After a year of forced break due to the Corona pandemic, it's starting again: The 132nd Travemünde Week has opened. SH Prime Minister Daniel Günther as patron of the regatta and festival week and Lübeck's mayor Jan Lindenau opened the event today, Friday, in front of invited guests. At 6 p.m., Jan Lindenau gave the starting signal for a Travemünde Week that will still be under special conditions in 2021 with the traditional "Raise the flag!"
The opening ceremony already showed that the effects of the pandemic continue to restrict the festival week. Instead of the crowd-pleasing celebration in front of the "Lisa von Lübeck", this time there was only a small ceremony with invited guests from sports, politics and business. And the restricted festival area should also ensure that there is no increase in the number of infections.
The regatta program with its approximately 1350 participants from over 30 nations shows the international popularity of the Travemünder Woche for high-class sport and a peaceful meeting of athletes. And the wide range of sports with sailors of all ages and abilities gives hope that a Travemünde Week on the usual scale will be possible again in 2022.
In his welcoming speech, Minister President Daniel Günther emphasised the importance of the regatta week: "The Travemünde Week is an important factor for Schleswig-Holstein in terms of sport, culture and economy and makes our state known far beyond the regional borders. The sport, the coming together of different countries and the peaceful competition are great moments of this event. This year alone, despite numerous restrictions, over 30 nations are represented at the competitions. This shows how popular the Travemünde Week is as a sporting event. Those who have experienced in the past years how the people of Lübeck and their guests celebrate the summer of the Travemünde Week, how they enjoy the maritime flair and the evenings on the Trave, know that the festival events are also of outstanding importance. This dovetailing of sport and culture is a unique mixture that makes the Travemünde Week so endearing and popular."
Together with Lübeck's mayor, the head of the state agrees that caution is still the priority in 2021. Jan Lindenau emphasised: "I can well understand the desires for celebrations, summer fun and conviviality. But the health of the people of Travemünde and their guests has top priority. That is why there can only be a gradual opening of the restrictions. The virus is always showing us new faces, so we absolutely have to keep an eye on the incidences. It is no use slipping into an autumn with renewed restrictions after a too carefree summer. The Travemünde Week festival has always been closely linked to sport, that's what makes the event. But this year, restraint is called for, which we expect from the visitors as well as from the athletes. Only then can the restart after the cancellation in 2020 succeed and lead to a Travemünder Woche in the usual style next year."
However, the joy of exciting regattas was clearly felt by all guests at the opening. DSV President Mona Küppers said on behalf of the guests: "The German sailing weeks like the Travemünde Week are important factors in presenting the German sailing sport to the public. They represent the whole range of sailing - from youth to competitive sports to offshore sailing. The Travemünder Woche is a showcase and a popular sporting event at the same time. I am pleased that after the cancellation in 2020, it will now be possible to welcome the athletes again and offer them a top-class regatta organisation."
Traditionally, the first starting signal for the Travemünde Week is given on the offshore course. Tomorrow, Saturday, at 11 a.m., the yachts will be sent out on the course for their up-and-down-races. A program with two World and two European Championships as well as seven German title races and ten ranking regattas will follow until 1 August.