Faltering start

The light winds continue to disrupt sailing in Europe as Kiel Week loses races on the first day

Monday June 19th 2006, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs. Angela Merkel, opened Kiel Week officially on Saturday 17 June, 2006, and wished over 5000 competitors from 50 nations fair races and good sailing during the 124th anniversary of Kiel Week.

However, at the Olympic Sailing Center, Kiel Schilksee, the teams of the 16 International Classes (Hobie 16, Formula 18, Beneteau 25, FD, 505, Dragon, H-Boat, Europe, Contender, OK-Dinghy, Folkeboat, J24, Pirate, Laser Radial Men, 420 and 29er) were forced to stay ashore and wait for some breeze on Saturday but none arrived.

Today, Sunday, the Kiel Yacht Club Race Committee tried their best to lay courses on the eight race areas after a light thermal South-Easterly force three reached the Kiel Fjord around noon, changing to North-West later in the afternoon.

Only the 29er fleet, with 52 participating teams, finished two races. Mikko Kotamles and Robert Haapanen (FIN) won the first race, while Benjamin Friedhoff and Johanna Munding, GER were first over the line in the second race.

Tomorrow’s start will be one hour earlier than advertised to try and make up for the missed races. The forecast is for six to ten knots and the Race Committee is hoping for three races in all classes.

Results are not yet available.

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