From 18. until 25. August, there will be a tête-à-tête of the international young Laser sailors. More than 370 active sailors between 15 and 18 years from 44 nations will be dominating the scene in the North of Kiel during those eight days. After the measurement, the Worlds will start off with an opening ceremony on Sunday, 19. August, before twelve tough World Championship races are on the schedule: During the six days (20. until 25. August), there will be two races per day.
270 male sailors from 42 nations are on the registration list. The German fleet as the hosting nation is the biggest fleet with 39 young sailors, followed by the British with 23 participants.
Julian Hoffmann (born 2002) did come back home from the Youth Sailing World Championships (YSWC) from Corpus Christi/USA with a rank nine. The student from the Sports High School in Obersdorf, where normally winter athletes are enrolled, knows the sailing territory in Kiel really well. Gauthier Verhulst also examined the sailing territory in Kiel in detail. The Swiss (born 2001) did even use the whole Kiel Week to get prepared for U-19 Worlds. In the first part of the event, the 16-year old did finish on rank nine at the Laser Radial Open, in the Laser Radial Worlds he was on place 27. In August, the Swiss sailor will be also fighting for the U-17 title.
Among the favourites are also Josh Armit from New Zealand, who was leading in Corpus Christi by twelve points in front of Juan Cardozo from Argentina and the current World Champion at the Laser Radial Men's Zac Littlewood (Australia). It was a perfect preparation for the Youth World Championship in Kiel for Armit. "It feels great to win this regatta. I learned much this week and had the opportunity to test different things in this fleet", said Armit after the YWSC victory in the USA.
Among 101 participants from 30 nations in total, Germany is also sending the biggest fleet of female sailors with 17 participants to Kiel. Great Britain is following with ten participants, Italy with nine and the Netherlands with eight starters.
Just like Julian Hoffmann, Julia Buesselberg also returned from the USA with a rank nine. The 18-year old sailor already won the Junior World Championship at the YES regattas on the Whitsun weekend in Kiel, did finish on rank nine at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Corpus Christi and afterwars started at the Worlds in Aarhus.
But in the girls' fleet, the international competitors also already got prepared on the sailing territory in Kiel. In total, there were 13 young sailors from nine nations, who did use the Kiel Week as a regatta training for the Worlds of the young sailors. In the top class Olympic fleet, the young sailors were mainly at the back of the fleet, but Julia Rogalska from Poland made it at least onto place 34 and thus was in the first half of the fleet.
On top of that, it will be a meet-up in Kiel of the girls, who did participate in the Youth Sailing Worlds Championships in Corpus Christi in July. 22 YSWC starters will also be in Kiel, among them nine young sailors from the top ten, demonstrating the high quality of the Laser Radial Youth World Championships.
Dirk Ramhorst is looking forward to the new cooperation with the Laser class association. "This is a matching and adequate complementation of the high-class standard program of the Kiel Yacht Club with Maior, YES and Kiel Week. And the Laser Worlds are automatically creating a high number of participants and level of internationality", said the Head of Organization. And the clerk of the International Laser Class Association, Randolph Bertin, added: "Kiel is offering excellent organization and perfect conditions." The proven crew around Dirk Ramhorst and the agency Point of Sailing are ready to offer excellent conditions for fair races to the youth sailors between 15 and 18 years.