The Hamburger Segel-Club in Germany hosted the Väter¬chen Frost Regatta for a fleet including 15 J/70s on the Alster Lake in front of the Hamburg city waterfront. Klaus Brinkbäumer, winner of the J/70 fleet, had this to say about their experience: “Father Frost Regatta is becoming Father Late Summer. It was warm, and the moderate winds over the Alster Lake were spectacular. The wind was good, from the east, gusty and with many shifts, but that’s how we know and like our lake. We (tactician Carsten Kemmling, trimmer David Heitzig and bowman Florian Thoelen, all from Norddeutscher Regatta Verein) got off to a great start with our team on GER 958 BROOKLYN. It was a scramble at the start boat in the first race. We were over early, so had to restart. But, the races were long (four laps), so we were able to work our way up to third place. Then, we managed to get a second and first, a perfect first day for us. On Sunday, we made it exciting for us. We were a little early on the layline on the first windward mark. I misjudged it, and wrapped our keel on the anchor line. That was our discard race. Thankfully, we won the last race.” Taking second behind them was Ulf Plessmann’s crew of Katrin Jahncke, Ohle Vollmer and Anreas Benkert on GER 966, with a tally of 1-6-4-1-4 for 10 points net. Third was the top female skipper, Johanna Meier’s crew of Heinrich Hader, Matthias Rummel and Milena Muller with a 7-1-7-2-5 record for 15 points net. For more event information, visit

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