It was a very mixed bag of weather for Day 4 of Kieler Woche (Kiel Week). After a long and sunny delay waiting for some breeze to fill in, the 49er FX and Nacra 17 catamarans eventually got out on the water for some late afternoon racing.
In the Nacra 17 catamarans, Paul Kohlhoff and Carolina Werner pulled through to their customary lead by the top of the first windward leg. But at the top of the final windward leg, the Germans fell out of the best breeze and could only watch as the fast charging Argentineans – Nahuel Martinez & Eugenia Bosco – surged past in stronger wind from the left-hand side. It was a race-winning move by the South American team, relegating the usually dominant Germans to second at the finish.
While the Dutch team of Annemieke Bekkering and Daniel Bramervaer have a good lead in the 49er FX fleet, today was a chance for other teams to shine. Leonie Meyer and Elena Stoffers took the lead of race 10, but the chasing Dutch used the leeward gate to force a split up the final windward leg.
When the Dutch and Germans converged, it was neck and neck. But Meyer liked the look of a gust on the left, and at the next cross the Germans had re-established a comfortable lead. Meyer and Stoffers would win that race, and the one after, to move up to 2nd overall.
On Wednesday (23 June), it’s Medal Race day for all the Olympic classes.
The medal races scheduled for live TV coverage are:
- 11:00 – Laser Std. Men
- 11:50 – Nacra 17 Mix
- 12:35 – 49er men
- 13:20 – 49er FX women
Then on Thursday, it’s the start of part 2 of Kiel Week, with the chance for the Corinthian classes to appear on the live YouTube feed.
- Thursday 25 June: F18, Hobie 16 & A-Class catamarans
- Friday 26 June: Europe, Laser Radial & Laser 4.7 singlehanders
- Saturday 27 June: 29er and 420 doublehanders
- Sunday 28 June: RS800 and Musto Performance Skiffs
Highlights of 2015 Kieler Woche – Day 4