One day before the conclusion of the regattas, the Travemünde Week is heading for a top result in the number of races. The organisational teams have already sent their 22 classes across the starting line on the seven courses over 330 times, with a few decisions still to come. Even if the weak wind forecast for the final Sunday is correct, overall race director Anderl Denecke can draw a more than satisfied conclusion for the 133rd edition of the regatta week.
"This is really a very rare picture at the big regatta weeks that we were able to serve most classes with a complete programme. Only a few classes had to give up one or two races. But even they had very good conditions in their races. We really sailed a lot this year," says Denecke. With wind speeds almost always beyond the ten-knot mark, fair racing was guaranteed. "The feedback is more than positive. The sailors are happy throughout," says Denecke. Especially the World Championship and European Championship classes were able to sail a full programme and should further strengthen Travemünde's reputation as a perfect championship venue. Denecke: "Exemplary is the final of the Sailing Champions League. Never before in the history of this format has it been possible to sail so many flights for the final. 2022 is a very positive year for Travemünde Week."
With the cancellation of the International Games of the iQ-Foil surfers, the Travemünder Woche had to take a damper in the run-up, but the appearance of the foil kiters with the International German Championship in the new Olympic discipline (Formula Kite) showed that the Bay of Lübeck is also capable of the most modern classes. "The spot is very good for the kiters, but it can still be optimised a little for the launch area on the beach. But the class we are now advertising internationally and could grow next time," says Denecke, who is counting on the kiters also arousing interest among the iQ-Foil surfers: "Contact with the class continues despite the cancellation. Talks are already underway to perhaps award a major youth event here in the coming years."
In any case, there are already some top events in the planning books for 2023, when the Lübeck Yacht Club celebrates its 125th anniversary as the main organiser of the Travemünder Woche. The World Championship of the J/22, the European Championship of the O-dinghies and above all the World Championship of the Formula 18 will bring top-class sailing to Travemünde again next year.