Over the weekend the boys from Redline Racing were racing on the small lake of Elfrather See in Krefled Germany at the Grade 3 Krefelder Match Cup. Having arrived a few days early we were able to test out the B1 Yachts, sailing them on the tricky lake allowing us to get used to the tight surroundings and finding all the patches of sea grass that grows in the lake that once attached to the keel stopped the boat from sailing upwind! The competitors at the event included the German and Dutch national champions with Redline Racing entering ranked seventh amongst the teams.
On the first day of racing after a jittery start to the first race with an entry penalty the team got their act together and won all 8 races. Alex and Patrick did a fantastic job handling the Genekar and Matt managed to keep the team out of trouble in the prestarts. The day though was far from uneventful where at one point the team was fouled and pushed onto the top mark and was unable to get the mark free from the keel for some time. When the mark was eventually freed the team sailed on to win leaving the other team dizzy with multiple flags. As well as this incident, bowman Patrick got a bit warm through one of the gybes and decided to go for a swim. Luckily Alex reached down into the water and managed to grab a submerged Patrick like something off a movie and pull him back on board before the other team could get close enough to overtake. A mean feat considering we had the genekar up in around 13 knots at the time. At the end of the day, only 5 races of the round robin remained and with to be held the
Sunday brought similar conditions to the lake, highly variable wind from 1-18 knots provided very challenging conditions for all. The team went into the semi-finals undefeated giving us first pick of opponent. We chose Thijs Smit as our opponent and with some good prestarts and solid boat handling we showed him a clean pair of heels to take the semi 2-0. In the other semi-final, Dirk-Jan Korpershoek won 2-1 to set up a final in a shortened format due to the dying breeze of first to reach two points. In the first race, after a prestart mistake, we rounded the top mark a penalty down and behind but the boys worked hard and applied the pressure forcing a mistake at the bottom mark from our opponent, cancelling out our penalty. With some good strategy upwind, we got ahead and extended to take the win. In the second race, with a starboard entry we left Korpershoek stuck on the pin with two penalties and sailed away to take the win and the regatta! The boys are currently on their way to Lake Ledro in Trentino, Italy where they will compete in the Grade Two OM Ledro International on the J22 yachts. The team is looking forward to meeting up with our mates and training partners from Perth, Neptune Racing as well as enjoying some Italian Food and sunshine!