New Moon wins 5.5 Metre season finale after wind abandons Thunersee

Sunday, 08 October 2017

 
 

 

New Moon wins 5.5 Metre season finale after wind abandons Thunersee


While the beauty and splendor of Lake Thun have not been lost on the 5.5 Metre fleet at the Autumn Trophy (Herbstpreis), the wind did get lost on the final day with no more races possible.

So, New Moon, BAH 21 (Christoph Burger, Flavio Marazzi, Peter Vlasov) takes a second regatta win in a row, after taking the win in Cannes last week. Second place goes Marie-Françoise XIX, SUI 228 (Jürg Menzi, Dino Fumasoli, Christof Wilke) with Nina, SUI 215 (Heinz Saurer, Hans Scheidegger, Maja Siegenthaler) in third.

The overnight rain had cleared and after a brief wait ashore on Sunday morning the fleet was sent out in a light breeze. However, on arrival at the start area there was barely enough breeze to fly the flags. The fleet waited…and waited…and waited. Some went ashore to the nearest pub, some edged back towards the club but apart from the occasional cat’s-paw on the water, there was no sign of wind. The lake was like a mirror. Eventually at 13.00 the race officer gave up and sent the fleets home.

So the results remain from Saturday.
Second overall, Menzi explained what keeps him in the class. “It’s a very tactical boat. It allows me to go sailing. It’s far away from a speedy boat but it goes well upwind and also downwind it’s really very tactical downwind, knowing when you have to gybe and to calculate the angles.”

He has been in the class for 30 years. “I sailed Soling for a long time and before that when I was younger dinghies, 505, Finn, Contender, 420, 470, but when the Soling finished in Switzerland we started with the 5.5 Metre.”

He praised the quality of the racing. “Switzerland is one of the main fleets in the world so we always have enough boats. 20-30 years ago the local fleets were bigger but it’s always sailors of good quality and it’s not so easy to win.”

Wiebe de Witte is one of the furthest traveled to sail in Thun. Sailing on Duchess of B with Victorine Bredero, they have been coming to Thun every year for 10 years and just love the lake and the end of season get together for the 5.5 Metre sailors

“We do it every year. It marks the end of the season. In Holland we don’t usually have very good summers, so about 10 years ago Victorine decided to have one last race somewhere and ever since then we come here.”

“It is super fun. We like the environment and the Thunersee.”

He has been sailing 5.5s since 2005. “We started in an evolution hull, though it was modern at the time, and then in 2007 Victorine bought a modern boat.” De Witte is a boatbuilder at home and looks after the maintenance of the Dutch 5.5 Metre fleet. “We have nine active boats at the moment including four classics and three boats that sail internationally.”

“The 5.5 is super cool sailing. It’s technical sailing, you can really push the boat to its limit and if you make one little mistake you immediate get punished for it, and that’s fun. It goes fast upwind, you have the trim keel to play with, and I like the spinnakers as well. Today it’s all about speed and asymmetrics, but I like the tactics of the normal spinnaker.”

He has been sailing 5.5s since 2005. “We started in an evolution hull, though it was modern at the time, and then in 2007 Victorine bought a modern boat.” De Witte is a boatbuilder at home and looks after the maintenance of the Dutch 5.5 Metre fleet. “We have nine active boats at the moment including four classics and three boats that sail internationally.”

Robert Deaves.

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