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23 June 2014, 09:05 am
A Rough Start In Kiel
Tobias Schadewaldt (GER)
Tobias Schadewaldt (GER) back in the Laser

Kieler Woche 2014
Kiel, Germany

The start of the Kiel Week 2014 was just like what this event in Kiel is famous for - wet, cold, but also windy.
With waves up to two metres and gusts reaching 30 knots the crews were pushed hard in a test of their strengh and fitness.

The Laser was the only class to sail on both of the opening days and have completed their five race qualifying series to decide the gold and silver fleet split. Karl-Martin Rammo (EST) leads overall on six points ahead of Viktor Teply (CZE). Both sailors are counting four top three results but discard a high score so will be focussed on not making mistakes in the gold fleet racing. Tobias Schadewaldt who retuns to the Laser from a 49er campaign for London 2012. "Currently Philipp is much better. But why should this prevent me from trying it? First of all it is about having fun and try to make it to Rio." said Schadewaldt.

Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) and Lisa Fasselt (GER) dominated the top of the Laser Radial fleet with each of them posting a first and a second. In third after two races is Pauline Liebig (GER) on eight points.

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) brought home two victories on day one to lead the men's 470 fleet ahead of Jasper Wagner and Dustin Baldewin (GER). In the women's fleet, another German crew, Annina Wager and Elisabeth Panuschka are also lying in wait in second place but tied on points with overnight leaders Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT).

Viktor Teply (CZE), Filippo Baldassari (ITA) and Mads Bendix (DEN) are all tied on six points at the top of the Finn fleet.

The conditions were tough for the skiff and Nacra17 fleets with many teams not completing the programme. Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) continue their fine form in the Nacra to lead after two races ahead of Lorenzo Bressani and Giovanna Micol (ITA). Jenna Mai Hansen and Kaja Salskov-Iversen (DEN) lead the 49erFX wihile David Evans and Ed Powys (GBR) lead the 49er.

In the open 2.4mR fleet, Heiko Kroeger (GER) leads with a perfect 1,1 scoreline.

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Hermann Hell (As Amended by ISAF)
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