Im vergangenen Jahr war es Sturm, in diesem Jahr Flaute – das Resultat aber blieb das gleiche: Der Abschlusstag der Travemünder Woche musste ohne weitere Rennen auskommen. Doch die Wettfahrtleitungen, die bis zum Mittag auf segelbaren Wind hofften, hatten in den vergangenen Tagen gut vorgearbeitet, so dass zum Abschluss Sieger und Meister nach fairen Regatten gekürt werden konnten.
Im zweiten Jahr seiner Tätigkeit als Gesamt-Wettfahrtleiter der Travemünder Woche hat Brian Schweder eine Segelwoche mit schwierigen Winden hinter sich, in der es bei neun Segeltagen den Ausfall zweier kompletter Tage gab, in der mit Geduld und guter Wetterbeobachtung aber alle Meisterschaften mit guten und fairen Bedingungen gesegelt werden konnten.
Last year it has been the storm, this year it was the calm air - the result has been the same: There were no further races on the final day of the Travemuender Woche. But the race committee, who had hoped for sailable winds until midday, were well prepared from the previous days to be able to crown the winners and champions after fair regattas. The overall rankings of the Laser in the Master championships was won by Roger Schulz (Krefeld/Germany) in the Standard and Kim Tan from the Netherlands in the Radial. In the internationally high-class fleet of the Musto Skiffs, Frithjof Schwerdt, who just moved to Munich (Germany), did bring home the German Open title. The regattas of the Formula 18 catamarans and the seagoing yachts did also come to an early end.
There was tension in the air on the second last day of the Travemuender Woche: Heavy rain fronts did come down on the bay of Luebeck, the Worlds title races in the Splash Blue class was decided in favour of the Dutch Sam Peeks, after the jury had to take tough action on the water. And the departure of several sailors in the middle of the festival was a bit nerve-racking. Next to Peeks, the Swiss Matthias Meier could celebrate his victory in the Splash Red and the crew of Martin Menzner (Stein/Germany) did win the title in the German Open of the J/22.
Finally a morning at the Travemuender Woche, where sailors did get out on the water in time for their races! "That makes you definitely a bit more relaxed", said the overall race director Brian Schweder. That he was kept in suspense anyway during the day, was the result of the upcoming front with strong winds, which just slightly touched the bay of Luebeck in the end.
Many attempts, not much gained. The general weather situation at the Travemuender Woche 2016 with not much pressure difference in the North of Germany is nerve-racking for sailors and race committee. Leaving the harbour, starting, cancelling the race, returning to the harbour and waiting, waiting, waiting.
While the political prominence has been fighting to win the six litre bottle of Rotsporn at the fifth regatta day of the Travemuender Woche, the sailors on the race courses out in the bay of Luebeck have been competing against each other to win a title and gain important points at the championships.
Duels on the water are the particular highlight of the Travemuender Woche - and very welcome for athletes, organisers and spectators. But duels of wind systems are the enemy of the sailing sport. And this fight did mess up the sailors's program on Tuesday. Too much sun and heat ashore were the problem.
And every hour calm air: The third day of the Travemuender Woche was a continuous series of the same patterns for race director and sailors, starting with the meeting in the morning at 8:30am until the afternoon at 3pm. The regatta responsibles around overall race director Brian Schweder did meet every or every second hour just to realise there would be no sailable wind in sight.
The sun is a reliable partner of the Travemuender Woche on the first regatta weekend. It supported the light Easterly winds also on the second day and a full program with two to three races for seven boat classes on three triangular courses could be sailed. So the Travemuender Woche in its 127. year is right on target and did manage to sail already 61 of the planned 300 races. And the crowd of visitors is also going well. Taking the number of expected guests in the evening into account, around 300,000 guests will have visited the festival on the first weekend.