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Forty-five years after it was built to host the 1972 Olympic Regatta, Keil Schilksee remains host to one of the best-known regattas on the planet
monster mashJust around summer solstice the Baltic Sea will once again draw the full attention of the sailing world. When the legendary Kiel Week opens on 17 June it will not only be one huge waterfront festival for approximately three million visitors from all around the globe. More importantly, at its heart, one of the biggest regattas worldwide will now be revitalised with a programme finally befitting its former fame.
Main picture: While Kiel maintains its reputation as a core event for Olympic classes like the Men’s and Women’s 470 it is also a very important regatta in terms of underpinning the strength of the many other dinghy and keelboat classes that are popular around the Baltic and which also compete at the event. Adding yet another dimension this year Kieler Woche plays host to the 2017 Para Sailing World Champ -ionship. And then there are the offshore and big boat races… all held in the same period!
‘Kiwo’, as Kieler Woche is often dubbed, has seen all the big names at the startline over the years – from recent superstars like Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49er class and America’s Cup team leader Ben Ainslie, to Robert Scheidt, Jochen Schümann, Torben Grael and Dennis Conner, to name just a few.
Kiel has always been one of those go-to events on the sailing calendar: you simply had to race and better still win here in the usually windy and variable waters off former Olympic playground Kiel-Schilksee at the entrance to the Kiel fjord.
The Notice of Race for the 135th edition boasts a variety and relevance rarely seen before. It includes, among others, the first competition in the new Nacra 15 class, the 29er Eurocup, the European Sailing Series of the Melges 24 and the Para World Sailing Cup – along with the full line-up of Olympic classes. The sheer quality of the event underlined not least by the excellent live video coverage made possible with the help of premium partner Audi.
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