Kick-off to the 128th "Kiel Week": Sailing regattas start

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Kick-off to the 128th “Kiel Week”: Sailing regattas start

Kiel Week

Spectators watch the windjammer parade of Kiel Week in 2020 on Falkensteiner Strand. Photo: Frank Molter/dpa/archive image

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The 128th “Kiel Week” has started in summer weather with a full sailing program. The first of a total of around 4000 participants competed in 42 races on the sea lanes and in the dinghy classes. The opening of the sailing competitions was celebrated in the Olympic Center in Kiel-Schilksee by Mayor Hans-Werner Tovar and Mayor Ulf Kampfer with the six medal winners of the Olympic Games in Japan, Dirk Ramhorst, head of sports at Kieler Woche, and Wolfram Diener, head of Messe Düsseldorf.

The 128th “Kiel Week” has started in summer weather with a full sailing program. The first of a total of around 4000 participants competed in 42 races on the sea lanes and in the dinghy classes. The opening of the sailing competitions was celebrated in the Olympic Center in Kiel-Schilksee by Mayor Hans-Werner Tovar and Mayor Ulf Kampfer with the six medal winners of the Olympic Games in Japan, Dirk Ramhorst, head of sports at Kieler Woche, and Wolfram Diener, head of Messe Düsseldorf.

«The highlight for me will be the windjammer parade. I will be on board the Gorch Fock. It’s finally possible again,” said Kampfer. Regarding the unloading of the Russian naval ships from the “Kiel Week”, he said: “Russia has decided to exclude itself from the world community. We can therefore not pretend during the ‘Kieler Woche’ that nothing happened.”

At the same time, the athletes in ten international classes started on seven lanes. As early as 9 a.m., Seebahn boss Ralf Paulsen sounded the first sound signal of the Kiel Week with the announcement of the opening race for the big keel boats.

After two years of Corona postponement to September, Germany’s most famous regatta series will be held again on its regular date, the third full week of June.

One of the most frequently asked questions at the beginning of the nine-day world’s largest regatta series was: “Where is hunger?” Record winner Wolfgang Hunger, who won the Kieler Woche 24 times on his own doorstep in Strande, is doomed to spectate this year after the temporary end for his prime discipline 505s. “It’s a shame, especially when the sailing weather is as nice as it is today. But I have hope of a comeback next year, »said the 61-year-old.

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