Every year, in the last week of June, more than three million people from 70 countries visit the biggest summer festival in northern Europe. In 2009, Kieler Woche will be even more special as one of seven events included in the first ever ISAF Sailing World Cup, the new annual series for Olympic sailing.
Water is the source of Kiel's identity. Founded on the protected firth in the middle ages, expanding to a maritime location with the navy and shipyards and successfully achieving international recognition through the Kieler Woche, to this day, water remains the definitive element for the northern Land Capital Kiel.
Needless to say, this is even more the case during the Kieler Woche. Sailors in uniform have always been an integral part of the image of this international festival. The navy is not only indispensable for the organization of the festival week, but is also a host of international calibre. Destroyers, frigates, corvettes, high-speed launches and mines-weepers from all over the world will be mooring in Kiel's Tirpitz Harbour for the great meeting of fleets.
Welcome to Kieler Woche, one of the greatest sailing events in the world and the largest summer festival in northern Europe. Now in its 127th edition, the 2009 Kieler Woche will also be one of seven events in the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup.
In order to be entitled to press IDs, admission cards or invitations journalists are required to be accredited. Only professional journalists carrying official press cards or official editorial assignments will be accredited.
From May 2009 on please apply for your accreditation on the Kieler Woche website - www.kieler-woche.de - and present your identity card or passport upon collecting your press ID.
About the ISAF Sailing World Cup
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to launch at the end of 2008 bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sports calendar. The World Cup will be open to the sailing events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Incorporating existing major events, the series will kick off with Sail Melbourne, Australia in December 2008, followed by the Rolex Miami OCR, USA; the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain; Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France; the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the Netherlands; Kieler Woche, Germany; and Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain.