FINAL RACE DAY REPORT 2019
By Russ Clark
Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess (GER) win Leg 3 of the Euro Cup Series in Kiel.
The heat was turned up for the final day of Kiel Week in every sense with temperatures ashore approaching 30 degrees and fierce competition afloat.
After a steady 6th place in the first race today Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess (GER) sealed their dominance of the event, winning with a race to spare, demonstrating an impressive display of smart sailing and good boat speed.
With a light but stable 6-9 kt ENE breeze established on the offshore course, the fleet managed to complete the series with 2 races today. In the battle for the remaining podium places multiple Olympic medalists Jorgen & Jacob Bojsen-Møller (DEN) won the first race of the day with Penny and Russ Clark (GBR) second, drawing level on overall points. Close behind we’re Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (GBR) for a three way scrap for the silver and bronze positions.
In a close final race, Penny and Russ managed to hold off the Bojsen-Møller brothers to take the second spot with British National Champions close behind in 4th overall.
The 2019 Kieler Woche will be remembered for blazing sunshine, tight racing and a vibrant atmosphere ashore with standout winners, Wolfgang and Holger. Of note, there were 5 different nationalities in the top 7 places overall.
Next international 5o5 event is the 2019 European Championships in Denmark before the final Euro Cup event at Hayling Island in the U.K. between 6-8 Sept.
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