The German J/22 Class held their annual Open J/22 Regatta on the Halterner Strausee lake, hosted by the Segelclub Prinzensteg. Fourteen teams from across Germany were looking forward to sailing on this lake 80.0 miles north of Dusseldorf in the Rhine Valley. After a slow start on the first day, Reiner Brockerhoff’s GER 14444 team of Christophe DeClerque and Charles Michaux from Duisburger YC won four of six races to take the regatta by seven points. The balance of the podium was determined by a closely-fought three-way battle, with just three points separating them in the end and the outcome being determined by the final race. Winning that fight to take the silver was the local SCP club team skippered by Hardy Kleinefeld and his GER 1181 crew of Dirk Glanzmann and Christian Raschke; their 4-4-1-8-2-5 tallied 16 points net. Just one point back in the bronze position was Holger Schmitt’s GER 1390 team from Seglergemeinschaft Lohheider (crewing for him was Ingo Schmitt and Thomas Hanf). An OCS in race 5 marred their otherwise brilliant scoreline, counting races of 2-5-4-4-OCS-2 for 17 points net. Another local crew finished fourth—GER 1497 sailed by the family crew of Daniel, Heike and Marvin Lotzbeyer; their record of 7-2-6-2-5-4 was good enough for 19 points net. For more German Open J/22 Regatta information, visit

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