Sailing on edge at the blu26 Cup Zug

Around this time last year, if you’d have asked a blu26 sailor about the sailing experience in Zug, it's fair to say that the answer would have probably been a lot shorter. This year’s blu26 Cup Zug however, took place under exceptionally strong wind conditions with winds up to 6 bft!

Eleven teams from Switzerland and Germany accepted the challenge and proofed to be tough. Synchronized teamwork, precise maneuvers and being on top of the wind were key. Team Hazel proofed to master these skills best and won the blu26 Cup Zug 2019.

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Zug is a very welcoming place, offering a first in class marina infrastructure. Eleven crews in total from Switzerland and Germany traveled to Lake Zug to participate in this year’s blu26 Cup Zug. Some new teams lined up, including youngsters taking a leap. Across the two racing days the lake presented its rather dynamic side - it was a tough test for every sailor. Still, the crews executed six exciting runs overall.

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The weather forecast was promising. And indeed, strong, changing winds up to 6 bft and some in-between rain showers pushed the teams hard on the first day. After two runs only, the race committee had to put an end to the first regatta day due to storm warning. Although the rules do not permit onward sailing under these circumstances, the blu26 boat again proofed to be stable and reliable even in such severe winds. The second day tested the teams again with extremely volatile and shifting wind conditions, allowing for four runs. The race committee did a great job catching up with the constantly changing circumstances. Team Hazel with skipper Michael Klötzli won the blu26 Cup Zug 2019 in the end, closely followed by team blutwo with skipper Markus Bohren in second, and team Voodoo Child with skipper David Menti in third place.

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“When you’re done from the race you forget all the wicked moments – you just remember the good bits,” Michael Klötzli said, amid the euphoria in the club house after the race. “After this weekend, we are especially well prepared for the next challenge at the blu26 European Open in Middelfart, Denmark!”

A big thank you goes to Yacht Club Zug for the perfect organization, the racing committee’s tireless engagement, and Thekla and her team for the great hosting and amazing dinner.

Results blu26 Cup Zug 2019

Pictures blu26 Cup Zug 2019

Video Julian Franke / Team Sailingcenter


Next events blu26 Class:                                                                                                                      

31.05.-02.06.              blu26 Race Denmark European Open*, Middelfart DEN

21.-23.06.                   blu26 Int. Swiss Championship Urnersee, Brunnen

24.-25.08.                   blu26 Cup St. Moritz*

21.-22.09.                   blu26 Cup Bayern, Bad Wiessee GER

05.-06.10.                   blu26 Cup Zürich

*boats available on site             

Author: Céline Zuber | Pictures: YCZ, Peider Fried