What, where and when?
The Kieler Woche regatta in Germany is a traditional stop on the European circuit for the Olympic classes. The Olympic events will be held in Part II of Kiel Week from 22-26 June.
Skiffs and catamarans. Olympic medallists and world champs John Gimson and Anna Burnet will take on the Nacra 17 fleet. There’s three British pairs to look out for in the FX with Freya Black & Saskia Tidey, Megan Brickwood & Steph Orton and Hannah Bristow & Anna Carpenter all on the start line. James Peters & Fynn Sterritt will be taking on the 49ers alongside Nick Robins & Dan Budden from the BST and Arran Holman & James Taylor from the British Sailing Squad.
Kieler Woche offers an opportunity to ‘check-in’ and sharpen the racing skills after a block of training. The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17’s will be using the event as a warm-up for their upcoming Europeans in Aarhus at the start of July with similar conditions on offer and some strong international competition to contend with.
What they say:
“We are using this as a bit of a warm-up for our Europeans as the conditions are pretty similar to the conditions in Aarhus. We have been sailing in slightly warmer climates so it’s also good to get dialled in to some cooler conditions. The goal here is just to get into the type of racing we should get at the Europeans.” – John Gimson, Nacra 17
“Kiel is our first event on the new equipment which we got a couple of weeks ago so it’s a great opportunity for us to have a check in with that, as well as a warm-up for the Europeans which are coming up.” – Hannah Bristow, 49erFX
“We are aiming for a top ten finish here in what is a preparation for the Europeans and a test of all our processes we have been working on in training.
“Our training has been going well. We have been out in the Olympic venue in Marseille and had a warm-up regatta in the Netherlands, which, despite managing Fynn’s return from injury and some breakages, we had some signs that we were putting some really good race results in. So, we have a bit of confidence going into Kiel knowing we can finish higher up the fleet.” – James Peters, 49er
How do I follow the regatta?
The official website has all the results here. We will aim to keep you updated each day on results, and feature the best photos the event has to offer on the British Sailing Team social media channels.