Sunshine and 20 degrees marked a typical summers day in Northern Germany yesterday as light breezes meant only a few classes could race. Eventually only four of the Olympic classes at the Grade 1 event managed to start.
The 49ers, Europe, Yngling and Laser all finished one race on three courses, starting around 1400 as the remainder of the fleet remained in harbour in anticipation of more breeze building today.
ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the year attended yesterday's press conference and spoke of their careers and schedules building up to the Olympic Games in Athens next year.
Finn sailor Ben AINSLIE's (GBR) trophies include almost all Laser championships and titles over the last 8 years. Since 2002 Ben has been sailing the Finn Class and continued winning top events like the Worlds and Europeans in 2002 and earlier this year.
Greece's top 470-Women team Sofia BEKATOROU - Emilia TSOULFA aim for Olympic Gold in their home country. As professionals they definitely set the right "course", and have consistently finished well over the last three years "Go for Gold" is their motto, and as members of the Greek Army they have the full support of their government, their federation, coaches and sponsor "Eurobank". The Olympic Regatta in Piraeus will hopefully offer good sea breeze, and all the Greek competitors are well prepared to win several medals for their host country.
Full results from Kiel are available on the event website at the address below.