The 2018 Gold Cup and European Championship regattas are in the books. Congratulations to Ron Sherry US44 who won his third European Championship in an extraordinarily tough field of competitors in frigid conditions on Lake Wielimie in Szczecinek, Poland. North American sailor Chris Berger US5166 joined Ron in the top ten with a 7th place finish.
Top 10 Gold Fleet
1 US- 44 Ronald, Sherry
2 P- 114 Michał, Burczyński
3 P- 36 Karol, Jabłonski
4 P- 155 Łukasz, Zakrzewski
5 P- 55 Tomasz, Zakrzewski
6 P- 13 Dariusz, Kardaś
7 US- 5166 Chris, Berger
8 G- 936 Jost, Kolb
9 C- 45 Mihkel, Kosk
10 P- 431 Jarek, Radzki
DN European Championship A Fleet Winners
Time for a quick update before heading to the lake. Racing began at noon yesterday on the first day of the EC because of brutally cold temps in the morning. A C qualifier, B qualifier, an A, and another B were sailed. Ron Sherry us44 took the first race.
It’s cold again this morning but lighter winds are predicted which will make for challenging conditions. Off to the lake!
Congratulations to Poland’s Karol Jablonski for winning a 12th DN World Championship and his 5th in a row!
A bit of Snow fell over night making which made for some drifting. Another cold day. Off to dinner and then registration for the European Championship which begins tomorrow. Results will be posted on the European IDNIYRA website.
To be continued…
It was a bluebird day for iceboating racing but a cold one. Winds were light to medium which allowed for ten races.
After placing well in the first race, Chris Berger had some tough luck at the start of the second Gold when he lost his halyard seconds before the race started and was unable to compete. After a tough first race, Ron Sherry made some changes that brought him up to second place in the next two Gold races. T Theiler kept climbing in the results all day, ending the day with a 4th. Tomorrow will be the finale of the Gold Cup and the European Championship will begin on Wednesday.
The fleet made its way to Lake Wielimie near the city of Szczecinek, a five hour drive from Gizycko, Poland. Because there was no freeway, the trip took an extra two hours of driving through the winding roads and small villages of rural Poland. We were slightly delayed in our departure because of a flat trailer tire but a full pit crew of iceboaters made record time making the change. As you can see from the photo above, the sky was dramatic as we pulled in. It’s been another long day and will write more tomorrow night after the first day of competition. The Worlds begin tomorrow. Winds are forecast to be 7 MPH. Stay tuned for more.
We arrived last night to Gizycko, Poland. The last 30 km were a challenge because of a heavy snow squall that reduced visibility. Not the kind of weather that gives confidence while approaching an iceboat regatta. Today, scouts found another site with black ice in western Poland, 5 hours from here. Racing begins Monday. To be continued!