MF XXII wins 2022 5.5 Metre Herbstpreis on Thunersee

MF XXII wins 2022 5.5 Metre Herbstpreis on Thunersee

MF XXII wins 2022 5.5 Metre Herbstpreis on Thunersee


09/10/2022 - 17:05

After leaving the club at 09.00 the fleet sailed down the lake in a very light northerly before the first race started around 10.30 in 3-4 knots. The wind was still very unstable but strengthened slightly for a good race.

With the fleet splitting, the left side paid halfway up with Skylla IV (SUI 182, Andre Bernheim, Urs Werner, Alex Bernheim) leading up the middle. However, they were just beaten round the top mark by Forza Del Destino on the final shift. And there were a lot of them ...

MF XXII rounded mid fleet but sailed a great downwind on the left to round the bottom mark overlapped with Forza Del Destino but on the inside track, so led up the final leg.

On the final beat the shifts again were crucial with Forza Del Destino staying in the middle while MF XXII headed towards the eastern shoreline. When they crossed again Forza Del Destino had a good lead to take the winners gun from MF XXII and Black & White (SUI 219, Daniel Schenker, Mark Dangel, Felix Schneebeli).

By now there was a bit of blue sky showing and within 10 minutes the wind had died to 1-2 knots and soon after, just glass. The race committee waited and waited and were rewarded with a light southerly, but this was very short lived and as the lake returned to glass, the rest of the racing was abandoned and the series was completed with just two races.

The end of the Herbstpreis marks the end of the European season for the class, but it has much to look forward to both next year and in the years after. The 2023 regatta calendar is being prepared now with the highlight being the Scandinavian Gold Cup and World Championship in Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

Light wind 5.5 Metre thriller on Thunersee
Grand finale for the Yacht Club Isole di Toscana racing season