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June 09 2011

Team Rotoman wins German J24 Title

June 2011, Berlin

The final of the J/24 German Open, held from June 3-5 at the Potsdamer Yacht Club at Wannsee in Berlin could not have been more exiting: Four boats started into the final race with the same score and the winner was decided on the last meters of the final beat. Team Rotoman, member of the Marinepool Racing Team and sponsored by the printing machine manufacturer man-roland, had the better end and won the German Open and German title in J/24 by the narrowest of margins.


After two strong showings this year at events in Italy, the German title was the season highlight so far for J/24 team Rotoman, helmed by Kai Mares. In the two Italian events the Rotoman crew had scored a 4th at the Trafeo Accademia Navale in Livorno and a second at  Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano. "We were very satisfied with the outcome because of the many international competitors in very strong fleets. At the J/24 German Open the crew prevailed against the strongest national competition, including light wind specialist and local favorite Frank Schönfeld.


The first racing day was characterized by extremely shifty and difficult wind conditions and Rotoman managed to finish the four races of the day with a wafer thin advantage of 2 points ahead of the ladies-only team "Vega" of Steffi Köpcke and tactician Stine Paeper, Frighjof Schade from Berlin and the already local "Henk" crew of Frank Schönfeld.


The last race was an incredibly hard fought match between four leading boats. After countless lead changes and many close but fair maneuvers the 4 yachts finished the final race on 1, 2, 3 and 5 with Rotoman securing the third German title after 2006 and 2009. Silver went to crew Vega and Steffi Köpke, Frank Schönfeld won Bronze.


Fitz Torneden, manager of the Hamburg based main sponsor of Team Rotoman, manroland, was obviously delighted with the result. Manroland has been supporting the team for 13 years and has never regretted the commitment to sailing. "Dependable partnerships are everything. Only this way, top performance is possible and success can be consistently achieved", said Torneden, an active Dragon Class sailor himself.


For Team Rotoman after the event is before the event and preparations for the biggest German regatta, Kiel Week, are full on. There, competition will be on an international level again with many international crews and a 40 boat fleet expected. Rotoman will take them on with great self confidence!

Background Photo: © Magnus Bothe

© Magnus Bothe

© Magnus Bothe