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23 June 2003, 04:33 pm
International Classes Well Underway
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2003 Kieler Woche

The event is well underway for the international classes, national classes and offshore classes in Kiel at an event that has attracted over 60,000 participants for the next nine days of competition.
As well as hosting youth classes such as the Laser Radial, Hobie 16 and 420 (of which there are over 181 boats competing, there are a number of other international classes including 505's, Contenders, Flying Dutchmen, and OK's.

Due to the volume and number of classes competing in what is Germany's largest dinghy and keelboat combined regatta, the event has, for a number of years been split into three - the Olympic Classes start on Wednesday in what is for many classes the last ISAF Grade 1 event prior to the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cadiz in September.

In total, 49 nations are represented in Kiel this week and as well as the recognised dinghy and keelboat classes, the first inshore part of the Volvo Baltic Race is currently taking place before the 7 Volvo 60's head on their first offshore leg, 470 miles to Sandhanm, which starts tomorrow.

Each International class has now sailed upward of six races in their regatta, and full results are available on the event website at the address below.
ISAF News Editor (Source: Event Media)
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