More than 5000 sailors from over 50 nations are expected to be racing at the 128th edition of Kieler Woche from 19 - 27 June.
During the ten days of the regatta about 400 starts will take place by 2000 boats on ten race courses.
From 19 - 23 June the sixth regatta of the ISAF Sailing World Cup includes all classes of the Olympic Sailing Competition and the Paralympic class 2.4R. Additionally another 15 International classes will be racing from 24 - 27 June.
Here in Kiel on their home waters, the German sailors want to show that they are part of the international high-class competition and gain valuable ranking points towards the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
49er sailors, Lennart Briesenick-Pudenz
and Morten Massmann
and RS:X surfer Moana Delle
will be defending their titles. Both were the German Kieler Woche gold medallists in 2009.
'It was an overwhelming feeling to win in Kiel. It was our first World Cup victory and that in our home waters. We will never forget the medal race which had the best conditions for sailors and the audience alike,'
Lennart Briesenick-Pudenz remembers looking back emotionally.
"Sure it was a great feeling, It is always lovely to win a regatta and if it happens at home it is even better,"
remembers Moana Delle. One of her biggest competitors will be Sydney silver medallist Amelie Lux who is planning her comeback for 2012.
Sailing and even more sailing
"In order to let the classes sail as much as possible we abstained from any limitations concerning the maximum amount of races per day and series,'"
said Jobst Richter, Chairman of the Kieler Woche races..
Kiel has sufficient space available on the water. With ten racing areas each class will be allocated its own area so that consequently the number of races will only be determined by wind and weather conditions.
Welcome Race 2010
Many offshore sailors have been waiting for it and a very happy Eckhard von der Mosel, Chairman of Kieler Woche Offshore Committee announced the positive outcome of the negotiations: After four years of abstinence the first offshore race of Kieler Woche 2010 will again be from Kiel to Eckernförde and back.
"The many spinnakers on the Kiel Fjord as well as the crowded harbour of Eckernförde - these are the pictures that the world associates with the beginning of Kieler Woche,"
said the offshore chairman passionately.
New Offshore Concept
Besides the long-distance offshore events, Kieler Woche will also offer a completely new concept for One-Design yachts. Especially smaller boats such as Melges 24, J-80 and Laser SB3 prefer short ways to the race area with many fast races rather than long or mid-distance races starting on the Inner Fjord. This race area on the Outer Fjord will be available during the ISAF Sailing World Cup part of the regatta (19-24 June) for offshore One-Design yachts which also include the X-99, X-79, Streamline and Albin Express. At the same time the X-99 class has chosen the new concept to compete for North European Championship, as did Streamline with its German Cup.
Regatta Dates Kieler Woche 2010
19 - 23 June ISAF Sailing World Cup
(Men and Women's 470, 49er, 2.4mR open, Women's Matchrace/Elliott 6m, Finn, Laser, Women's Laser Radial, Men and Women's RS:X and Star)
24 - 27 June: International Classes
(29er, 420, 505, Contender, Dragon, Europe, Flying Dutchman, Folkeboat, Formula 18, H-Boat, Hobie 16, J 24, Kielzugvogel, OK-Dinghy, Platu 25)
19 - 20 June: Welcome Race from Kiel to Eckernförde and back (ORCi, ORC-Club)
19 - 23 June: Kiel-Cup Foxtrott (Albin Express, CB 66, J-80, Laser SB3, Melges 24, Streamline, X-79, X-99)
21 - 23 June Kiel-Cup Alpha (ORCi) / German Open (Inshore)
23 June: Kaiserpokal (final race of all Kiel-Cup groups)
24 - 25 June: Silbernes Band, long-distance (ORCi, ORC-Club)
26 June: Senatspreis, short-distance (ORCi, ORC-Club)
For further information visit www.kieler-woche.de
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