Weather conditions on the race courses were hard to predict on the third racing day at Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.
After one race, head of the organizing committee Jobst Richter (Kiel Yacht Club) had to stop the races at noon because of a small thunder cell with strong winds that was approaching the Kiel Fjord faster than predicted. After a break of four hours, the races could continue in stormy gusts.
"To interrupt the racing day was the right decision. We were not hit that much by the thunderstorm, but it hit Eckernfoerde and Damp quite badly. That would have been irresponsible," concluded Richter in the evening.
Germany's Simon Grotelueschen and Philipp Buhl continue to fight it out in the Laser. Both sailors are tied on nine points with Grotelueschen at the top having won four races compared to Buhl's three. Andrew Maloney (NZL) is eight points behind the Germans in third place.
There is also a tie in the Laser Radial as Franziska Goltz (GER) and Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) continue to duel. "This is a great training for the Olympics,"
said Goltz, who will meet Drozdovskaya again at the Olympics. After seven races, Goltz is leading with 13 points, same point score than Drozdovskaya.
Tobias Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann (GER) are taking up speed in the 49er. After a restrained start at the first racing day, the titleholders finally got into the game and are now leading after nine races. "Even if our focus is on the Olympics, Kiel Week is still important for us as the titleholders,"
In the 470, the contests are turning out to be a real German festival. While Ferdinand Gerz and Patrick Follmann had to give up the pole position, Magnus Masilge and Moritz Klingenberg took the lead in the fleet, followed by Gerz and Follmann. In the Women's 470, the Junior Vice World Champions Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka showed impressive results. With four victories in six races, they are now leading, one point in front of Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke.
In the 2.4mR Damien Seguin (FRA) leads the fleet on nine points followed by Thierry Schmitter (NED) and Heiko Kroger (GER).