As rain and light winds kept all the other sailors on land, near to the shore Group C in the women's match racing competition began their round robin to decide which two teams would qualify automatically for the quarter finals and join the four teams who qualified yesterday.
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So with no racing there was time to talk about the German efforts for the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth, Great Britain in the daily press conference. Just back from the 470 European Championship with the silver medal in the bag Lucas ZELLMER and Heiko SEELIG are focused on 2012. After a year break ZELLMER and SEELIG started training seriously again this winter in Palma and came to Kiel with a complete new boat. And it works obviously as they scored first place finishes in both races on Saturday to top the leaderboard. "We hope now to get funding from the German Sailing Association to accelerate our Olympic campaign", explained ZELLMER.
With former Olympic Tornado sailor Johannes POLGAR teaming up with Tim KROGER in the Star, fresh winds came into the German Star fleet. Re-organized and building up a new training group together with Johannes BABENDERERDE and Timo JACOBS and Alexander SCHLONSKI sailing with Frithjof KLEEN, Polgar is looking forward to the future: "With a big portion of freshness but highly concentrated on our target we look forward to optimizing our training efforts. We are happy that Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY also joined our group before Kiel. It is a new approach for us to train together but it is in all our interests to work together."
One race was completed by the Star fleet yesterday and it looks like the new training system is paying off; STANJEK and KOY took with the bullet with POLGAR and KROGER second. The light winds suit POLGAR and KROGER and both are enjoying the new challenge. POLGAR explained how he has had to completely change his whole training programme after his Tornado campaign: "In Qingdao my weight was 68kg, now I am 86. But I have to take care not to build up weight instead of muscles. We have a long way to go to reach the best crew weight and are working with nutritionists to get the best diet and training regime."
The other strong training fleets here in Kiel are the RS:X. With the RS:X European Championship finishing on the same day that racing began in Kiel, many of the big names in fleet are not competing. But for up and coming talent Moana DELLE, whose next target is the world championship in September, Kiel was the best choice of event. "Kieler Woche and the World Championship was the best combination for me to be able to take my exams at university and to get a good preparation for the Worlds", stated the 20 year old from Kiel. Delle made the perfect start to her regatta yesterday, finishing first in both races. Currently in eleventh position on the ISAF World Cup Standings, an overall win for DELLE will put her in a strong position to challenge for a podium position if she competes at the final event in Weymouth in September.
Having learned a lot from his 2008 Olympic campaign Toni WILHELM will be back for 2012: "I have analysed my last campaign to avoid making the same mistakes again. I started my training again in March and after finishing my studies I have now enough time to be on the water." After two races yesterday, Wilhelm is third on the leaderboard after finishing second and sixth.
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Besides the ISAF Sailing World Cup competition, Kieler Woche has even more to offer. Three high class international championships (the X-35 Worlds, the X-41 Europeans and the SAP Europeans of the 505) and the virtual Kieler Woche online are other highlights of this year's event, which again brings together all varieties of the sport from cutter sailing to surfboard, dinghy and offshore yachts, disabled sailing events and the famous windjammer parade.
ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:
16-21 Dec 2008 - Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 - Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain
Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.