Series 3 (Hobie® 16 Gold and Silver Fleets, Wild Cat and Tiger)
The first day of the Hobie® Multi Europeans Hobie 16 Gold and Silver Fleet ,Wild Cat and Tiger . Unfortunately got off to a slow start due to not enough breeze for the sailors. This didn’t stop the sailors from enjoying the hospitality at Lake Neusiedl, Austria
Video Day 1
Was a long day on the water with almost 9 hours on the water . In challenging wind conditions, the race committee managed to get remarkable five races in the box for all the competing classes Tiger/Wild Cat and the HC16 Gold and Silver Fleets. There were 5 races sailed.
With plenty of action on the race course. The Wild Cat and Tigers were twin trapezing and flying a hull with their spinnaker downwind.
The Hobie 16 had lots of very close racing with 64 boats in the Gold Fleet all battling in the testing conditions. The 13 boats in Silver Fleet had very close racing.
Video Day 2
The breeze arrived today and allowed some great racing. The Wild Cats sailed three races today. Jacob Fischer & Sebastian Brüning managed to gain 15 Points lead to silver. While Gold looks like to be secured for the Young German yeam, the battle for silver and bronze will get thrilling. Dreier/Korder from Austria having 31 Points and Klocke/Tietzsch now on bronze with 32 pts.
Hobie 16 Gold Fleet also had three races. Current world Champions Bjornholt/Frederiksen are on equal points French leaders Bader/Bader but on a count back are in second. In third place now is yesterday leaders Germany (Ingo Delius and Sabine Delius-Wenig).
Day 3 Video
The Final Series to this year’s Hobie MultiEuropeans ended like it was started: no wind, no racing. At the end, the Hobie 16 and also the Wild Cats sailed eight races. While the decision for Gold in the Hobie 16 was tight racing from the beginning, in the Wild Cat young German team dominated the fleet all the time.
With more than 80 boats, the Hobie 16 was the biggest fleet in this year’s Hobie MultiEuropeans in Neusiedl am See. French team, Cedric Bader and Laurent Bader, had a tight duel with current world champions from Denmark, Daniel Bjornholt with crew Josephine Frederiksen. In the end both teams finished with 37 points, French boys took gold with the better single results. The Bader brothers secured their third consecutive title, their fourth overall. Ten points behind German Team Ingo and Sabine Delius-Wenig secured bronze. Best Austrian Team was Klemens and Gundela Kitzmüller. A ufd-qualification in the last race of the series pushed them back to 16th place and out of the top-ten. Only one point behind were Thomas Waller and Michaela Sattler also from Austria. “Due to the fact that we focused the whole season on our youth teams, we found not enough time for our own campaign for the home Europeans. We had the chance to sail into the top ten, we failed because of the last day. The wind was really tricky, from the first day on” said Gundela Kitzmüller.
Fifth medal for Austria, Gold for Brüning/Fischer
Four races won out of eight and twenty points ahead of second place team from Austria: Sebastian Brüning and Jacob Fischer dominated the Wild Cat fleet in a very impressive way. “On every leg of the race course we had different wind conditions. It was pretty challenging, but we had really good days here in Austria. At the end we managed to make our own thing, without compromises”, commented Jacob Fischer. Just behind, it was a very tough race for Silver and Bronze. From Silver for Mira Dreier and Korbinian Kordes to the fifth place the difference was four points. Bronze medal again was taken by a German team Fritz-Rüdiger Klocke and Sebastian Tietzsche. “The wind was so shifty, it was really hard. For us and also the race committee. At the end they did a very good job under this conditions. We started to sail together in the Wild Cat this year and our goal was to be in the top ten at our home championships. Silver is simply amazing”, explained Mira Dreier, still excited after the price giving.
Four lucky Hobie sailors were presented with two amazing prizes of a one week holiday at Wildwind Vassiliki and Wildwind Mauritius by Peter Kukla, Wildwind Adventures Germany.