Spiez 2009

Day 2 - The second day of the fortieth Tempest World Championship brought two races and long waiting times for all participants. The third race was started at 0900 o’clock as planned with light South-Easterly winds (Oberwind). For the fourth race the time was too short before the wind dropped at noon which paralised the fleet for hours. This must be how the Americas Cup will feel off the coast of the Emirates. Freshly barbequed, the participants finally started for the fourth race with generously rounded 2.5 Beaufort at starting time; this time with Westlery wind (Unterwind). The lead remained almost unchanged after four races. Frank Weigelt from Germany could defend the lead followed by the the French boat steered by Philippe Boite and the Swiss boats steered by Stefan Fels and Mario Suter in positions three an four. Now there is a 33 year old boat is in the top five. The one design idea is alive. Stefan Erlacher from Germany dropped to place seventh due to the strong performance of Rolf Bär (5th, Germany) and Jonathan Modral (6th, UK). Two local crews from the Lake of Thun with Cornelia Cristen and Rudolf Jürg are in positions ninth and tenth.

Day 3/ 4 - On the third and fourth day, the weather remained unchanged: pure sun. The enormous heat made very difficult for the local thermal winds to develop. On the third day, the morning wind (Oberwind) was still strong enough for a single race in very light conditions. On the fourth day, the morning wind was too weak. It was only toward the end of the afternoon, at 16:24, that a single race could be started with light winds (2 Bft, Unterwind). In the end, it had to be shortened. In the rankings there were big changes over these two light wind races. The Swiss team of Stefan Fels and Timo Nef took the lead and are now followed by the French Philippe Boite and Regis Viateur. In third and fourth position, there are the German boats steered by Frank Weigelt and Rolf Bär. Another Swiss boat with Mario Suter and Andreas Hochuelie are in fiftth position.

Day 5  - For once the morning schedule was not sailing, it was the excursion on the Mountain Niesen.

The weather condition changed, storm and wind tells the forecast. The storm past us on south, but the wind visits us.

1400 o’clock the first race seven starts by moderate breeze from southeast (4 Bft.).

Occasionally the wind increased which ends in a capsizing. The crew enjoy a bath in the Lake of Thun, unharmed. Race eighth starts at 17.56 by light wind from west (2 Bft.).

There is an exciting competition for the lead position, between the first and the third are only three points!

Philippe Boite / Régis Viateur has now the lead followed by the Swiss Team Stephan Fels / Timo Naef. The German crew Frank Weigelt / Christian Rusischka are on position three. Mario Suter / Andreas Hochuli from Switzerland on position four followed by Crew Jonathann Modral / Colin Medows from Great Britain.

Day 6 (last) - To conclude the world championship the last race was started at 09:00 o’clock with medium Westerly winds; quite early after last night’s happy hour. For some the conditions were unusually challenging; unfortunately also for the equipment of Frank Weigelt who started into the race from a third position overall. His stay broke shortly after the start while he was still the leading boat. After that, only Phlipppe Boite and Stefan Fels were fighting for gold. In the end the German teams of Bethold Baehr (1st) and Stefan Erlacher (2nd) prevailed. Phlippe Boite and Regis Viateur from France finished third and thus secured the overall win. Stefan Fels and Timo Nef from Switzerland lost precious time with an unfortunate spinnaker manoeuvre but finished in ninth position and thus were second overall but first in the sprint to the first windward mark. The world championship ended with a very positive note, since the sailors were carried on hands in Spiez. Hence the standard to meet with the next world championship in Hoorn (Netherlands) is high.

Report By: Florian and Basil

Overall:

1. FRA 1182 , Philippe Boite and Regis Viateur 22 points

2. SUI 999 , Staphan Fels and Timo Naef 29 points

3. GER 1087, Frank Weigelt and Christian Rusitsch 32 points

[Full Results]

Trophies:

World Championship Trophy
Best placed team
FRA 1182 Boite Philippe
Viateur Régis     
Detroit Trophy
Winner Race 1
GER 1149 Erlacher Stefan
Wöher Christian
Quiberon Bowl
Winner Race 2
FRA 1182 Boite Philippe
Viateur Régis
Ido Marang Tophy
Winner Race 3
SUI 1122 Christen Cornelia
Christen Ruedi
Weymouth Trophy
Winner Race 4
GER 1087 Weigelt Frank
Rusitschka Christian     
Marstrand Trophy
Winner Race 5
GER 1149 Erlacher Stefan
Wöher Christian
Rive del Garda Trophy
Winner Race 6
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo    
Caribean Trophy
Winner Race 7
GER 1149 Erlacher Stefan
Wöher Christian     
No Trophy
Winner Race 8
FRA 1182 Boite Philippe
Viateur Régis    
No Trophy
Winner Race 9
GER 1088 Baehr Bertold
Greif Andreas           
Coppa Citta Di Napoli
Best placed team in races 1, 2, 3 & 4 or as many that can be sailed without discard
GER 1087 Weigelt Frank
Rusitschka Christian
Beecher Moore Bowl
Best placed team in races 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 or as many that can be sailed without discard
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo       
Double Dutch Sprint Trophy
Best placed team at the first mark.
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo       
Adam and Eve Trophy
Best placed couple in races 1, 2, 3 & 4 or as many that can be sailed without discard
SUI 1122 Christen Cornelia
Christen Ruedi 
The series ladies prize 1979 (Born Trophy)
Best placed couple in races 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 or as many that can be sailed without discard
SUI 1122 Christen Cornelia
Christen Ruedi 
Ladies Prize
Best placed lady, helm or crew in a specified race (race 7)
SUI 1122 Christen Cornelia
 
Viva le Donne Prize
Best placed all women team at the World Championships
SUI 1122 Brändli Verena
Reichert Stefanie    
Family Trophy
Best placed team consisting of two members of the same family
SUI 1122 Christen Cornelia
Christen Ruedi   
Newcomer Trophy (Pennant)
Best placed helmsman who as not helmed previously in a World Championship
SUI 999 Fels Stephan 
Bengt Julin Trophy
Best placed helmsman under 25 years. if none taking part then best placed crew under 25
SUI 999 Naef Timo  
Austria Trophy
Best placed Austrian team at the World Championship
AUT Walter  Ritschka and Christian Ritschka       
British Trophy
Best placed British team at the World Championship
GBR 1161 Modral Jonathan
Meadows Colin         
Goliath Trophy
Best placed French team at the World Championship
FRA 1182 Boite Philippe
Viateur Régis
Mountain Trophy
Best placed Swiss team at the World Championship
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo    
Swiss Trophy
Best placed European team at the World Championship without discard
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo      
Royal Corinthian Challenge Plate
Till 1979 European Champion . from 1980 best placed European team at the World Championship without discard
FRA 1182 Boite Philippe
Viateur Régis        
Sandbag Trophy
Best placed boat over 25 years old
SUI 999 Fels Stefan
Neaf Timo      
Falconer Prize
The Falconer Prize is presented for outstanding contribution to the Tempest Class.
 

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