Finally good breeze

The last day of International class racing at Kiel Week saw some good breeze at last

Wednesday June 21st 2006, Author: Hermann Hell, Location: United Kingdom
Finally today, Tuesday, Kiel Week offered a good SW force three to four to all competitors of the 16 International classes.

The Race Committee on the eight courses tried hard to start as many races as possible per course, thus catching up on the rather “slow days” out on the Baltic over the last weekend. However, the intention of letting the top ten sail a final race after about 10 qualifying races was dismissed by the Race Committee as no International Class sailed more than six races during the last three days.

The 29er fleet enjoyed the fresh breeze and sailed four more races in Schilksee Bay, Benjamin Friedhoff and J. Munding (GER) successfully defended their lead and won their first “Kieler Woche” trophy. Nathalie Keller and Moritz von Werdt (SUI) took second place, closely followed by N. Hollenbeck and M. Kreutzmann (GER.)

The 420 Class sailed in 3 groups and really needed today’s better wind conditions to determine the three best scoring crews. S. Baur and K. Berggren (GER) took first place, closely followed by C. Bossard and M. Lurneau (FRA) in second. K. Mueller and S. Boschert (GER) round out the top three in third place. The Race Committee withdrew yesterday’s decision, - the Kiel Week overall results will count as qualification for the Class World Championship.

On course Golf the Men's Laser Radial fleet finished their event. D. Baldewein (GER) took victory with M. Roessner (GER) second and Tim Voigt (GER) third.

Formula 18s and Hobie 16s enjoyed speed and fun on the outer race course area. M. Huang and P.Q. Chung (SIN) won the Hobie 16 fleet closely followed by D. Mohr and J. Wegener (GER) in second. Third overal were J. Goritz and S. Monreal (GER.) In the Formula 18s, the brothers C and H Sach (GER) took victory by a fair distance. Second were A. John and S. Hahn (GER,) with A. Bredendiek and N. Fröhmer (GER) coming in, in third place.

The Dragons had a rough ride with some strong current on course Delta, when rounding a mark several Dragons caused heavy damage to their hulls in a port starboard incident. First place in the Dragon fleet went to T. Mueller, V. Hoesch and M. Scheibmeier (GER.) Second went to A and P. Kadelbach and F. Butzmann (GER,) rounding off the top three were J. Bendix, J. Groenbech and L. Christensen (DEN.)

OK Dinghies, Europe and Contender are still racing, prospective winners of the Kiel Week are the following competitors: Europe: Teemu Rantanen (FIN.) Contender: Andrea Bonezzi (ITA.) OK Dinghies: Gunter Arndt (GER)

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