Denmark’s Bo Petersen won both opening races at the 2024 Kieler Woche. Sweden’s Niklas Edler is second with Germany’s Ulli Kurfeld in third. 71 OK Dinghies from seven nations are taking part in perhaps the biggest fleet in Kiel ever.

The 2024 Kieler Woche for OK Dinghies opened in brilliant sunshine, 28 degrees and eventually, a nice wind. After a long wait, and one postponed start for the wind to stabilise, it eventually filled in at 8-12 knots, with two races completed, despite threats of thunderstorms and heavy rain, which arrived later in the afternoon when the fleet was ashore.

Claus Mortensen, from Denmark, led round the first mark in Race 1, but Petersen was soon in the lead and extended away for a comfortable win

In the second race, Germany’s Ulli Kurfeld led round the top and most of the way round, but Petersen took the lead on the final downwind for his second win of the day.

The event continues Friday with three more races scheduled, and concludes on Sunday.

Results after 2 races
1                        DEN 21                     Bo PETERSEN                         2
2                        SWE 71                     Niklas EDLER                          6
3                        GER 19                      Ulli KURFELD                          1
4                        GER 20                      Jan KURFELD                          11
5                        SWE 72                     Benjamin HAMMERÖ      11
6                        DEN 1604               Claus MORTENSEN          17
7                        DEN 24                     Steen CHRISTENSEN      17
8                        POL 777                   Michal STRUMNIK              17
9                        GER 72                      Oliver GRONHOLZ             21
10                     SWE 139                  Hans BÖRJESSON             24

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