Strong westerly winds allowed seventeen races per team (34 races total) of fast and exciting sailing for the fifth round of the Swiss Sailing Super League in Kreuzlingen. The team of the Regattaclub Bodensee with Julian Flessati, Tobias Rüdlinger, Stephan Ammann and Stephan Zurfluh used their home advantage and took the victory.
For the top three teams, it was actually incredibly tight racing. While RCB won, it was only by two points over Societe Nautique Rolloise and just three points over Regattaclub Oberhofen! The overall lead changed several times over the weekend. The many wind shifts and gusts demanded high concentration and perfect maneuvers. A misread wind shift or bad set of the large asym spinnaker meant even more places were lost! The crews were on edge all the time as each foot gained or lost meant 3 to 4 positions per race!
After sailing Friday and Saturday in beautiful winds and sunshine, Sunday started rainy, cloudy. The Regatta Club Bodensee (RCB) had lost its leadership role in the intermediate standings after Saturday’s racing.
Nevertheless, after a few match-racing tactics with both SNR and RCO, the RCB team closed with a 1-1-2 in the final three races to just squeak out a thrilling finish for their team. The Oberhofen crew sailed nearly as well, closing with a 1-2-2. However, that was not the case for the somewhat frazzled crew on SNR, the leader before the start of racing on Sunday. SNR sailed to a 3-2-5 and nearly threw away a podium finish. Rounding out the top five after RCB, SNR and RCO were Societe Nautique de Geneve in 4th and Yachtklub Bielersee in 5th position. For more Swiss J/70 Sailing League information