Races desperately needed

Competitors at Kiel week need more races to constitute a series.

Tuesday June 20th 2006, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
Tropical temperatures and fluky winds prevailed on Kiel Fjord today, Monday. Thunder storms and gusts are expected later in the evening, and the KYC Race Committee was eager to organize any possible races on the eight race courses, trying to make up for the windless last two days in Kiel.

For the competitors in all classes as well as the Race Committee it turned out to be another frustrating day. Most classes managed to sail just one race this leaves just one more day to complete the race schedule of part one of Kiel Week, the International Classes programme.

The Dragon Class (34 teams) finished one race today, and after two races overall Bernd Zirkelbach (SUI) leads with six points overall; Achim Kadelbach (GER) follows in second position with eight points, and the German team Dr. Manuel Cadmus in third position on 12 points.

Occasional puffs of wind were experienced by the Europe, Contender and OK-Dinghy on course Foxtrot. Overall leader in the Europe Class is Teemu Rantanen (FIN) on 56 points, followed by Christian Rindom (DEN) in second place on 65 points and Viktor Teply (CZE) in third position on 68 points.

The leader of 48 strong Contender fleet is, at present, Karsten Kraus (GER) followed by Rene Heynen (NED) in second and Michael Koch (GER) in third.

The 27 participating entries in the OK are currently being led by two German teams, Gunter Arndt and Andreas Pich are first and second respectively. Third position is currently held by Thomas Hansson-Mild from Sweden.

The Men's Laser Radial fleet raced in the area of Kiel Lighthouse, but here again only one race could be finished today. The fleet is currently led by Dustin Baldewein (GER) on seven points, followed by Maximilian Roessner (GER) on ten points and Tim Voigt (GER) on 13 points overall.

The Danish Team helmed by Jan Saugmann leads the 505 fleet with seven points overall, followed by Dirk Filimonow (GER) ten points behind in second and Lars Baehr, (GER) in third. On the same course the Flying Dutchman sailed their third race today. The event favorite Jorgen Bojsen-Moller leads the fleet of 32 FDs, followed by Szabolcs Majthenyl (HUN) and Joerg Witte (GER.)

The huge 420 fleet finished two races today, however, the International Class Association decided to skip Kiel Week results as qualification for the Class World Championship due to the lack of wind and unfair conditions during the event. First place team after two races is Oliver Neukirchen (GER,) second is Pauline Courtois (FRA) and third is currently Katja Mueller (GER.)

In the 29er Class the German team Benjamin Friedhoff is leading, followed by Nathalie Keller (SUI) and Niklas Jepsen (GER) rounds off the podium after four races.

According to the Sailing Instructions a minimum of four races in each class is required to constitute a regatta. Consequently, the race organisation and all competitors are hoping for better wind conditions tomorrow.

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