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23 June 2013, 01:26 pm
Racing Underway At Kieler Woche
Robert Scheidt (BRA)
Robert Scheidt (BRA) leads the Laser fleet after day one in Kiel

Kieler Woche 2013
Kiel, Germany

Wind from South East, with heavy gusts for the start, dropped later on with nice sunny weather made for a perfect sailing day on the first race day of Kieler Woche with all classes on schedule.
On the TV course, the skiffs did sail their races. Visitors could not just watch the races right in front of Schilksee from ashore, but also the live stream broadcasted by cameras from above and on the water. The whole week, people can watch the Kiel Week races all over the world.

The 49er men and the 49erFX women demonstrated spectacular scenes with capsizing boats in the shifty and gusty winds in front of the olympic center in Schilksee.

As expected, the 49erFX fleet turned out to be a duel between German and Australian teams and the German women, who already had proven to belong to the world's top position in this new olympic class, are again in good shape. Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz from Kiel made it to the top of the fleet in the evening race, Tessa Parkinson and Chelsea Hall (AUS) are second, followed by Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER). Lutz and Beucke who are now trying to gain victory also in Kiel for the European Champions Sailing Cup (ECSC) series, after already having won the ECSC in Medemblik.

The next Australian team Ella Giudice and Kate Lathouras in front of Jule and Lotta Goerge from Kiel and Leonie Meyer and Maren Hahlbrock, also from Kiel.

In the 49er skiff the Australian team of Will Philips and Rhys Mara lead in front of the Croatians Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupac. The German men seem to be on the right track for good reults as well. Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz (GER) are currently on the third place, followed by Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch (AUT). Erik Heil and Thomas Ploeßel from Kiel, who won the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma this year, are currently fifth.

Euroean Champion Buhl has started off to defend his title in the one-man laser. He finished first in the first race, then had a fourth and a twelfth place and is currently in fifth position, within reach of the lead. The Brazilian Robert Scheidt is in top position. Having won the Olympic gold medal twice in the Laser and then been away from the class for seven years, has made a impressive come-back with two second places and one first.

In the the mixed multihull Nacra 17, the German-Italian team of Pietro Sibello and Lisa Rattemeyer was improving continuously. Eleventh. in the first race was followed by places 8 and 4. In total he is in fourth position, but it is still a long way to the leading team of Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from Australia.

The 470 fleet was dominated by Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstroem (SWE) and the British team Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre in the women's fleet.

The paralympic 2.4mR is dominated again by Heiko Kroeger (GER), who has already won the Kiel Week five times. The winner of the paralympics in 2000 has finished first twice and third once - currently taking the lead of the fleet.

Kieler Woche Website

Hermann Hell (As Amended by ISAF)
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