North-powered Clients Claim Multiple One Design Class Victories
Kieler Woche, the world’s biggest sailing event attracted roughly 4,000 sailors from 50 nations for the nine-day event in Northern Germany. Entries range from ORC, to Olympic Dinghies, to paralympic teams. With the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus later this year, many olympic hopefuls used Kieler Woche as a training event. In the 470 fleet, Olympic Silver Medalist and reigning World Champions Matt Belcher and Will Ryan continued their streak of success, snagging the title over Swedish team Anton Dahlberg & Fredrik Bergstrom. In the women’s fleet, Silvia Mas & Patricia Cantero won the medal race to secure their victory from Maria Bozi & Rafailina Klonaridou, from Greece.
North Sails clients also filled the top end of the Finn fleet, with Kiwi Josh Junior taking the championship after finishing fourth in the medal race. Second place in the medal race secured second place for Anders Pederson. Rounding off the podium was current European Champion, Ed Wright.
The OK Dinghy fleet had an impressive sixty-one boats racing from all over the world including Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations to Jan Kurfeld for taking the overall win. Jan was using his North M-20 Mainsail, which has again proven itself to be a championship winning sail. Congratulations to our clients on yet another successful week in Kiel.
Returning J/24 champion, Mike Ingham and crew on Nautalytics, enjoyed their time in Kiel and are already looking forward to next year. After 11 races and one discard, Mike racked up four bullets, and had five races within the top five overall, making his last race more of a victory lap. Congrats to Mike and team on sailing a great regatta.