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International Canoe World Championships 2011

Travemunde, Germany

Reports and Information

  • IC Worlds 2011 website
  • YY report

    Event Report

    The International Canoe World Championships were held as part of Travemunde week on the German Baltic coast. This is the first World Championship since the International Canoe class returned to the box rule format it has traditionally used after what seems a brief interlude of some thirty years with a one design hull shape.

    The International Canoes race in two divisions: the majority in the spinnaker free International Canoe, which comprises both boats built to the new development rule and the old one design rule set, and the Asymmetric Canoe (AC), carrying a large spinnaker and retaining the one design hull. The thirty-nine International Canoes were joined by the German Taifun fleet, which is a pre sliding seat style of racing Canoe.

    Amongst the ICs there has been little International racing between the strong International centres of the class since the new rules were adopted two years ago so there was really very little form book and a great deal of interest to see who would turn out to be fast.

    Chris Maas, from West Coast USA, was expected to be fast and was sporting something very radical in the way of jib arrangements. David Clark (East Coast US), son of Steve Clark of Cogito C Class fame) turned up with a radical creation of his fathers that looked almost as if it consisted of a truncated bow from a very large catamaran (Team Oracle: have you lost anything?). British boats to home grown and Morrison designs were very much unknown quantities...

    In the one design fleet form was better established, and UK sailors Simon Allen and Mark Goodchild were expected to do well, but be chased hard by the strong German contingent. Sadly the strong Australian fleet was largely absent with budget problems and surprisingly there was limited participation from Swedish canoes. The German fleet contained a strong contingent of female and younger sailors, all of which bodes well for the future as well as demonstrating the Ics tolerance for a large range of crew weights.

    Visiting competitors were met with unseasonable wet and windy conditions making the practise, measurement and weighing sessions uncomfortable and the sheltered opening ceremony was welcomed as the sun eventually came through for the start of the 18th ICF Sailing World championships. Although Travemunde has a reputation for strong breeze three of the race days featured fairly light and shifty conditions. The other two more than made up for that though!

    Day 1 - Race 1

    ICs: Monday was light. Chris Maas put down his marker for the event, winning the opening race in fine style, with Alistair Warren and Colin Brown from the UK 2nd and 3rd. Simon Allen (GBR) was the one design winner in 9th place, with Mark Goodchild next in 13th and Frederik Steinmann (GER) 14th.

    ACs: Steve Bowen (GBR, Wales) in his recently acquired "Seasick Steve" led from Dave Timson (GBR, Wales) for the first 2 laps with little to separate the Llandegfedd SC pair. The local rivalry was evident with the pair colliding approaching the leeward mark. This incident coupled with a large wind shift favoured the chasing Arne Stahl (GER) and Rob Bell (GBR) who managed to get a jump on the Welsh pair on the final downwind leg with Arne Stahl securing the win.

    Day 1 - Race 2 & 3

    ICs: Chris Maas took Race 2 as well, with Colin Brown second and Alistair Warren 3rd. Allen at 9th was first one design from Goodchild in 11th and Stuart Brown (GER) 12th.For Race 3 a chink appeared in the Maas armour, and Peter Ullman (GER) took the win, with Brown and Warren 2nd and 3rd again. Allen took another One design win from 7th place, followed by Steinmann in 11th and Goodchild in 12th.

    ACs: With a moderating and shifting wind Timson was able to work the shifts and find the pressure to ease his nose clear of the pack taking the next two races to complete the first days racing.

    With the failing wind and a 3-mile upwind sail back to the beach the competitors were relieved to make the shore having sailed an eight hour first day session.

    Day 2 - Race 4

    Tuesday woke to no wind. After several delays a very decent sea breeze came in at around 18 -20 knots with quite big seas.

    ICs: Ullman took his second win with Maas second. Third was Chris Hampe (GBR), clearly relishing the breeze after a hard fight with Willy and David Clarke. Allen's 7th place gave him another OD win from Goodchild (8th) and Johan Elfström (SWE)(10th). There were several minor injuries and breakages, and one, to Colin Brown, put him out for the day and so effectively ended his challenge in the series, very disappointing after being in second place and on equal points with the leader after day one.

