We are only at the start of the 2022 season but the major international regattas are already deploying their event programs.
Kiel Week, which has struggled with Covid restrictions for the past two seasons, is back to a full schedule. . . with 8 Olympic disciplines, 15 international classes including world championship, gold and European cup events as well as offshore sailing are the highlights of Kiel Week 2022.
After two pandemic-related postponements to September, the sailing mecca is back to its traditional June date in the summer and hopes there will be no or as few restrictions and limitations as possible due to COVID- 19.
The optimistic aspect of this Kiel week is to provide the “old” sailing and event feeling last experienced in 2019.
The numbers and duration of the races for Kiel week are incredible.
From June 18 to 26, the organizers of the Kieler Yacht-Club and their partners are expecting up to 4,500 sailors from more than 50 nations.
Starting with the international part (June 18-21) over a total of nine courses including the 2.4 meter, Contender, Europe, Finn, FD, ILCA 4 and ILCA 6 (open m/w) as well as the OK dinghy and outwit Waszp.
And then from Wednesday June 22, the Olympic classes (without kites) with their races for the medals which will be broadcast live on the last day (June 26) on the TV track near the shore in front of the Olympic Sailing Center in Kiel-Schilksee.
World Sailing has kept this period away from other top Olympic sailing, so it will be interesting to see how many potential sailors from the UK Paris 2024 Olympic team make it to Kiel. . . there seems to be little international action for them in the UK.
At the same time, the international Musto Skiffs come to Kiel for their 11th world championship and from June 23 the 420, J/24 and J/70 will be racing.
On top of all that dinghy and inshore keelboat action, the offshore boats start with the Aalregatta on Saturday 18th June.
This decades-old trademark race starts on Saturday morning in the inner fjord of Kiel and ends at the Sailing Club Eckernfoerde with smoked eel.
After the return race on Sunday, the three-day Kiel Cup will feature only two races per day instead of three. The first will be an uphill and downhill course of approximately two hours; the second will take three and a half hours around the cans of Kiel Bay.
Another new trend that is included in Kiel Week this year is the Senatspreis for doubles runners on Thursday June 23.
Surveys have shown that recreational enjoyment is at the top of the requirements, along with sporting value.
The festivities around the Schilksee event area, which was attended by around 80,000 guests and sailing enthusiasts in 2021, even with the Covid rules then in place, will be no less joyful in this 140th year of Kiel Week, 50 years after the 1972 Olympics sailing competitions at Schilksee.
The Notice of Race is available here. . . (pdf)
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