The weather was not at all kind to the competitors at the Kiel Week.
It threw a lot of challenges to the sailors taking part in the Olympic events. But, this did not deter the spirits and the concentration of Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz, who had a very good day in the 49er FX fleet. They put their heads to work and at the end of the day they have moved on to the overall lead in the 49er FX fleet.
The Germans had a good time at the qualifying races and won two out of the three races on the day. They are two points ahead of the Olympic silver medalist team from New Zealand, Molly Meech, and Alex Maloney. The Germans are very happy with the effort that they put on display in the testing weather conditions. They are looking forward to a very good showing for the remaining days of the event.
Meech said that the morning saw heavy downpour and this made them feel that it is going to be a really tough day in the office. But, the conditions changed as they hit the waters and the first qualifying race was held in perfect racing condition. Then the breeze started to do its tricks by changing from light to medium and also got a bit tricky. Meech said that she was happy to have come out of the day without many issues.
The New Zealand team is also doing well in the 49er men’s event. The team of Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey are in the lead after six races. They have a stiff challenge for the Australian pairing of Joel Turner and David Gilmour, who are also on the same points as the New Zealanders.
The weather is all set to become stronger for the final three days of the Kiel Week event.