    ACs: The increased wind strength favoured the heavy weather maestro Steve Bowen (GBR) taking his first win from Phil Allen (GBR).

    Day 2 - Race 5

    ICs: In a slightly depleted fleet Ullman lead round the track in a very close race, losing out to Maas on the last tack to the finish line. David Clark took third from Hampe. Allen was 5th, and first OD, Goodchild 6th and Elfström 8th for 3rd OD.

    ACs: Rob Bell led from the windward mark with improved performance in the conditions from his square top Dynamic rig. Rob narrowly missed out on his first Worlds win when gybing off to port he became congested and covered by the one-design fleet allowing Dave Timson to sneak another win.

    Day 3 - Race 6

    Only one race sailed in light airs: it started at around 9-10 knots and dropped sufficiently to preclude any more racing.

    ICs: Maas, first, Ullman 2nd again. It was becoming clear that these two, both sailing Chris Maas designed boats with gybing daggerboards, had no intention of being off the top steps of the podium. Warren took 3rd place. Goodchild finally took a one-design win followed by Allen and Elfström.

    ACs: Stahl found his feet downwind leading the first lap from Timson and Bowen. On the final lap Bowen found pressure inshore to gain a position on the last leg taking his second win from Timson by the narrowest of margins.

    Day 4 - Race 7, 8, 9

    Another day of light breezes.

    ICs: Race 7. Maas won from Warren and Ullman. Goodchild took a second OD race to keep the series alive with Elfström and Allen 3rd. Race 8. Brown finally broke the Maas/Ullman stranglehold on first place, winning from Maas with Robin 3rd. Similarly Steinmann won his first one design race with Allen 2nd and Jan Stahl (GER) 3rd. R9. Maas won again, and took the trophy with it. Ullman was second and David Clark third.

    ACs: All 3 races saw wins from the consistent sailing of Timson securing the AC Worlds title with a real battle developing from the closely challenged 2nd to 5th spots.

    Day 5 - Race 10

    The final day and the sailors were met with their most challenging conditions of the event with gusts to 25 knots and very rough seas.

    ICs: Chris Hampe port tacked the fleet at the start and led right to the finish. Willy Clark chased hard, but a broken spreader bracket towards the end of the race meant that he had to ease back to be sure of finishing. The ODs were more competitive in the big breeze and Goodchild took third place, Simon Allen 4th and Elfström 5th.

    ACs: The waves were starting to take their toll on the fleet with kites staying firmly stored in their chutes after a number of pitch poles downwind. Pete McLaren (GBR) found the conditions to his favour leading the fleet around the course taking the final win from Steve Bowen. Arne Stahl finished third narrowly securing the overall runners-up spot by a single point from Steve Bowen who'd snatched the overall 3rd spot in the final race when Rob Bell failed to finish.

    Design

    With six wins it would seem that Maas' win was something of a walkover, but in truth he was racing and frequently changing places with other sailors, especially Ullman, but had the true Champion's knack of being in the lead on the last lap when it counts... The new boats, slightly narrower on the waterline and much lighter at 50kg dominated the results. Maas designs featuring wide sterns and U bows finished first and second, but its considered this was more to do with the sailors than the boats.

    The British entrants, which tended towards finer sterns and fuller central sections, were very competitive, especially in the lighter conditions, but some were suffering from a shortage of work-up time before the event. US rigs, featuring flatter sails on high modulus carbon masts, seemed to be more manageable in serious breeze than the fuller British rigs.

    Jim Champ (This report first appeared on the Yachts and Yachting web site).

