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Andrew Campbell - One race in two days is not a pretty picture

by Andrew Campbell on 22 Jun 2009
Welcome Race at Kieler Woche. Photo: okpress/Kieler Woche SW
Latest from Andrew Campbell at Kieler Woche.

One race in two days is not a pretty picture for any regatta. Kieler Woche especially is legendary for its windy, rainy and long days on the water.

Today could not have had less in terms of breeze. Being the longest day of the year (sunrise was at 445am and sunset around 10pm), we were lucky to have been drifting around the boatpark instead of drifting around Delta course four miles offshore. We were postponed at 9am and again at 1130 before they called racing off at 3 due to spotty wind and unstable weather. Rain and storm cells have certainly been the dominant factor here so far.

Kieler Woche has lived up to its reputation as quite the scene however. Each day, especially this weekend, thousands of festival goers and local denizens have been enjoying the brat-sellers and temporary beer gardens set up overlooking the harbor and boatpark. Today about 800 sailors joined the crowd while waiting for breeze.

We still stand on our 13th place finish from day one waiting for our opportunity to fight up the leaderboard. Tomorrow should present three such opportunities.

Keep your fingers crossed for breeze!

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