West Germany's traditional yachting week---the Kiel Week---this year attracted two thousand yachtsmen from twenty-eight nations.?
GV Yachts in harbour being prepared for racing (2 shots)
LV Start of the Tornados, Olympic Catamaran class,
CU Crew working on yachts
LV Yacht SR14, crewed by reigning world champion, Victor Potapov of USSR
GV Yacht crewed by New Zealand's Bret de Thier
LV Start of Flying Dutchman class, the Olympic two-man dinghy.
GV Flying Dutchman's round buoy with Spinnakers billowing. (2 shots)
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Background: 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.