    International Canoe Results

T-Rank Sail No. Helm Club Pl.(1.Wf) Pl.(2.Wf) Pl.(3.Wf) Pl.(4.Wf) Pl.(5.Wf) Pl.(6.Wf) Pl.(7.Wf) Pl.(8.Wf) Pl.(9.Wf) Pl.(10.Wf) T-Pts T-Rank
1 USA 246 Maas, Chris - 1 1 5 2 1 1 1 2 1 [8] 15,00 1
2 GER 79 Ullmann, Peter ZSK 6 4 1 1 2 2 3 5 2 [DNC] 26,00 2
3 GBR 30 Warren, Alistair AYC 2 3 3 15 [DNF] 3 2 4 4 7 43,00 3
4 USA 250 Clark, David BYC 7 8 4 4 3 4 7 7 3 [12] 47,00 4
5 GBR 311 Robin, Phil HISC 5 5 6 6 [DNC] 6 6 3 5 9 51,00 5
6 USA 241 Clark, William BYC [12] 6 8 5 7 9 8 6 9 2 60,00 6
7 GBR 308 Hampe, Chris RPCYC 11 10 10 3 4 [13] 10 8 10 1 67,00 7
8 USA 249 Clark, Stephen BYC 4 7 9 9 [DNC] 5 5 12 7 10 68,00 8
9 GBR 278 Allen, Simon HISC 9 9 7 7 5 10 [13] 10 11 4 72,00 9
10 GBR 265 Goodchild, Mark Wilsonian SC 13 11 12 8 6 8 9 [17] 8 3 78,00 10
11 GBR 319 Brown, Colin UYC 3 2 2 [DNF] DNC 7 4 1 6 DNC 91,00 11
12 GER 68 Steimann, Frederik SSC [14] 14 11 12 11 14 14 9 14 6 105,00 12
13 SWE 101 Elfström, Johan FKI 17 [DNF] 18 10 8 12 12 15 12 5 109,00 13
14 GBR 275 de Iongh, Hugh - 15 15 13 16 10 16 [17] 14 15 12 126,50 14
15 GER 75 Stahl, Jan KSGH 19 18 20 14 9 17 16 11 18 [DNC] 142,00 15
16 GBR 318 Ellis, John - 8 22 16 18 [DNF] 11 11 18 13 DNC 150,00 16
17 GER 74 Pagel, Eckhardt - 21 13 17 17 12 19 19 24 21 [DNC] 163,00 17
18 GER 60 Junge, Marei Charlotte SCPr 20 20 19 19 15 21 22 21 19 [DNF] 176,00 18
19 GER 52 Steimann, Anette SSC 18 21 15 [DNF] DNC 15 15 16 17 DNC 183,00 19
20 GER 64 Beers, Frido KSW 16 19 22 [DNC] DNC 20 18 13 16 DNC 190,00 20
21 GER 43 Beers, Simon KSW 22 25 23 [DNF] DNC 18 20 19 20 11 191,00 21
22 GER 58 Gillen, Lis WSB 23 23 24 20 14 24 21 22 22 [DNC] 193,00 22
23 GER 50 Gillen, Winnie WSB 25 24 26 21 16 22 23 20 23 [DNC] 200,00 23
24 GER 78 Regitz, Roger AIYCB 10 17 14 11 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 217,00 24
25 GER 56 Gillen, Jan WSB 24 16 21 13 13 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 219,00 25
26 GER 80 Beers, Fynn BSV-H 27 26 25 [DNF] DNC 26 25 23 DNF DNC 251,00 26
27 GER 59 Praetz, Ulrike KSGH 28 [DNF] 27 DNC DNC 23 24 DNF DNC DNC 267,00 27
28 GER 73 Brown, Stuart LYC 26 12 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 269,00 28
29 GER 72 Volkmer, Alfred NSV, VKL [DNF] DNF 28 DNC DNC 25 DNC DNC DNF DNC 284,00 29
30 GER 15 Gercken, Heike NSV, VKL [DNF] DNF 29 DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNF DNC 293,00 30
31 GER 36 Pennetier, William - [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 297,00 31
31 GER 77 Bierwagen, Axel YCN [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 297,00 31

