Multiple championships at Travemuende Week 2011

Moths and Tornados will form part of next July's monster line-up

Monday November 29th 2010, Author: Andreas Kling, Location: Germany

Luebeck Bay has long been known as a superb venue for sailing championships, but the 122nd edition of Travemuende Week taking place over 22 to 31 July 2011 looks set to amaze more than a million regular visitors.

Four World and four European title champinoships, plus further German and regional championships will make this regatta a truly international gathering of top sailors. Travemuende Week will also be the perfect venue for the birthday of a grand old lady, as Travemuende’s famous landmark, the four-masted barque Passat, will be celebrating her 100th birthday next year.

A little younger, but still an enjoyable sight for all lovers of classic sailing, is the 68-year-old, long keel Folkboat class, which will be one of the many attractions to look forward to. Around 80 crews and their boats are expected, sailing for the Gold Cup in the Folkboat World Championship from 24 to 29 July.

The Folkboats will be only one of the international highlights of Travemuende Week this summer. The regatta will host the World Championship of the International Canoe over 23 to 30 July with a fleet of a similar size. This wobbly design, with its unique sliding seat, enjoys great popularity –especially in North America.

Around 30 young teams are expected to contest for the world title in the Laser II class over 23 to 29 July. The set-up of this two-man dinghy is much easier to handle than on the slightly bigger Olympic 470, but it is just as much fun to sail and has great speed potential. There will be ten race courses in the Luebeck Bay, including the re-opened race course ‘Echo’, close to the Brodten shore, for the Laser II class.

The 49ers are celebrating a ‘junior’ world premiere at Travemuende. For the first time, there will be a World Championship for the under-23 year olds in the Olympic skiff taking place over 24-31 July.

“The growing number of young sailors now has made the 49er also a World Youth Championship class,” explains Heiko Thoelmann from Hamburg, President of the German class association. “This World Championship thus provides a chance for the young sailors to sail without having to compete against the ‘old hands’ of the Olympic scene. This will be a big event at the Travemuende Week.”

Another class contesting its European Championship at Travemuende Week is probably the most spectacular design in the dinghy world – the International Moth, racing over 25 to 30 July. In recent years this open design class has emerged as a real rocket ship with its hydrofoils, flying above the water on their centreboard and rudder wings.

The Europe dinghies, originally related to the Moths, but a separate class for the last 40 years, will also arrive in large numbers in Travemuende. 80 girls and 80 boys are expected to be on the start line for the European Youth Championship taking place over 25 to 29 July. The European Championships for the J/22 keelboats over 23-26 July are also expected to attract strong entries, especially from competitive Dutch teams and sailors from Germany's Baltic coast. The Javelin class Europeans completes the program of continental title matches.

The Tornado class demonstrates its loyalty to and preference for Travemuende Week by hosting its 2011 World Championship at the event. The catamarans’ International German Championship will also take place in Luebeck Bay next year. The Tornado class is hoping to be approved as a mixed class at the Brazil 2016 Games after the vote for the re-entry for multihulls in the Olympic program at the ISAF annual conference in Athens, Greece. And the fast catamarans are certain to provide a real spectacle during their races on the Trave. As in 2010, the races will be held close to the promenade on the river Trave, giving the public a ringside view and once again making a great addition to the racing festival.

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