Record winner Wolfgang Hunger with the jib Julien Kleiner
In the 127th year of the Kiel Week, Wolfgang Hunger fulfilled his last outstanding sailing wish. The victory was also his 17th success in the Strander Bay and thus the Kiel Week record - the highlight of this year's sailing competitions.
In addition, the catamaran sailors Detlef Mohr and Karen Wichardt (Hamburg) in the Hobie 16 and the brothers Helge and Christian Sach (Zarnekau) in the F18 ensured German successes, as did Contender ace Jan von der Bank (Eutin) and the Kielboot- Crews around Peer Kock (Hamburg) in the J 24 and Christoph Nielsen (Berlin, Folkeboote).
The staging at the SAP 505 EM could hardly have been better. The title race was open until the last Spigang, then the toughest hunger chasers Jan Saugmann / Morten Ramsbæk (Denmark) were drawn to the wrong side in an all-or-nothing action, and the way was clear for hungry / little ones made their dream of the title a reality with a win of the day at the end. They crossed the finish line with a thumbs up, and Julien Kleiner was beaming: "I was already German champion with Boris Herrmann, but this is my first international title."
Jan Saugmann couldn't hide his disappointment: "After winning the Pfingstbusch we had hoped for the European Championship, and when you're that close, of course you want more," said the silver medal winner, who won the 2007 World Championship had retracted. Third place went to the 16-time Kiel Week winners Jørgen and Jacob Bojsen-Møller from Denmark.
Helge and Christian Sach won the Formul18
There were beaming German faces in five other of the 14 international disciplines on the triangular tracks. Hobie ace Detlef Mohr has already won his eighth title on the fjord. Despite the clear lead, he didn't want to hear anything about an easy win: “On paper it looked easier than it actually was. The high waves in particular gave us a lot of trouble.”With an unexpected mistake, the Sach brothers made life difficult for themselves. Lying in the lead, they capsized in the weak wind due to a lack of concentration. "That happened to us the last time ten years ago in Sydney, so we had no more experience with lifting and had to work hard," said Helge helmsman. And bowman Christian dismissed all guilt with a smile: “I just went, I can't help it.” Until the last day, the Sachs had to run after their deficit, but with two daily victories they still managed a clear success.
Jan sailed from the bank quite relaxed to success. The script writer from Eutin recently took a long break to go on long journeys with his family and came to the Kieler Woche almost untrained: “But it's like riding a bike, you don't forget that. I also had a lot of fun and that is the most important thing. Anyone who is tense cannot ride in front. For me it works according to the principle: increasing pleasure through withdrawal."
Old, but powerful, on the other hand, was the motto of the J24 and the Folkebooten. Peer Kock achieved his J-24 maiden victory at the Kieler Woche with a 26-year-old ship: “But that doesn't matter in the class. The boat is absolutely competitive. We're just doing well at the moment. As European champions, we may have had an obligation to win before Kiel, so far we have often just failed,”said Kock.
Folk boat winner Christoph Nielsen and his crew
Christoph Nielsen and crew were even on the road with a 31 year old folk boat and they couldn't be beat. The team was particularly happy about the strong wind conditions: “We are happy that we sailed in these conditions. The Folkboat is almost made for this,”explained Nielsen, who is now packing his boat for transport to San Francisco. “We want to take part in a large invitation regatta there and show the US fleet how good we are. That's why we take our own boat with us. The transport is almost more expensive than the value of the boat, but it's worth it to us."
There was also half a German success in the dragon class. Munich's Markus Wieser had the bow here, but at the wheel of a Ukrainian boat. With two wins each, the Danes and French were the next successful nations. Peter Wibroe (Platu 25) and Steffen Stegger (H-Boot) brought home silver for their northern neighbor. Thomas Ribeaud (Europe) and Kevin Fischer (29er), on the other hand, took the trophies with them to France. The winners' medals in the 420 class for the Briton Philip Sparks and the Flying Dutchman for the Hungarian Majthenyi Szabolcs also stayed in Europe. Greg Wilcox, who triumphed in the OK dinghy, had a supposedly long way to go. In fact, the New Zealander has lived in Berlin for years, is active there as a sailmaker and has already proven his skills in various classes before Kiel.
