No Wind at Kiel

A frustrating day for most, but better weather forcast tomorrow

Friday June 24th 2005, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
Kiel Week organisers announced start postponements up from 9.30 hours this morning, and finally decided to let the competitors sail out to their race courses; only the Tornado, 49er, and Mistral board fleets stayed ashore due to lack of minimum wind speed.

Only the 470 Men and Women and Laser Radial competitors started and finished one race after midday with long, hot and tiresome hours on the water. The remaining Classes Star, Laser, Finn and 2.4 Paralympic keelboats came back to port, most of the competitors being disappointed and frustrated because of the second day with lack of wind and cancelled races.

Paige Railey, USA leads the Laser Radial W fleet after seven races, followed by Karin Soederstroem, SWE in second position and Natalia Ivanova, RUS in third.

In the 470 Men's Class Matias Buhler and Marcos Lamas, ARG remain in first position after five races, with Mathew Belcher and Nick Behrens, AUS in second and Bart Peeters and Olivier Bakker, NED in third position. The leading team in the 470 Women's Class are the Australian girls Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson with the Germans Sabine Walter and Antje Struckat in second and Marcelien de Koniing and Lobke Berkhout, NED in third position after five races.

At today’s press conference Helena Lucas, GBR and Heiko Kroeger, GER represented the 2.4 Paralympic class. Helena is in preparation for her Olympic campaign in Beijing 2008 and raced in Hyeres and Miami successfully against the male dominated fleet. Here in Kiel she shares the lead in her class after six races with Heiko Kroeger and Thierry Schmitter, NED.

Robert Scheidt, BRA, multiple Laser Class winner of Kiel Week, announced his last year of Laser sailing, together with his Brazilian crew Bruno Prada he will be campaigning in the Star Class for the next Olympics. They competed in the Star Worlds in Buenos Aires successfully and train, whenever possible, against their country man Thorben Grael, but in 2006 Robert Scheidt will definitely concentrate on the strong international competition in the Star Class. As Thorben Grael committed himself to the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup Racing in future, Scheidt hopes for a good chance to represent their home country Brazil in Quiangdao.

Two German 49er crews informed the press about their 2008 Olympic campaign, Marcus Baur and Max Groy and the brothers Jan and Hannes Peckholt (haveng scored first in Hyeres this spring) have their mutual training base here in Kiel and later will compete in the German Olympic qualifications against each other.

At long last, good news for tomorrow. Kiel Week organisers and competitors are equally hopeful that June 25 will be a perfect race day on all courses, as the weather forecast promises winds of a force four to five.

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