Kieler Woche sees Danes dominate women’s racing

Kieler Woche

It was a champagne sailing day in Kiel, and the Royal Danish Yacht Club runs away with the first ever Women’s Sailing Champions League. The Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) won 14 of their 20 heats in the J/70s to win the regatta ahead of fellow Danes, Hellerup Sejlklub.

The Danes dominated the first ever event of the Women’s Sailing Champions League which concluded after day three of Kieler Woche in north Germany. The Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) won 14 of their 20 heats in the J/70s to win the regatta ahead of fellow Danes, Hellerup Sejlklub. Strangely, the winners’ final race was also their worst when they dropped from an early lead to fourth across the line in a photo finish. Ever the perfectionist, skipper Henriette Koch – who represented Denmark in the 470 class at the London 2012 Olympic Games – commented:

“We had a small technical error. We not only want to win the regatta, but also the race. When we compete, we want to win every time.”

But for the small slip-up, it was about as close to a perfect three days that you could hope for.

“We stayed focused and had a lot of fun,” said Koch. They attributed their success to keeping things simple, and also to the fact that a few of the crew have raced together for many, many years. “It’s not just about boatspeed, it’s about communication,” said Koch.


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