International Canoe (One Design) Results

T-Rank Sail No. Helm Club Pl.(1.Wf) Pl.(2.Wf) Pl.(3.Wf) Pl.(4.Wf) Pl.(5.Wf) Pl.(6.Wf) Pl.(7.Wf) Pl.(8.Wf) Pl.(9.Wf) Pl.(10.Wf) T-Pts T-Rank
1 GBR 278 Allen, Simon HISC 1 1 1 1 1 2 [3] 2 2 2 13,00 1
2 GBR 265 Goodchild, Mark Wilsonian SC 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 [8] 1 1 15,00 2
3 GER 68 Steimann, Frederik SSC 3 4 2 4 [6] 4 4 1 4 4 30,00 3
4 SWE 101 Elfström, Johan FKI 6 [DNF] 6 3 3 3 2 6 3 3 35,00 4
5 GBR 275 de Iongh, Hugh - 4 5 4 [7] 5 6 7 5 5 6 47,00 5
6 GER 75 Stahl, Jan KSGH 8 7 8 6 4 7 6 3 8 [DNC] 57,00 6
7 GER 60 Junge, Marei Charlotte SCPr 9 9 7 8 9 10 11 11 9 [DNF] 83,00 7
8 GER 52 Steimann, Anette SSC 7 10 5 [DNF] DNC 5 5 7 7 DNC 88,00 8
9 GER 64 Beers, Frido KSW 5 8 10 [DNC] DNC 9 8 4 6 DNC 92,00 9
10 GER 43 Beers, Simon KSW 10 13 11 [DNF] DNC 8 9 9 10 5 96,00 10
11 GER 58 Gillen, Lis WSB 11 11 12 9 8 13 10 12 11 [DNC] 97,00 11
12 GER 50 Gillen, Winnie WSB 13 12 14 10 10 11 12 10 12 [DNC] 104,00 12
13 GER 56 Gillen, Jan WSB 12 6 9 5 7 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 123,00 13
14 GER 80 Beers, Fynn BSV-H 15 14 13 [DNF] DNC 15 14 13 DNF DNC 147,00 14
15 GER 59 Praetz, Ulrike KSGH 16 [DNF] 15 DNC DNC 12 13 DNF DNC DNC 161,00 15
16 GER 73 Brown, Stuart LYC 14 3 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 164,00 16
17 GER 72 Volkmer, Alfred NSV, VKL [DNF] DNF 16 DNC DNC 14 DNC DNC DNF DNC 177,00 17
18 GER 15 Gercken, Heike NSV, VKL [DNF] DNF 17 DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNF DNC 185,00 18
19 GER 36 Pennetier, William - [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 189,00 19
19 GER 77 Bierwagen, Axel YCN [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 189,00 19

Asymettric Canoe Results

T-Rank Sail No. Helm Club Pl.(1.Wf) Pl.(2.Wf) Pl.(3.Wf) Pl.(4.Wf) Pl.(5.Wf) Pl.(6.Wf) Pl.(7.Wf) Pl.(8.Wf) Pl.(9.Wf) Pl.(10.Wf) T-Pts T-Rank
1 GBR 303 Timson, Dave LSC 3 1 1 [4] 1 2 1 1 1 4 15,00 1
2 GER 76 Stahl, Arne KSGH 1 2 4 3 3 [DNF] 3 2 5 3 26,00 2
3 GBR 310 Bowen, Stephen AYC 4 [5] 3 1 4 1 5 4 3 2 27,00 3
4 GBR 298 Bell, Rob BCU 2 3 5 6 2 3 2 3 4 [DNC] 30,00 4
5 GBR 296 Allen, Philip HISC 5 4 2 2 5 5 4 6 2 [DNC] 35,00 5
6 GBR 280 McLaren, Peter LLSC [6] 6 6 5 6 4 6 5 6 1 45,00 6
7 GBR 309 Stebbing, Robert CP 7 7 [DNF] DNF DNC 6 7 7 7 DNC 65,00 7

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