LEIBINGER Raffica is building on the successes of previous years

07/09/2014

The weather conditions of the 64th RUND UM am Bodensee, a regatta on Lake Constance, were better than ever. Some 309 boats sailed through moderate winds on a mild June night. Among them there were many well-known names, including the LEIBINGER Raffica, whose skipper Zsolt Kiraly and his 13-person crew had to face many challenges this year.

As the starting shot was fired at 7:30 p.m. on June 20, 2014 for the 64th Rund um den Bodensee regatta (RUND UM in short), the LEIBINGER Raffica began the largest nighttime sailing event with a small handicap. A week earlier, the team's boat had capsized during the Bol d'Or Regatta on Lake Geneva. But thanks to the passionate dedication of the team, the monohull boat (Libera) was repaired within a few days and sailed, without a keel and with only a daggerboard, the 100 kilometer-long circuit through Lindau, Meersburg, Überlingen and Romanshorn. Even the sudden illness of a crew member could not stop the LEIBINGER Raffica. Luckily, a replacement was found quickly.

After a sensational time of just 6 hours and 12 minutes, the LEIBINGER Raffica, headed by skipper Zsolt Kiraly, crossed the finish line in the Port of Lindau at 1:42 a.m. It was the first trapeze boat in its class – and the ninth boat overall – to finish. The next trapeze boat, "Gaboon", did not finish until 3:00 a.m. Later, there was cause for confusion when it was discovered that the LEIBINGER Raffica was listed in the second place in its class, in spite of it finishing 78 minutes before the “Gaboon”. The cause for this was the calculated finishing time, which is crucial in judging the race. This is determined using the boat handicap rating (the Portsmouth Yardstick), which reflects the individual performance of each boat. Subsequently, therefore, the "Gaboon" narrowly earned the top spot in this class of trapeze boats. Nevertheless, it was an exciting and successful regatta for the experienced LEIBINGER Raffica team, who also enjoyed the support of the countless fans in attendance.

The overall winner in this long-distance regatta, which has been held annually by the "Lindauer Segler-Club" (Lindau Sailing Club) since 1951, was the catamaran "Sonnenkönig" (Sun King) with skipper Stefan Stäheli.