A step back to normality
There will be no Travemünde Week as usual in 2021. The pandemic is still leaving its mark this summer. But the signs are that there will be steps back to normality for the sailing week from 23 July to 1 August. In addition to challenging regattas, there will also be a small but fine range of cultural and culinary events.
The symbiosis of sailing and festival has always been the DNA of the Travemünder Woche, its unique selling point compared to other sailing weeks. But a festival offer for this summer was not up for discussion for a long time when the incidences started to drop very slowly in spring. So Lübeck's town council committed to supporting TW financially in order to make a regatta programme possible at all, which is otherwise financed by the income from the festival. After an intensive debate on 25 March, the Hanseatic city's parliament decided to approve support for the regatta week of up to 527,000 euros from the city of Lübeck.
In March, the focus on the sailing programme was very clear. But when the Corona numbers dropped rapidly in June, the TW organisation received requests from various sectors to at least make a small festival programme possible. And so this year, in close coordination with the City of Lübeck, the way back to normality will be opened with isolated offers. Although the festival offers cannot contribute to the financing of the TW this year, there is a clear silver lining that a regatta and festival week of the usual size will be possible again in 2022.
"We are very grateful that the citizens' decision to support us makes this path possible," says Frank Schärffe, Managing Director of Travemünder Woche gGmbH, and he clearly states: "In all planning, the health of Travemünder, its guests, the sailors and our volunteers comes first."
"Despite the welcome relaxation in the Corona measures, we will remain cautious," Frank Schärffe continues. "The regatta programme is very demanding, even though we will not be able to hold all the championships and ranking regattas of the original planning. On land, on the other hand, we have long calculated that we would not be able to offer a programme at all. Now there will at least be some selective offers." Apart from the restrictions due to the pandemic regulations, the construction site in the area of the Travepromenade will also cause restrictions. "The overall impression of the Travemünder Woche will suffer due to the construction site. This is very annoying, because according to the original planning we had assumed that the restrictions on the area up to the Marina restaurant would be removed by Travemünde Week. But we will have to deal with that this year."
Meanwhile, the organisers of TW and the volunteers will do their utmost to ensure that the guests will feel comfortable in Travemünde. The Travemünde Week is organised by the main organiser Lübecker Yacht-Club and its co-organisers NRV Hamburg, Zürcher Yacht-Club and the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. In addition, the TW organisation can rely on the support of its long-standing partners and supporters. "Of course, the possibilities of some partners are limited - be it because we cannot offer corresponding programme items or also because the companies themselves are struggling with the effects of the pandemic," says Frank Schärffe. "But it is nice to see that everyone has declared their willingness in principle to remain loyal to the event. Some are participating on a limited scale, others like the Stadtwerke Lübeck are presenting themselves on land and on the water with a clear commitment. We will have the Holsten Anchorage and Marinepool will offer its products in a tent. And we have even been able to gain new partners. For example, Dräger-Werke are getting involved by providing us with 1000 Corona test kits for testing our helpers to ensure that the event runs smoothly. With Druckerei Siepmann we also have a new partner for our printed matter."
The Travemünder Woche's longest-standing partner, boot Düsseldorf, has also made a special arrangement for this year, even though the world's largest water sports exhibition had to be cancelled this year. Frank Schärffe: "This is a really great sign from boot at a time that is anything but easy for them themselves. We appreciate it very much and look forward to being able to talk about the joint future at boot in January 2022."