Hamburg/Miami, 1st February 2015 - the Laser sailor Philipp Buhl provided an ideal start to the season for the Audi Sailing Team Germany with a victory at the first ISAF Sailing World Cup of the year in Miami (26th to 31st January 2015). In a white-knuckle final, the 25-year-old from Sonthofen came out on top. The best result for the German women was eighth position, secured by the twins Jule and Lotta Görge (from Kiel) in the Olympic 49erFX category.
For Philipp Buhl, as one of the great hopefuls for Rio in 2016, the pre-Olympic season couldn’t have started any better. With a victory in the first ISAF Sailing World Cup of 2015, the 25-year-old army athlete secured his position amongst the best in the world. “This victory is a surprise because I wanted to slowly work my way towards it. That’s why it’s mega cool to have won straight off,” explained the jubilant victor. “I’m going to take the burst of motivation this has given me to the next regattas. To qualify for the Olympics, I have to deliver at the European Championships and the World Championships.”
As Philipp Buhl had already secured the silver medal in the Laser Standard before the final medal race, the “sailor of the year” for two years running entered the race in a more relaxed state. In the ten races that week, Buhl placed within the top ten seven times, including one victory. With fifth place in the medal race, the German managed a victory by three points over the World Championship bronze medallist, Nick Thompson from Britain, for whom a material defect cost him his narrow lead. The Australian, Matthew Wearn, came in third place amongst the 106 Laser sailors.
The twins Jule and Lotta Görge from Kiel, provided a small surprise as part of the women’s team. At 22-years-old, Germany’s youngest female 49erFX team to start with the other 40 teams in the regatta made a good impression in a tough battle for the only starting place in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with eighth place. In the end, four German National Sailing Team duos placed amongst the top twenty in Miami.
The German National Sailing Team members placing within the top 20:
11th: Ferdinand Gerz (Munich)/Oliver Szymanski (Berlin) – men’s 470s
12th: Erik Heil/Thomas Plößel (Berlin) – 49ers
13th: Victoria Jurczok/Anika Lorenz (Berlin) – 49erFX
14th: Tina Lutz (Bergen)/Susann Beucke (Strande) – 49erFX
14th: Toni Wilhelm (Dogern) - RS:X Windsurfing
16th: Leonie Meyer (Osnabrück)/Elena Stoffers (Kiel) – 49erFX
Further information about the German sailors’ “road to Rio” can be found here.
All results from the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami can be found here.