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2017 Attersee 4With seven races in just two days, this year’s edition of the D-One Attersee Trophy held at Union Yacht Club Attersee provided an excellent opportunity to (im-)prove one’s sailing skills whilst admiring the beautiful scenery of lake Attersee and enjoying the tasteful Austrian food and beer, which was served at the social events of the regatta.

In 2017, the Austrian D-One fleet grew by four boats therefore the event management was optimistic to break last year’s competitor record (16 boats). Unfortunately, some Austrian sailors were absent due to their well-earned family holidays and Belgian sailor Phillipe Bogaerts suffered a knee injury just two days before the event. Nevertheless, we welcomed a nice fleet of 10 boats at lake Attersee.

The weather on Thursday (the day before the event) was rainy and cold, but on Friday the sun and a consistent thermal breeze of force 2 came through and so the fleet went out after the opening ceremony and completed four races in a row. Event Manager Felix Hofinger scored a bullet in the first race, closely followed by Marek Bachtik from Czech Republic and local sailor Jakob Lindner. In races two and three Bachtik dominated the starts and offered no passing lanes for the rest of the fleet following closely behind.

AUT 0113The D-One Austrian Open 2017 Wolfgangseepreis took place at Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee. A remarkable fleet 14 D-Ones from three nations, including a record number of 10 Austrian boats, gathered at lake Wolfgangsee for a practice day, followed by three days of racing.

Practice day offered perfect sailing conditions with beautiful weather and a thermal breeze of Force 3. Five Boats including our guest from Germany, who travelled for almost 12 hours to take part in the event, enjoyed a nice training session out on the lake.

Day one of the championship started calm but around 2 p.m. the expected cloudy front, accompanied by strong and very gusty winds from the west arrived and the fleet went out for race number one. The gusty gradient wind, which is also influenced by the surrounding mountains, guaranteed some exciting racing but also caused numerous spectacular capsizes from everybody in the fleet. Nevertheless, three fair but very exhausting races were completed on day one before we retired to the club restaurant for some lasagne accompanied by free beer, sponsored by Austrian D-One sailor Toni Eigenstuhler.   

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