Title fight in class format

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First Dehler 30 one design Championship in Warnemünde

Who is the best Dehler 30od sailor? To find out, eight teams met for the big One Design Championship in Warnemünde. From August 25 to 27, 2022, the 30od Class Association invited to not one but two challenging races off the North German Baltic coast: a Coastal Race and a Long Distance Regatta. The special feature: for equal opportunities between the two- and four-person crews, only the two-person crews were allowed to use their water ballast system on their racing yacht.

three men on the Dehler 30od
several sailing yachts on the sea
two persons control the Dehler 30od
Dehler 30od with black and red hull
Dehler 30od with black and yellow hull
two men sailing a green Dehler 30od
a man is sitting on a green Dehler 30 one design
group photo of all participants
two men open a bottle of champagne

The ambitious sailors gave each other nothing - head-to-head races and close finishes became the rule. In the coastal race, characterized by intermittent light winds, "Play Time" and "Power Play" delivered a close finish. During the long distance race, the crew of "Power Play" finished only four minutes ahead of the most persistent chaser "Play Harder". The overall victory over both disciplines was secured by Martin Kringel and Thomas Scholz on "Power Play". Second place went to "Play Time" with Thomas Schurig, Björn Demmin, Thomas Jünnemann and Alexander Busher ahead of "Play Harder" of Dirk Tschierschke and Christopher Gerth with Martin Buck. The results list shows: whether in pairs with water ballast or in fours without: any of the 30-foot offshore racing yachts could have won the competition. A confirmation that class racing within a single class is possible even with different crew sizes.

Despite ambition and sporty sailing, the participants did not miss out on the intensive exchange of ideas about the racing yachts. Oliver Denzer, first chairman of the class association, was touched by the sight of the many sailboats on the jetty and the commitment of the crews. In the future, the "Baltic Championship" should take place annually and attract even more participants. In 2024, an expansion to Denmark would even be conceivable. With the delivery of the first offshore boats to Thailand and Japan, the number of 30od yachts and their success will increase worldwide and the class will become even more international as the number of members grows.

Photos © Jens Scholz