17 Haikutter – as many as never before – participated on the 9th Haikutter-Regatta from Nysted in Denmark to Rostock for the 27th Hanse Sail. On August 9th, 85 sailors started very early in the morning from Rostock to Gedser with Scandlines to participate during the regatta. At 12.30 o´clock the regatta started with very good weather conditions at the Windmill Farm from Lolland-Falster.
“Carmelan” celebrates start-to-finish-victory
Right from the beginning the “Carmelan” catched up the right wind and sailed directly to the target line in front of Warnemünde. The rest of the 16 Shark-Cutter were not that lucky and drifted up to the east and did not have a chance at all. Due to the lack of wind the regatta was finished at 16.00 o´clock and the captains announced the GPS-dates of the vessel to the race director Stefan Schwannecke. The final result confirmed the victory of “Carmelan” followed by “Dana” on the 2nd and the Polish crew from “Olander” took the 3rd place. Captain Martin Wille said at the end: “We are very happy about our victory! It is the result from a very old and good maintained vessel of 90 years, a great crew and a little bit of luck. At the end we only wanted to keep this start-to-finish victory!”
But all participating crews are winners. Thanks to sponsoring from Scandlines, Adler-Schiffe, Janny´s Eis, Heinrich Hirdes GmbH, Lolland-Falster and Guldborgsund Kommune, Hanse Sail Association and the Hanseatic City of Rostock it is possible to pay every Haikutter owner an entry fee of 22,55 Euro per meter of the length over all of their vessels.
In 2018 the Haikutter Festival & Regatta celebrates its 10th anniversary from August 4th until August 8th. Special actions and events, like a conference in the MUSEUM OF ART in Fuglsang about preservation of traditional ships and Baltic Sea Tourism, are planned. Each member of the Baltic Sail Association will contribute a typical cultural highlight during these days. More details on this happening are following as soon as possible.
(Annika Schmied/Danielle Zimmermann)