"You are the future of our sport", said Eric Faust, representative of the International Laser class association. He said he is happy that Kiel is hosting the World Championships. Carste Krage, Chairman of the Kiel Yacht Club, did wish the athletes much success in the races and many friends ashore. "It is a pleasure for us and an honor to have you here." Also the Lord Mayor Ulf Kaempfer was happy about the sailors from all around the world. "It is fantastic to welcome that many talented, young sailors in Kiel." Sunshine and warm water are not always usual for Kiel, but he was hoping that the endless summer this year will also last this week.
"Now we can start", said Laura Schewe. She is motivated and has found an efficient way to fight the slight nervousness. "At a regatta on the home territory the expectations from outside are higher. And before a World Championship there is a bit more tension, that you have to control." She can free her mind by spending time with friends for example. However it is good to have the regatta in front of the door. "It is the carefree package ashore. You know for example that the fridge is always full", she said smiling. Until Friday she had trained, then enjoyed a break of two days, where everything could be processed. "So I can be fully motivated and am really up to sailing the regatta." Her goal is a place in the top five. "I want to confirm the result from last year." The fleet is strong. Emma Savelon from the Netherlands is at the start line. She was on rank four last year just in front of Laura Schewe from Altenholz. And in Corpus Christi at the Youth Worlds of the World Sailing Association, Savelon even became second.
Julius Hoffmann can not yet really judge his competitors. He had already met some of the competitors on the water at the Youth Worlds in Corpus Christi, but it will be his first big World Championship. "I don't really know how the level is.“
Hoffmann wants to sail onto the best possible rank in the qualifier races and thus get a good starting spot. The sailor from the high school in Obersdorf would be satisfied with a place in the first half of the Gold fleet. In the last days of the training, he did get to know the sailing territory. But: "The wind direction is a bit funny - very shifty, but that's what I know from the lakes."