Kiel Week record 2018 : More than 1.900 boats registered !
From Kiel to Aarhus and Enoshima -
Moorings are reaching their capacity limits. "All in all we are talking about a record number of 1900 registered boats from about 60 nations. This is great", said the Head of Organization of the Kiel Week Regattas, Dirk Ramhorst, on Monday at the third press conference before the event in the imperial hall ("Kaisersaal") of the Kiel Yacht Club. Registration numbers are on the one hand a feedback for the good work in the previous years, "but we also are aware of the tail wind we are receiving from the Worlds in Aarhus", stated Ramhorst.
More than 4000 active sailors want to prove their abilities in Kiel.
The Olympic classes are set up with international and top-
Above all the teams from overseas, from countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the USA also use Kiel as a general trial for the Worlds in Aarhus taking place five weeks later.
For the German National Team it is in the end about qualifying to participate in Denmark.
With the World Championship of the Laser Radial Men, the Eurosaf European Para Sailing Championship, the big boat regatta "Aalregatta", the worldwide first event of the Women’s Campions League and the start of the Nord Stream Race, the Kiel Week again has many high-
"The completion of the Kiel Week with one to two special events is our clear strategy. We are making up our mind to bring the right highlights to Kiel", explained Ramhorst the integration of World Championships for a further upgrade of the Kiel Week.
More than 4,000 regatta participants, 1900 boats, more than 400 starts, active sailors from about 60 nations, 42 classes/disciplines, ten race courses on nine days -
The innovations in the surroundings and ashore also fit to this huge event which is happening on the water during the Kiel Week:
The new RFID system (radio frequency identification) will provide more safety. Each crew checks out, when going on the water, and checks in, when they are back ashore. And the cooperation with the new supporter Remonds will improve the sustainability. No straws, waste separation, fast degradable coffee cups and on-
The Kiel Week is above all pure sailing. Even before Federal President Frank-
"We are happy, that the German Sailors Association DSV is setting up the qualification races at the Kiel Week. It demonstrates the close alliance between Kiel and the DSV", said Dirk Ramhorst.
Since the occurrence of the 49er FX, the Olympic skiff class has a strong fleet in Germany. The Olympic team from the DSV brings two strong teams to Kiel with Victoria Jurczok/Anika Lorenz (VSaW/Berlin), who finished on rank nine at the Olympics in Rio, and the reigning European Champions Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke (Chiemsee YC/Kiel). The fight of the German teams for rank three and four promises to be an exciting one.
But first of all it is about the Kiel Week victory. The competitors fighting to win the title are stronger than in the previous years. "The fleet will be stronger than at the Europeans. Many are coming to the Kiel Week and then continue on to Aarhus, where the Worlds will take place at the beginning of August. This year we have a Kiel Week, that is just as strong as the Worlds", Susann Beck is looking at the Kiel Week regattas. Lutz/Beucke could already win the Kiel Week twice. Will the third victory follow? "That would of course be awesome, especially at home! It is always great to win the Kiel Week. The interest of the media is huge, and then it makes just twice as much fun to be on the top", said the sailor from Strande.
For the international position check in this class, silver medal winners from Rio and third at the World Championship, Alex Maloney/Molly Meech (New Zealand), and Annemiek Bekkering/AnnetteDuetz (the Netherlands), who finished the Olympics on rank seven, will also show up. The schedule for Lutz/Beucke is already set: Win the Kiel Week, get the national ticket for Enoshima (Japan/ eight out of 21 will be going) in Aarhus, and then win the German knock-
In the 49er fleet, the bronze medal winners from Rio, Erik Heil/Thomas Ploessel (NRV), are the number one in Germany. And together with their training partners and friends Justus Schmidt/Max Boehme (KYC/Kiel), they are a perfect quartet, which is already for Aarhus. Unfortunately the university studies are preventing Justus Schmidt and Max Boheme from fully concentrating on the Olympic campaign. Max Boehme cannot start due to an important exam for his medical studies in Poland. But since five German 49er crews will be allowed to start in Aarhus, the two crews from the Olympic team are already set. The German junior sailors will be fighting for the places three to five for the Worlds.
Jonas Warrer/Christian Peter Luebeck (Denmark), who became fourth at the Olympics ,Yano and Klaus Lange (Argentina), rank seven at the Olympics, as well as Ryan Seaton/Matt McGrovern (Ireland), who were on rank ten, are among the favourites in Kiel. Altogether 89 crews from 27 nations will be starting in Kiel.
Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort (Kiel) want to repeat their victory in the 470. The two 24 year old sailors did win Gold in Kiel in the Olympic two-
The men are also looking at participating in the Olympics in 2020. Eight of the 19 nation’s tickets for Japan will be also granted at the Worlds in Aarhus. Two favourite crews starting at the qualifier races for the Worlds in Kiel can be easily found looking at Simon Diesch/Philipp Autenrieth (Wuerttembergischer YC/Bayerischer YC) as well as the bronze medal winners at the Europeans Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra (Schweriner Yacht-
But the German top sailors will be looking at strong competitors. None other than silver medal winner from Rio and multiple World Champion Mathew Belcher will be showing up again with his crew Will Ryan (Australia), almost a tradition already. And on top, Stuart MacNay/David Hughes (USA), who finished on rank four at the Olympic Games, as well as Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstroem (Schweden), who recently won the European Championship and became sixth at the Olympics. Altogether 55 crews from 20nations will be starting in Kiel.
In the Nacra17, there will be granted three tickets for the Worlds after the Kiel Week, in the Laser Standard four, five in the Finn and six in the Laser Radial. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen), Olympic participant, who became fourth at the Worlds, is already set in the Laser. Buhl can compete in Kiel against the Croatian sailor Tonci Stipanovic (Silver in Rio) and 129 further sailors.
In the Finn, Max Salminen (Schweden/sixth at the Olympics) and the new European Champion Edward Wright (GBR) are probably setting the mark, where Phillip Kasueske and Max Kohlhoff (both living in Kiel) have to prove their abilities.
In the Laser Radial, Svenja Wegner is the German number one. But the European Champion from 2014 has a row of German talents chasing her. The third at the Olympics, Anna-
Johannes Polgar/Carolina Werner (Audi e-
Both crews will very likely qualify for Aarhus in Kiel. In comparison with the international sailors, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin (Australia / second at the Olympics), Olympic bronze medal winner Thomas Zajac from Austria with his new crew Barbara Math and JasonSaunders/Gemma Jonas from New Zealand (rank four at the Olympics) are the measuring stick. Even Nathan Outteridge (Australia) will be starting at the Kiel Week. But the six-
Apart from three-
Asking Christiane Waldmann about the advantages of a trimaran and precisely about those of the Dragonfly, you can expect long exciting speeches. "A trimaran is not heeling over, will be lying with five degrees on the leeward hull, is using the whole pressure for speed and accelerating at lightning speed. Our maximum speed is around 18.7 kn. With ten knots of wind or above, we always did overtake each 40 feet yacht. Those are just some of the endless arguments. So no wonder, that Christiane Waldmann has managed to get twelve trimarans from Germany, Denmark and Switzerland to Kiel to participate at the Kiel Week.
For the sailor from Gettorf it was clear, that she wanted to sail the Kiel Week. "I have already sailed the Welcome Race on an Albin Ballad just to be part of the Kiel Week. So it was clear, that we would register for the multihull class", said Waldmann. And the trimaran also brings the married couple together in the regattas. While Kai Seemann has successfully sailed many Kiel Weeks in the Formula18, Waldmann was on the monohull. "We both always enjoyed the speed, and my husband easily gets sick on a monohull", Waldmann is happy about the Kiel Week participation together with the "Flotten 3er".
Twelve trimarans and the foiling cat "intelligence" of the brothers Sach (Zarnekau) will be opening the Welcome Race on Saturday.
RFID bracelet to sign in and out:
Hold the bracelet in front of the reading station and the active sailor has checked in and out for the races. The organizers know, whether the athlete is participating in the race or safe back ashore. The so-
The first time, this technology has been used, was at the Young Europeans Sailing in Kiel, now it will be used at the Kiel Week (16. until 24. June)
and the Warnemuende Week (7. until 15. July) as well
as the Travemuende Week (20. until 29. July).
The technology for sender-
Every number of each RFID bracelet will be saved in manage2sail during the check-
The bracelets, produced from iDTRONIC, will be provided by the organizer in Kiel, the DSV and the SVG Service Verlag did bear the costs for production. The active sailor has to pay a deposit fee. It does not matter, whether the sailor returns the bracelet or is keeping it for the Warnemuende Week, the Travemuende Week or the future. It can there be shown at the check-
"The goal is to have every German sailor equipped with such a RFID bracelet to be able to log on and off at all German regattas", said Richter. The European or world-
The RFID bracelets are an example of many to demonstrate the innovations in Kiel. "Since 1972 it has been said: Do it like in Kiel. And exactly this is pushing us. Apart from the possibility to participate at the Kiel Week via eSailing, we will be providing an app for participants and the organization team, providing individual details about the daily program including information about possible protests or planned starts. In the next years we will continue to further extend the functionality and digitise further processes and thus for example make it paper-
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