Posted by: helcza | April 24, 2011

And the Gold Medal goes to…

…Estonia in the girl’s championship while Sweden took the first prize in the boy’s event.

It was a difficult last day – light but stable winds were waiting for the competitors and the race committee. The PRO Andrea Martens started the girls first in 7-8 knots SSW for their 10th race which was won by the Austrian Anna Luschan. Kätlin Tammiste from Estonia finished second and this lifted her up on the top step of the podium. Cajsa Svensdotter from Sweden came fourth, a result which secured her silver medal. Finally Anne Mette Laugesen from Denmark managed to finish just one place behind the Austrian girl Valentina Faihs, who started the day with the yellow leader dot.

The final results now show EST 70 with 33 points, SWE 94 with 34 points, DEN 106 with 35 points and the unlucky AUT 121 with 36 points

Now the boys:

Victor Silen managed to win the last race in front of Calvin Claus and the new European Champion Pontus Dahl. For Georg Haud from Estonia was the fifth place enough to secure the silver medal as the Austrian Marino Müller did only finish on 15th place.

The final results are SWE 194 with 20 points, EST 65 with 25, and FIN 535 with 28 points.

Results Boys: race10_boys

Results Girls: race10_girls

Posted by: helcza | April 23, 2011

Big racing on day 3

A day to remember on Lake Neusiedler See – 26 degrees, sun and up to 18 knots – sailing at its best!

Three stunning races left new leaders on top of the board on the penultimate day of the 2011 European Championship.

Pontus Dahl from Sweden will start the final day with a 10 points lead over the Estonian Georg Haud and the Austrian Marino Müller. There were also changes in the leaderboard of the girls fleet where Valentina Faihs took the lead with a bullet in the last race. Cajsa Svensdotter follows  in second position just in front of the Danish girl Anne Mette Laugesen.

Everyone was satisfied with day 3, the race committee made it a perfect day and smiles could be seen on all faces.

The final two races are scheduled for tomorrow 11.00pm.

Results Boys:race9_boys

Results Girls: race9_girls

Posted by: helcza | April 23, 2011

Shifty winds but big moments

The final day of the qualifying series proved to be a difficult day for all – the competitors, the race committee but also coaches and parents. Despite the fabulous weather the wind shifty and the southerly breeze did not develop as promised by the weather men. It took the whole day to get the races in but everyone left the centre in the evening tired but satisfied.

Victor Silen from Finland who scored two bullets on the final qualifying day will lead the boys fleet into the final series where another 5 races are scheduled. Only two points behind him is the Austrian rooky Marino Müller waiting for his chance while Pontus Dahl from Sweden is just one point behind as third.  But it seems to be a very interesting final series as the first six boats are only 5 points apart while the two local heros – Calvin Claus and Lorenzo Faihs – are waiting for their chances to get up in the results.

The girls fleet is racing on series and now after more than 50% of races done, there is a Danish leader – Anne Mette Laugesen – with the Russian girl Anastasia Godovalnikova and Hanna Johannson from Sweden as second and third.  Behind them there is a chase group tied with 27 points which includes Cajsa Swensdotta, the Estonian girl Kätlin Tammiste and the best Austrian girl Valentina Faihs.  Anna Luschan who showed her outstanding talent with her victory in race 2 lacked consistency on day 2 and is on place 7.

Results Boys: race6_boys

Results Girls: race6_girls

Posted by: helcza | April 22, 2011

Day 2 – Part One

after some delay, the south-eaterly breeze eventually arrived at the Sailing Centre and in the racing area.

It looks promising for another three great races.

More later once we are back.

Posted by: helcza | April 21, 2011

Stunning racing on day 1

Blue sunny skies and finally the breeze arrived – the principal race officer Andrea Martens did not waste time on the first day of the European Championship. Three races with up to 14 knots made happy faces everywhere (almost because some competitors got a BFD as their score in the last race).

