat,’ helmed by Gábor Sallai, secured the 2nd position, and ‘Amuse Bouche,’ skippered by Kurt Dammeier from the USA, climbed to 3rd place.
The 3rd race day began with an on-shore postponement by the race committee, and at 13:00, relying on continuously improving wind conditions on the racecourse, Peter Lübeck, the Danish PRO, sent the fleet onto the water. The course was set in a 5-5.5 knot easterly breeze, and the race got underway under the strictest Black Flag due to time constraints and the experiences of previous days.
Throughout the race, the wind gradually decreased, prompting a shortened course for the competitors.
The shortened race of the day was won by ‘Hellenic Police’ (GRE 751), skippered by Alexandros TAGAROPOULOS. ‘Budapest Wedding’ (HUN 64), with András BAJUSZ at the helm secured the second position, while ‘Amuse Bouche’ skippered by Kurt DAMMEIER from the USA claimed third place.
The scorching day was relieved by the post-race Après Sailing beer party, courtesy of the championship’s strategic title sponsor, Quantum Sails. At 19:00, the organizers are treating the competitors and crew to a Gala dinner.
On the fourth and penultimate race day, scheduled for August 26, the first race is planned at 10:00am, with the possibility of up to 4 races if the wind conditions permit.