49er sailors from Sternberg and Inning: World Championship experiences and Olympic dreams

The strong final sprint was rewarded with a sixth place: Jakob Magendorfer (right) of the Bavarian Yacht Club and Andreas Spanger achieved the biggest success of their careers at the 49er World Championship in Halifax.
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The strong final sprint was rewarded with a sixth place: Jakob Magendorfer (right) of the Bavarian Yacht Club and Andreas Spanger achieved the biggest success of their careers at the 49er World Championship in Halifax. © Sailing Energy

The participants of the district returned home from the Sailing World Championships in the fastest Olympic boat classes with strong results. The top of the world is within striking distance.

Sternberg/Inning/Tutzing – Sailors from the Five Lakes area did a great job at the World Championships in Halifax, Canada for the three fast Olympic boat classes – 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17. Jakob Meggendorfer and Andreas Spanger of the Bavarian Yacht Club put on the best performance. The Sternberg pair celebrated their greatest career success to date at the 49er World Championship: the crew finished sixth as the best German team.

In a field of 65 Skiff teams from 23 countries, 26-year-old helmsman Megendorfer and his 25-year-old Crew Spanger achieved strong results in 15 regular races. After two early third places, the two had a short dry spell with several double-digit places, before progressing to seventh place with a spectacular final sprint and running 13 to 15 in races four, three and two. stay in place.

Megendorfer/Spanger “Super Happy” with sixth place at the World Championship

In the medal race that followed, the duo presented themselves as focused and aggressive. With very good position at the turning point, the BYC crew finished third, moving up one place in the final standings and achieving their first top ten result at the World Championships.

“Finally we were able to show what we can do in the World Cup. We are very happy and relieved too,” said Meggendorfer. “We now hope to be consistent and achieve top ten placements. Our training group was and is extremely valuable to this in recent years,” said Sternberg Helsmann. “We were able to outdo each other and Leonov. And happy for Max too.” Leonov Schell and Max Stingel from Kiel Yacht Club finished 13th as the second best German team in Canada.

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Coach Max Groe on Sternberg pairing: The overall package is right

Coach Max Groy said: “With Jakob and Andreas, the overall package has long been perfect: pace, strategy, tactics and communication with each other – it could hardly have been better.” The two top German teams had shown that “he can go up and perform at the same level when the others don’t perform. The tip has become widespread in the 49er,” says Groy. “There are other teams like this. Who can win medals. This also applies to our training group.”

As part of the best German crew in the women’s category 49er FX, Katherine Bartelheimer of Inning Sailing Club finished 15th at the World Championships. With helmswoman Inga-Marie Hoffmann from Düsseldorf Yacht Club, the 22-year-old sold brilliantly in the 36-boat starting field.

Katherine Bartelheimer raises the flag for Ammersee

Hoffmann/Bartelheimer missed a day’s win twice: in sixth place out of 16 races, he finished second, in ninth he finished third. As a third top result, the duo finished fourth in the overall rankings from the second race. The Germans were able to leave the 30th.

Happy 15th place at the World Championships: Katherine Bartelheimer (left) and helmswoman Inga-Marie Hoffmann (Düsseldorf Yacht Club) from Inning Sailing Club.
Happy 15th place at the World Championships: Katherine Bartelheimer (left) and helmswoman Inga-Marie Hoffmann (Düsseldorf Yacht Club) from Inning Sailing Club. © Felix Diemer

“Basically, we are very happy with our 15th place,” said helmswoman Hoffman. “It was our first Senior World Championship, an exciting and good experience. It was great to be able to finish as the best German FX team.”

Bartelheimer: 2024 Olympics dream alive in France

The World Cup also shows that there are certainly opportunities for Olympic competitions in Marseille as part of the Paris 2024 Games. “Kathy and I want to go down that path together. We think our chances are pretty good,” said the 21-year-old from Düsseldorf. “We are a super strong training group and can push each other well “

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Nadine Böhm of the German Touring Yacht-Club (Tützing) had no chance with the crew of Lena-Marie Weiskichel (Württembergischer Yacht-Club) in the field of the 49er FX. In the end, both finished in 30th place, tenth as the best individual placement in the overall standings.
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