For the fourth time in a row, Silke Basedow and her team have won the Helga Cup, the largest women’s regatta in the world. With Juliane Zepp, Maren Hohlbrock and Marion Rommel on board, the Hamburg native prevailed after a total of 81 races and received the winner’s trophy on Sunday afternoon from the hands of Kristina Vogel and State Councilor Christoph Holstein.
“We are very happy that we have won again, now for the fourth time and at the same time it was just totally close and I think that Team Goldelsen (2nd place) would have deserved it as well. For us as a team it was a good conclusion, because next year I would like to support more on land and then I will no longer sail as a helmswoman. It was a great event, once again a lot of fun. I’m definitely looking forward to participating in the Helga Cup again in the new role,” said Skipper Silke Basedow.
Baselow has been appointed to the new Helga Cup Board and will take care of the further development and strategic orientation of the Helga Cup with Nadine Löschke (43, Hamburg), Claudia Langenhan (48, Hamburg), Julia Kühn (25, Hamburg) and Dr. Anja Kamradt (58, Berlin).
Team Goldelsen with skipper Carla Gerlach from Berliner Yacht Club finished in second place and third place went to the women from Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee with skipper Frederike Westphalen at the helm also at home in Berlin.
The sixth edition of the Helga Cup was once again a complete success, with 64 crews from 11 nations racing on the Hamburg Alster in optimal sailing conditions over three days.
“We had Caribbean sailing conditions, sun and wind, it doesn’t get any better than that” NRV club manager Klaus Lahme said. “I would like to sincerely thank all the volunteer helpers, our race stewards Tina Buch and Jens Hahlbrock with their teams, the Umpire Chief Manuel Hünsch and his team. Everyone did a fantastic job!”
During the official opening on Saturday evening, Senator of the Interior Andy Grote once again emphasized the special importance of the world’s largest women’s regatta for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Active City movement. Organizer Sven Jürgensen was also satisfied after three exhausting days of racing: “I am glad that we will continue to develop the Helga Cup in the future with a women’s team in the leadership. Six years of the Helga Cup have been a wonderful time and I am looking forward to supporting the team in the second row as organizer for the Helga Cup 2024. We took another big step in 2023 by welcoming new women’s crews to their first regatta.”
The seventh edition of the Helga Cup will take place next year from June 6 to 9, 2024 on the Alster and the facility of the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein.
Event homepage: www.helgacup.de
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