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AUT: D-One Austrian Open UYCWg - National Championships 2017

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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.   

On day two the strong winds from the west continued but fortunately the breeze was more consistent (Force 4 - gusts up to Force 6) this time and therefore allowed some excellent racing conditions all day long. The fleet went out in the morning and completed race 4-6 before returning to shore for a lunch break. As the forecast for Sunday was quite light, the race officer decided to go out again in the afternoon for race number 7 (of 8). After the racing the fleet enjoyed another delicious meal, accompanied by a public viewing of the America´s Cup finals in the Club Restaurant.

After two days of racing Marek Bachtik (CZE) was on top of the leader board, with five bullets in seven races. Local sailor Mathias Böckl held the second place, with two race victories and only top 4 results. Only two points behind followed Felix Hofinger, who could not win a race on day one and two but managed to keep the score low, with four second and two third place results. Rank 4 and 5 were held by local sailors Georg Schöfegger and Toni Eigenstuhler, who (as always) fight for every point and both showed up with some strong results including a second-place finish each.

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The final day of the series started calm and while most sailors enjoyed beautiful hours of relaxing in the sun, Ulrich Zühlke (GER) accompanied by Austrian newcomer Martin Zimmermann went out for some light wind testing/training in the morning breeze from the south. We are very happy that Martin enjoys the boat as much as we do and has bought his own boat directly after the event!

At around 12 o´clock a light thermal breeze kicked in and the fleet went out for the final race which was sailed in consistent Force 2 conditions. The final race was extremely close and saw many lead changes. Felix Hofinger picked the right side on the last upwind leg and managed to overtake Marek Bachtik to win his first race, while Mathias Böckl missed a puff on the downwind and therefore unfortunately dropped back to fourth place, which cost him the overall second place. The never-ending duel between Georg Schöfegger and Toni Eigenstuhler will continue as both sailors finished the series at 32 point, with Schöfegger on fourth and Eigenstuhler on fifth place.

Winner of the D-One Austrian Open 2017 is Marek Bachtik (10 points), followed by Felix Hofinger (17 points), securing the Austrian Class Champion title for the second time in a row and third place goes to Mathias Böckl (18 points).

We want to thank the race committee, the restaurant team and especially all our friends form Czech Republic and Germany who made their way to Austria. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to see you again at Attersee in September.

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Results Austrian Open 17

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