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18 June 2007, 01:30 pm
Slow Start In Kiel
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Kiel Week 2007
Kiel, Germany

Rain showers, thunder storms and becalmed seas prevailed on the race areas resulting in a sodden start for the Olympic Classes at the ISAF Grade 1 Kiel Week. Despite the light winds, racing was held across the majority of the fleets, with the home German sailors featuring prominently amongst the early leaders.
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Because of the lack of wind, the windsurfers in the two RS:X fleets and the Tornado teams did not start a single race. There was racing elsewhere, with the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Star, 470 and 49er fleets sailing their opening race, whilst the Paralympic 2.4mR class finished two races near the Schilksee Olympic Centre.

Kiwis Strong

Amongst the 60 starters of the Laser Radial fleet, the Kiwi girls had a good start in Saturday's single race; Jo ALEH (NZL) finished first, followed by Anke HELBIG (GER) with Miranda POWRIE (NZL) in third. Michele REGOLO (ITA) crossed first in the Laser fleet, consisting of 100 entries sailing in three groups.

The Australian teams starred in the Men's 470 fleet (60 entries) - Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) placed first whilst Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) came third - and will fight against the German team Lucas ZELLMER and Heiko SEELIG, who finished the day's race in second place. In the 49er class the Austrian team Christoph SIEBER and Clemens KRUSE won Saturday's race, followed by Emil TOFT NIELSEN and Simon TOFT NIELSON (DEN) and Germany's Leopold FRICKE and Lorenz HUBER in third.

The first Finn sailor crossing the finishing line was Hubert RAUDASCHL's son Florian RAUDASCHL (AUT), who seems to have inherited his sailing skill and talent from his famous father! The lead in the Star Class after the first race includes several nations: Eivind MELLEBY and Petter MÖRLAND (NOR) in first, Alexander HAGEN and Frithjorf KLEEN (GER) second, Marc PICKEL and Ingo BORKOWSKI (GER) third and Peter BROMBY and Bill MCNIVEN (BER) fourth.

KRÖGER Leads

After two races Heiko KRÖGER (GER) leads the 2.4mR class, closely followed by Bjornar ERIKSTAD (NOR) in second and Helena LUCAS (GBR) in third.

The German Tornado team Helge SACH and Christian SACH commented at the press conference that they are rather 'oldies' in the Olympic Multihull class, and prefer occasionally sailing a Formula 18, as, 'Sailing a F18 makes you earn some money which you easily can spend on an Olympic campaign in the Tornado class!'

The Race Officer of the Offshore course, Tom ROSS, reported the satisfactory performance of the 108 offshore entries which sailed in three groups and finished their racing close to the Schilksee Olympic Harbour.

Premium Partners of Kiel Week 2007 like BMW (presenter), HSH Nordbank, freenet and boot Duesseldorf as well as numerous co-sponsors like b+m Informatik,B + S Card Service, Canon, Fürst Bismarck Quelle, Helly Hansen, Hugo Hamann, International Farbenwerke, Jever, Kapsch CarrierCom, Kielnet, Lankhorst and Hohorst, Nexus, Segler-Zeitung, Tutima contribute successfully to this year's 125th edition of Kiel Week.

For all the news on Kiel Week CLICK HERE.

Kiel Week will be included in the first running of the ISAF World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes. For more on the ISAF World Cup© CLICK HERE.

Hermann Hell (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Heiko KRÖGER in the 2.4mR:© Landeshauptstadt Kiel/Peter Lühr
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