West Germany's traditional yachting week---the Kiel Week---this year attracted two thousand yachtsmen from twenty-eight nations.?
West Germany's traditional yachting week---the Kiel Week---this year attracted two thousand yachtsmen from twenty-eight nations. The event gave participants a chance to gather valuable points for their qualification to next year's Olympics. Kiel itself has seen two Olympic yachting regattas, in 1936 and again in 1972.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the world's best yachtsmen sailed their boasts into Kiel's Olympia Harbour. They were competing in fourteen different classes for points and standings.
The Tornados---the Olympic Catamaran class--were the fastest yachts racing. The twin-hulled boats with the distinct trapezoid sails are six metres (20 feet) from bow to stern.
The boat of the reigning world champion--the Soviet Union's Victor Potapov. But over the fourteen and a half mile (21 kilometres) course, Potapov had to be content with second place. The winner--with the least penalty points--was New Zealander Bret de Thier.
Perhaps the most popular vent is the Flying Dutchman class, the Olympic two-man dinghy.
At the turn-buoy, the Flying Dutchmen sets the Spinnaker, a light, bulgy-cut large fore-sail, which in this case helped America's Augie Diaz to victory in his class.