All classes were able to get a number of races completed in the testing conditions. Whilst the Finns, Lasers and Stars have all recently finished their European championships, the 470 worlds and 49er Europeans are just around the corner so some of the fleets at Kieler Woche were missing some of their future Olympic campaigners; nonetheless the fleets are still full of big name sailors and plenty of future young talent.
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) started Kieler Woche with the lead in the Star fleet after two races. Scheidt, four times medallist at the Olympic Games, won Kieler Woche three times in the Laser, but never in the Star. Scheidt explained that it is a good start but the result is not so important as to create and maintain a rhythm.
"We plan to use the regatta to improve our sailing. It is my 15th Kieler Woche and it is even harder to win. It took me eight years to win my first one."
"The level here is very high, we have the new European champion here and the field is very strong."
"Our focus will be to go full on in 2011. We will race in the 2011 world championship in Australia then the goal will be the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, but we have some very strong competition from within Brazil to beat first, especially from the Grael family."
Fresh from their victory at the European championship Johannes Polgar (GER) and Markus Koy (GER) came in third today tied on the leader board with the young team of Mathias Miller and Benedikt Wenk (GER).
"After winning the European Championship in Italy we are a bit exhausted. But after we sailed to the race course this morning we were back on track again", explained Johannes Polgar.
Polgar went on to explain that they were still fresh and new to the class after switching from the Tornado.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Star
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How strong the competition is in the 34 boat 2.4 mR class. The first three races showed it today on course India straight in front of the Schilksee harbour. Last years Kieler Woche winner Heiko Kroeger (GER) won the first race of the day, but dropped to third and ninth place respectively in the next two races.
"Especially in the last race it was very tricky with the wind shifts. With one tack at the wrong time you went back from first to ten," Heiko Kroeger expressed at the end of the day.
It was the other way round for Thierry Schmitter (NED). Last year second placed Schmitter opened Kieler Woche with a seventh place. But with two wins in the following races he goes into the lead. Gold medallist from Qingdao Paul Tingley (CAN) came in seventh in the last race and currently stands in ninth overall.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - 2.4mR
Three races and three bullets for Olga Maslivets of the Ukraine. Placed 29th in the ISAF World Rankings the 32 year Olga Maslivets now leads the Women's RS:X fleet. The German newcomer Moana Dell started Kieler Woche down in eighth place but having trained in Maui, Auckland and Mallorca, she feels prepared for her Olympic campaign:
"I learned a lot about surfing and the RS:X board during the last few months in New Zealand and in Spain and I am looking forward for the Olympic qualifications in 2011."
Spaniard Ivan Pastor and 2008 Olympic silver medallist Julien Bontemps (FRA) enjoyed the gusty conditions to notch up near perfect scores on the opening days racing. The first of a number of the strong Polish contingent, Micha Majewski sits in third spot.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Women's RS:X
There were a number of spills in the 49er fleet in the lively conditions today.
"That was a nice breeze outside today and it was real fun to sail. It did not really start very well for us in the morning, but in the afternoon we won one race and came fourth in the last race of the day", Oliver Lewin (GER) sailing together with Julian Ramm (GER) was happy after his first day.
The German pair are placed third overall behind the two British teams of Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh and John Pink and Rick Peacock. The current leader of the ISAF World Rankings Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch (AUT) finished sixth today right behind the winning team from last year Lennart Briesenick-Pudenz and Morten Massmann (GER).
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - 49er
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Australian Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher of Australia scored three bullets to take a commanding lead in the Mens 470 fleet. The Australians are comfortable leaders in the 470 Sailing World Cup rankings with one regatta remaining. Current world champions, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) hold second with Mantis Panagiotis and Paul Kagialis (GRE) are third.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Men's 470
Back racing on the Olympic trail again Sarah Ayton of Great Britain has recently teamed up with experienced 470 crew Saskia Clark and opened their account in Kiel with a four point lead from Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer of Denmark. Local Kiel sailors Annina Wagner and Marlene Steinherr hold third.
With a recent victory at the Finn European championship in Split under his belt, the Croatian Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic opened his Kiel regatta with consistent results to lead the Finn fleet from Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) and seasoned Spanish campaigner Rafael Trujillo of Spain finishing the day strongly with two bullets to take third.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Finn
After three races in the Lasers, double world champion and fresh from a third placing at the recent European Championships in Tallinn, Tom Slingsby of Australia opened his Kieler Woche campaign with three bullets, thoroughly relishing the strong breeze. Simon Grotelüschen (GER) holds second, one point ahead of Michael Leigh of Canada in the118 boat fleet.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Laser
The top of the leader board in the Laser Radials is very tight, Tatiana Drozdovska (BLR) holds a slender lead over Alberte Holm Lindberg (DEN) with fellow Dane Sarah Gunni in third.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings - Laser Radial
The 24 Match Racing Teams sailed late into the evening to complete their opening rounds of the competition. Results will be updated on day two of Kieler Woche on Sunday.
The final regatta of the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup is Skandia Sail for Gold Regattta in Weymouth, Great Britain from 9 -14 August.
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