Final score - international part:505er (8W): 1. Dr Wolfgang Hunger / Julien Kleiner (Strande) points 11, 2. Jan Saugmann / Morten Ramsbæk (DEN) 16, 3. Jorgen Bojsen-Moller / Jacob Bojsen-Moller (DEN) 16, 4. Jens Findel / Johannes Tellen (Kiel) 30, 5. Meike Schomäker / Holger Jess (Kiel) 30, 6. Ian Pinnell / Carl Gibbon (GBR) 34
Hobie 16 (6W): 1. Detlef Mohr / Karen Wichardt (Reinfeld) points 8, 2. Keunsoo Kim / Minjae Song (KOR) 14, 3. Knud Jansen / Merle Siebrecht (Kiel) 16, 4. Jens Goritz / Simone Monreal (Wyk / Föhr) 18, 5. Georg Backes / BarbarSiebrecht (Kiel) 26, 6. Jochen Sierck / Anke Delius (Kronshagen) 33, Formul18 (6W): 1. Helge Sach / Christian Sach (Zarnekau) points 6, 2. Andreas John / Sten Höpfner (Hamburg) 13, 3. Adam Skomski / Jakub Kopylowicz (POL) 15, 4. Justus Wolf / ReNies (Hamburg) 18, 5. Daniel Paysen / Nico Heinrich (Hamburg) 27, 6. Rübling Frank / Martin Bach (Oststeinbek) 29,
Europe (6W): 1. Thomas Ribeaud (FRA) points 5, 2. Sylvain Notonier (FRA) 11, 3. Marc Keene Pedersen (DEN) 21, 4. Moritz Kuralt (Essen) 28, 5. Jacob Nikolajsen (DEN) 35, 6. Monti Nicol (ITA) 35, OK dinghy (7W): 1. Greg Wilcox (NZL) points 12, 2. Karsten Hitz (Kiel) 25, 3. Oliver Gronholz (Kiel) 28, 4. Martin von Zimmermann (Hamburg) 30, 5. Antoni Pawlowski (POL) 53, 6. Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) 64, Contender (7W): 1. Jan von der Bank (Eutin) points 14, 2. Jacob Lunding (DEN) 16, 3. Sören Andreasen (DEN) 20, 4. Jens Langendorf (DEN) 21, 5. Christoph Homeier (Kiel) 30, 6. Marco Versari (ITA) 45, Folk boats (9W): 1. Christoph Nielsen / Krzystof Paschke / Torben Dehn (Berlin) points 11, 2. Ulf Kipcke / Gero Martens / Dieter Kipcke (Neumünster) 18, 3. Christian Thomsen / Claus Schou / Henrik Holk (DEN) 20, 4. Heines Nielsen / Helmuth Schwarz / Ole Mathiesen (DEN) 21, 5. Sönke Durst / Matthias Adomat / Karsten Butze Bredt (Mönkeberg) 24, 6. Walther Furthmann / Paul Girolstein / Hans-Christian Mrowk (Kiel) 43,
Platu 25 (9W): 1. Peter Wibroe / IdLaurent / Niels Kink / Chris Goldhammer / Hugge Hviid-Nielsen (DEN) points 12, 2. Mads Christensen / Michael Casparij / Anders Fisker / Alexander Recnitzer / Ulrik Andreasen (DEN) 16, 3. Daniel Nauck / Jörg Pilava / Conelius Heeschen / Jens Ole v. Studnitz / Thorben Nowak (Berlin) 22, 4. Lars Baehr / Moritz Stegmann / Stefan Ullrich / Hermann Müller / Felix Krabbe (Berlin) 29, 5. Thomas Sörensen / Bo Andersen / Garvin Grebe / Lars Kirk / Torben Kjelsmark / Thomas Sörensen (DEN) 29, 6. Reinhard Hübner / Helmar Nauck / Thomas Piesker / Bernd Jäkel / Steve Bärtle / Frank Barownick (Berlin) 33, J24 (9W): 1. Peer Kock / Markus Kleineidam / Ole Hilcken / Hannes Pagel / Marc-Daniel Mühlmann (Hamburg) points 18, 2. Kai Mares / Mattias Wallentin / Tobias Peters / Tim Becker / Jan-Marc Ulrich (Dänischenhagen) 25, 3rd Jan Kähler / Nils Keck / Carsten Kerschies / Andreas Bergmann / Olaf Zietz (Hamburg) 36, 4. AnnGunnarsson / Max Hølzer / Henrik Hansson / Dan Fredskov / Marianne Schoke / AnnGunnarsson (SWE) 38, 5. Stefan Karsunke / Thorsten Paech / Falco Feindt / Tim Habekost / Malte Gibbe (Hamburg) 42, 6. Manfred König / TinLülfing / Nils Glockow / SashTippe / Olaf Schmidt (Hamburg) 43,
420er (7W): 1. Philip Sparks / Ben Gratton (GBR) points 12, 2. Julian Autenrieth / Philipp Autenrieth (Augsburg) 14, 3. Justin Liu / Sherman Cheng (SIN) 25, 4. SvenjWeger / Wiebke Lechler (Kleinmachnow) 41, 5. Fabian Kaske / Alexander Schätz (Berg) 45, 6. Kalderon Rebecc / Rosie Sibthorp (GBR) 54, 29er (7W): 1. Kévin Fischer / Glenn Gouron (FRA) points 14, 2. Bleddyn Mon / Nick Redding (GBR) 15, 3. Max Richardson / Alex Groves (GBR) 15, 4. Mark Walraven / Kaj Böcker (NED) 16, 5 Justus Schmidt / Max Boehme (Schönwalde) 27, 6. Becky Diamond / FionHampshire (GBR) 32,