The first results show a Danish leader – Emil Tang Kristensen – and a Swedish runner-up – Pontus Dahl in the boy’s champonship, while the girls fleet is led by a Swedish Girl – Hanna Johannson with a Danish lady coming second: Anna Mette Laugesen.  It was also a good day for the hosts with a race win for Lorenz Faihs and Anna Luschan who’s day ended somehow disappointing as she was caught over the line in the last race.

There were also race wins for Finland with Victor Silen in race 2 and Rudolf Samlines victory in the last race  and for Russia when Ananstasia Godovalnikova from Vladivostok crossed the finishing line as the first boat in the day’s last race.

For tomorrow the weather forecast is promising again: sunny, warm and southerly winds with up to 15 knots.

Results Boys: Ergebnis 3.WF
Results Girls: Ergebnis 3.WF_girls

Posted by: helcza | April 19, 2011

Austrian Open finished!

On the last day of the Austrian Open Championship we saw the same procedure as yesterday: competitors waiting for wind and the race committee chasing the wind.  Andrea, the principal race officer, sent the fleet on the water just when the thermical breeze started and the race course was ready when the wind eventually settled with 6 – 7 knots from SSW.

A promising start of the race with the breeze picking up kept the hopes of achiving the minimum four races for the Austrian Championship – at the top of the fleet Victor Silen from Helsinki and Lukas Stabauer from Lake Wolfgangsee were able to get away from the fleet and stay in front till the finishing line.

As the wind dropped again just after the last boat crossed the finishing line, the time ran out and no race could be sailed.

The afternoon then saw the prize giving ceremony with the winner Victor Silen from Finland and the Austrians Calvin Claus as runner-up and Lukas Stabauer as third.

As a thank you for their patience the competitors were offered fresh icecream by the race committee as the closing act of this championship.

The European Championship will start tomorrow with the practice race at 15.00 and the Opening Ceremony at 19.00. Weather forecast is warm and sunny, 25 degrees and 12-15kn from SSE. Let’s hope that’s true.

Lukas Stabauer leading the fleet at mark 2.

the best of the last three day!

Posted by: helcza | April 17, 2011

First race done.

Bright sunny sky, 23 C but litte and shifty winds – this was Lake Neusiedler See on day 1 of the Austrian Open 2011. But Andrea, our Principal Race Officer took the chance and sent the fleet to the race area after two hours postponement ashore.

The Estonian girl Kätlin Tammiste took the lead just before the first mark and managed to stay in front till the finish line. Second place went to Jens Eskildsen from Denmark, followed by Victor Silen from Finland. The best Austrian, Helmut Schulz from Lake Wolfgangsee, came fourth.

The start for the next race is scheduled for tomorrow 11.00.

Posted by: helcza | April 10, 2011

Race Office open from Saturday

The race office will be open from Saturday and competitors may register for Austrian Open and European Championship at the following times:

Saturday 16 April from 15.00 to 18.00
Sunday 17 April from 09.00 to 12.00
Wednesday 20 April from 09.00 to 17.00

To facilitate the registration for the Europeans, you are invited to register for both events at the same time, either on Saturday afternoon or on Sunday morning. Competitors who did use these times will nevertheless need to pass the equipment inspection on Wednesday 20 April to finish the registration process.


Posted by: helcza | April 1, 2011

First guests are here

the first guest from abroad, a young lady from Finland with very good boathandling skills, took her first training sessions today. But also two sailors from Austria used the day before the Austrian Zoom 8 team will meet for its first pre-Europeans training session tomorrow at the sailing centre.

Posted by: helcza | March 24, 2011

85 entries…

… 3 groups, 7 nations and still a week to go to the entry deadline.

Boys will race in two groups with a qualification series at the beginning of the championship and Gold and Silver Fleet at the end – the girls will probably race in one group with competitors coming as far as 7 times zones or 8500 kms! Her home waters are the pacific ocean… that sounds great!

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