Fantastic sailing conditions prevailed at the 2021 edition of the “Interboot Trophy.” Also known as the “Lake Constance Battle IV,” the fleet of 22 J/70s enjoyed 12 races over the September 18-19th weekend. All three countries ringing the third largest lake in Europe were represented: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Regatta PRO Conrad Rebholz had an easy day on Saturday running the races. After the wind had stabilized in the southwest shortly before noon, he was able to leave the race track unchanged for the rest of the day directly in front of the WYC marina on the quayside. Six races were sailed in a row. At the end of the day, the Rieger brothers’ team (WYC) was already clearly in the lead with five firsts and a second. With that, they would also have won the “Antigua and Barbuda Challenge” announced for Saturday’s ranking. But, because of pandemic, they have not returned the prize they had won two years ago. Instead, the Rieger brothers transferred the trophy title to good friends of theirs. As a result, the women’s J/70 team comprised of skipper Anna Seidl, Laura Fischer, Monika Linder and Ann-Christin Goliaß from the Deutscher Touring Yacht Club in Tutzing won the “Antigua and Barbuda Challenge,” combined with the entry fee for the “Antigua Sailing Week 2022” and an invitation to all events during this regatta week in the Caribbean. Sunday started cautiously with a light wind. PRO Rebholz made the sailors wait on the lake until a westerly wind had prevailed. It then freshened more and more and finally blew 8-15 knots from the west with rising clouds. Six more races were sailed. The Rieger Brothers team left nothing to chance and brought the overall victory with a 17 points advantage, counting only podium finishes. “On Saturday you first had to sail to the right side, and then you could take the land-induced shift to the weather mark,” said Luca Jost, tactician on the winning team, explaining the successful strategy. “On Sunday, we did the opposite. Instead, we drove toward the clouds and stronger winds,” he said. Max and Moritz Rieger, Luca Jost and Finn Klein won the “Interboot Trophy” of the Württemberg Yacht Club in the J/70 class with a superior lead. The “Touring Girls,” as they are called, happily took home the silver medal (their best finish so far in 2021). Anna Seidl guided her team to two race wins and two second places on Sunday to finish with 32 points net—well clear of the third place team by 20 points. With a much stronger performance on the last day, posting a 3-3-2 in the last three races, the Konstanzer Yacht Club team of Daniel Hannemann, Anton Löwe, Luis Schaubhut and Maximilian Hundsberger improved to third place. They pushed Peter Wagner’s (Lindauer SC) team to fourth. Second best woman skipper was Annica Rimmele from YC Langenargen with her mixed team (Julia Engelmann, Anne Winkelhausen and Hendrik Rimmele) in ninth place. The second-best all-women’s team was Carolin Groß, Analea Schäfer / Sarah Springer, Flora von Waldow and Julia Grötzinger from the WYC in 12th place. For more Interboot Trophy information, visit!/.

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