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July 16 2013

124th Travemuender Woche gets started on Friday, July 19th

“We are still setting up but everything is prepared and we are right on schedule”, comments Dierk Faust, Chairman of the main organizer of the Travemuender Woche, on the final week of preparations and the countdown to the 124th Travemuender Woche. “I am confident that everything will be ready by Friday, we are very much looking forward to the event”.

The TW brings out the very best of sailing each year with the variety of boat classes and the onshore programme. “This year is without question the year of the catamarans – five world championships will be held at Travemünde in the classes Hobie 16, Tiger, Dragoon, Wild Cat, and F16”, explains the Sporting Director of the TW, Jens Kath. “There have never been so many world championships at the TW”. And with the new partner of the Travemuender Woche, SAP, the most beautiful regatta week in the world becomes a real dream come true. “Different boat classes start on the SAP Media Racecourse daily, and all races will be broadcast on a giant screen onshore as well as streamed live online. The images are recorded by cameras onshore as well as with drones in the air. The SAP technology will also help to clarify the sailing action. Commentary on all the races will be provided live from the SAP Sail Cube”, explains Kath. ZDF host Alex Ruda will present the sailing action with support from experts, such as the professional sailor, Markus Koy.

“The short races of approximately 15 minutes on the SAP Media Racecourse create excitement onshore. Among others, the Hobie 14 or Wild Cat classes will start there, as well as other spectacular catamaran classes. For the sailors, the races on the north pier have no any disadvantages whatsoever compared to the races out there on the Baltic Sea”, explains the Regatta Director Walter Mielke, who will also provide commentary on the afternoon show races – the SAP Trave Races – direct on the River Trave. “The show races are our second unique selling point”, says Mielke.
The athletic programme also includes the World Championship of the former Olympic class Tempest, the German Open of the J22 class, and 23 other spectacular, major, and well-known classes that will battle it out for ranking points on eight regatta courses. There will also be some premieres: “In addition to the SAP Media Racecourse, the TW Classic Course is new this year. Almost 20 classic wooden boats have registered to start on the course”, explains Kath. Unfortunately the premiere of the 300 nautical mile long distance regatta had to be cancelled. “We had hoped that that a few more boats would register at the last minute but it didn’t work out. We always have classes where we don’t reach the minimum number of participants, and then these classes have to be withdrawn from the programme at short notice.

We are particularly disappointed about the long distance race”, says Kath. The reasons for the relatively low number of entries are the very long, hard winter, and because there are classes starting at the TW this year that are simply not sailed by the masses. “But we also want to provide a platform for these classes to present themselves, and the number of late entries is still high at the moment. Approximately 1300 sailors are certainly coming”, says Kath. The National Sailing League starts on the first weekend – another sporting highlight. The club competition was only established this year. At the helm of the LYC team sits none other than the Olympian Simon Grotelüschen.

The Deputy Mayor of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, Annette Borns, is also looking forward to the sailing action: “With the TW, we are on the right path to extending what Travemünde stands for: water sports should be emphasized as the trademark of the city”, explains the Sports Senator of the city, joint organizers of the TW. “If there is time, I will watch the regattas myself”.

But there is not only plenty to offer on the water – the festival onshore presents a colourful mix for all generations and tastes. And not only German will be spoken at the TW: guests from 121 countries, including South Africa or New Zealand, will ensure a great atmosphere. “At the heart of the TW, the Sailors’ Village will once again open the Sailors’ Bar, and Marinepool has expanded its exhibition space, where the award ceremony will take place. A Ferris wheel has been constructed, Nord Event will provide a Nordic atmosphere with fish specialties, and there will also be sausages, fries, and meat sandwiches along the fan mile, as well as delicatessen and Asian dishes. Matthias Graf will celebrate his comeback at the pilot station, the Holsten Beach Club offers the right programme for dancing (and not just for under- 20s), and the Classic Night on Tuesday makes sure that the romantics get their money’s worth. Visitors can then experience an ensemble of light and sound. In addition, there will be many world-class bands, such as The Rattles”, explains the director of the onshore programme, Uwe Bergmann.

Schleswig-Holstein’s Finance Minister, Monika Heinhold, will even be sailing in her own boat for the opening on Friday, 19 July 2013. She will be acting in place of the patron of the event, the Minister-President Torsten Albig. Lübeck’s Mayor, Bernd Saxe, will then officially open the 124th Travemuender Woche at 6pm.