June 14, 2019 – HMCS Toronto is scheduled to attend the 125th Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) June 21. Fresh from a term of duty with SNMG2 in the Mediterranean, Toronto is heading north to the Baltic Sea to attend this event along with dozens of other warships from the USA and Europe.
In the first decades of its existence, the Kieler Woche was a pure sailing event. There is no question that the 125th edition of what is now the largest summer festival in Northern Europe also offers many innovations and special features for sailing fans (and those who want to be).
For example, the Youth Sailing Champions League of the 125th Kieler Woche is visiting. For the first time, the league of the best 28 youth teams from various nations and clubs will be guests in Kiel. On the first three Kiel week days, exciting short races in J / 70 boats are sailed in front of the Olympic center.
The European Championship of the OK class also enriches the Kieler Woche program. For the EM are expected to the 100 OK boats. As the first international sailing event, the 125th Kieler Woche also offers regattas that largely correspond to the new Olympic format “Mixed Double Hand Offshore”. Mixed two-person teams sail distances between 30 and 600 nautical miles.
Kiel will be the final destination of the Classic Week of the Classic Yachts Circle of Friends on June 23, starting in Flensburg on June 14th. At the same time, the circle of friends has received more registrations than ever before – more than 125! – the rendezvous of the classics.
Foils are runners on which sailboats “fly” across the water at high speed. In addition to the Olympic class Nacra 17 are the 125th Kieler Woche for the first time two more foiling classes here: the moth and the new Waszp.
Another new thing about the Silver Ribbon: For the first time, the long-distance regatta for the big ships will be launched on the Yardstick billing system. With this very simple calculation formula, every owner and owner is able to participate in this regatta.
If you do not want to go sailing yourself, but prefer to watch, you can watch the regattas live with binoculars from Steiner Optik this year. The Leader shirts worn by the top three in each regatta field and class will also provide a better overview. For the first time the shirts are sustainably produced – from recycled material and 100% “Made in Germany”.
Kieler Woche.TV has been conveying pure excitement for years and bringing sailing to everyone on land. On a newly designed area in the Schilksee Olympic Center, the live presentation of the regattas and award ceremonies will be a real experience this year. Palm trees up to three meters high bring a Caribbean feeling to the heart of the event area in the harbor apron.
Even more Kieler Woche.TV is there for the 125th Kieler Woche in the city center. Three more will be added to the four media walls that have been broadcast live in the city since last year: the Pirate World at Asmus-Bremer-Platz, the Ocean Jump at the boat harbor and the Woderkant Festival at the keel line.
All results of the regattas converge in the Olympic center in Kiel. There will be the 125th Kiel Week for the first time public daily press conferences. Not only journalists, but also sailors and visitors to the Olympic Center will then receive all current information first-hand every day.
In addition to all these innovations, Kieler-Woche fans can of course also on the sailing “classics” from the Welcome Race (22/23 June) on the Navy-cutter regattas (22 to 29 June) to the Windjammerparade (29. June).