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Torben Grael (BRA) 2001 Winner in the Star Class

Kieler Woche
Kiel

Each year more than 5,000 sailors and approximately 2,000 dinghies and offshore yachts from 50 nations take part in the sailing event on Kiel’s outer fjord.
From 22 June to 30 June 2002, Kieler Woche will live up to its reputation as the biggest sailing regatta in the world. The world elite of sailing sport, from the up and coming sailors in Europe to experienced sea sailors come together for this rendezvous to the provincial capital of Schleswig-Holstein.

For many years the first part of Kieler Woche regattas has been reserved for the international boat classes. For the first time, 15 instead of 14 classes will make their way to the start line from 22 to 30 June. New this year is the up and coming Laser Radial class, which promises to have a large number of entries. In addition, each year there is an attractive class in the free rotation, this year the A-Cat.

For the first time in 120 years Kieler Woche, the handicapped sailors will start in the 2.4mR class at the official regattas. "It is an important step that sailors, handicapped or nor, finally come together." says Sydney-Paralympics winner and world champion Heiko Kröger who initiated this step. With other World and Europe champions he will be fighting for the Kieler Woche medals.

The Olympic classes racing begins tommorrow. Kieler Woche has attracted many of the worlds top sailors, including five times World Champion and Olympic Medallist Robert Scheidt (BRA), 2000 Olympic Star Gold Medallists Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA) and 2000 Paralympic Gold Medallist Heiko Kroeger (GER).

You can find the results from last years Kieler Woche on the ISAF website.

260 boats are expected at the offshore races (22 to 30 June). For the very first time more than 10 "Twelves" will compete. Kiel takes advantage of this former America's Cup class as the next venue for an exciting comparison, directly after the un-official European Championships in Flensburg. In the mean time the rendezvous of the classic ships has become an integral part of the program on the inner fjord, including the "Twelves" and offers them a worthy welcome with a sophisticated program on land. Welcome to the biggest sailing event in the world, welcome to Kieler Woche 2002.
Kieler Woche Press/News Editor
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