Montag, Mai 29, 2006

Two-Boat testing im Fehmarnsund

For my English readers, please go to the bottom of this article but please note, it is not a translation, just different thoughts about my sailing.

Ganz schlechte Wetteraussichten im Norden für 4 freie Tage über Himmelfahrt. Für die Jahreszeit viel zu kalt. 10-12°C und sehr starker Wind waren angesagt. Dann sah ich ein Plakat an der Strasse: Surffestival auf Fehmarn und erinnerte mich an die Werbezeile: 300 Tage Sonne auf Fehmarn. Das war´s. Entscheidung gefallen. Relativ kurze Anreise. All Options? Nein, Fahrräder zu Hause lassen, dafür die Inliner einpacken (sowieso immer dabei) und das DIV II Surfboard. Die Jolle, den Turbo-Segger, hinten dran gehängt und ab ging es noch in der Mittwochnacht. Kerstin reiste mit ihrem Turbo-Segger aus Berlin an und war das erste Mal auf Fehmarn. Also gab es viel zu zeigen. Meine eigene Fehmarnzeit liegt weit zurück. Als Windsurfer habe ich dort so ziemlich jeden Spot gesurft und bin mit den Freunden vom KAFC (LINK) häufig dort gewesen.

Leider kann man mit den kleinen Jollen, zumal bei dem starken Wind, dem Seegang und dem Spray, keine Kamera mitnehmen. Man hat ja beide Hände voll zu tun, das Boot sauber durch die Wellen zu steuern und nicht zu kentern. Und ob man diese herrlichen Momente -Kerstin mit dem Turbo-Segger bis zum Schwert aus dem Wasser- überhaupt mit der Kamera treffen würde, zweifel ich an. So kann ich denn auch nur ein Hafenbild aus Burg liefern.

Donnerstag bei ordentlich Wind und Sonne einmal durch die Fehmarnsundbrücke und Samstag bei leichterer Brise immer zur Ansteuerungstonne gekreuzt und VormWind mit der Welle zurück. "Sailing by the lee" oder "apparent wind sailing" - es hielt sich meistens die Waage. Im Laufe des Nachmittags zeigten sich bei mir Konzentrationsschwächen, jedenfalls steckte ich das Böotchen mehrfach so sehr in die Welle, daß ich nur mit aufmachen und tief anfahren wieder in Gang kam. Das kostete Meter und K. segelte mehrfach tief auf mich runter, rief mir aufmunternde Worte zu und kam dann auch als erste, oben in Luv an. Echtes zwei Boot Training.

Last weekend, with Thursday being a national holiday in Germany, we had spent 4 wonderful days at the sea. Kerstin and I did some 2-boat testing from the island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea. You can see our boats (Turbo-Segger) lined up in the sheltered Marina, ready to go. It was a pleasure sailing in the open water for the first time this year and I do hope that it will help for the upcoming adventures. Explaining to my fellow readers this onedesign boat is giving me some grief, as we are currently banned from the regatta circuit. Though the class is really new and small, about 10-15 regulars during weekend races in various locations, the set-up of these 2 boats, carrying a kevlar sail, had been banned from classboat racing. Our sails are well within the dimension spec and at the time of ordering, there had been restrictions about the cloth. Nevertheless, the designer and class president, Jüs Segger, was keen to test new materials and with my bad experience of dacroncloth in windsurfers and high roach mainsails on boats, it was the obvious choice for me to go for a modern "cloth". I have not regretted it since, as with this 3 year old sail my boat handles well, not changing the rudder pressure as the wind increases. I haven´t been any faster than the current leader, shown in the picture, but my sail is lasting longer. I do go out in a strong breeze whenever work allows me. (The picture here is showing my toughest competitor, Thorsten GER-200, in a breeze)
With my first aluminium mast in the boat, sailing it according to the set up of other "Seggerling" boats without spreaders, the mast crooked at the first outing and only careful stretching and bending put it back in place. I immediately changed to a self-built carbonspar incl. spreaders and have no problems since than. Spreaders are banned from this season on and this is the reason we call our boats: "Turbo-Seggers". I am definitely not missing the race action in the class when I go 2-boat testing. This is a thrill in itself and a very enjoyable thing to do. We are always doing upwind and downwind between marks which normally are regular shipping marks. On the Thursday our goal was for a 8 sm upwind leg, around the big Fehmarnsund bridge pier and back. Lot´s of current under the bridge against us. The downwind leg home was a thrill ride in the 4,70m long dinghy. Now it is off into the workshop for some small repairs.


hermann hat gesagt…

Hallo lieber Fred,
durch googeln bin ich auf Deinen Blog gestoßen. Ich werde ihn in meinen Newsreader einbinden. Auf viele nützliche Informationen aus der Segelszene freue ich mich. Herzliche Grüße von Hermann GER 181

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