Rapport från Almadi Cup, Balaton sjön, Ungern
It was great fun. We had wonderful weather. There were14 boats altogether. One German. Its skipper was MarcoSchwoerer, Arthur Schwoerer's son. The father was 3rdlast year at the Europa Cup.
We had 3 Olimpic Course races the first day, a matchrace (everyone against everyone in pairs) the secondday, and a long distance race the third day. We had a party each evening, partly officiallyorganized, partly due to the wine festival we had in town.
It was interesting to see the comparability of theGerman Bijou with the Hungarian boats. As we expected, in light wind the German boat was faster due to itslightness, but above 2 Beaufort we gained speed.
The Germans did well, although they didn't come with a skilled crew. Marco was a skipper for the second time in his life, and there was only one more guy, Max, from the original team. The other two were amateur. Nevertheless, they went pretty well, although we had certain advantage, because we knew the place.
In the end The German boat finished on the 8th place. They got two Cups, one for the boat having arrived from the longest distance, and one for the best crew. This second Cup is a very old trophy dated back to1935 and it is given out every year, so they will have to bring it back next year, which hopefully mean they will race again.
We finished third place.
All in all, I think it was a great weekend and you can believe me, you have missed a lot.