Kiel Week

This year’s Kiel Week was marked by a variety of weather fronts that came rolling through, producing strong winds some days and light winds on others. Kieler YC had its hands full managing the fleets and getting in a full slate of races. The J/24s started earlier in the week and were fortunate to sail in good winds and complete 10 races. At 26 boats, the J/24 fleet had fantastic competition for their event. It was a battle for the top two slots on the leaderboard between two Americans from upstate New York: Mike Ingham and Travis Odenbach. In the end, Ingham’s USA 5443 team (Max Holzer, Quinn Schwenker, Marianne Schoke and Paul Abdullah) won with 29 points net. In the silver spot was Odenbach’s USA 5432 crew (Ian Coleman, Hugh Ward, Annabel Cuttermole and Jack Sharland) with 38 points net. GBR 4222 with Andrew Taylor’s crew (Izzy Savage, Robert Clark, Paul Williams and Zoe Dunne) took the bronze with 43 points net. Filling out the top five were the top two German teams: Frank Schonfeld’s GER 5412 in fourth and Stefan Karsunke’s GER 5381 in fifth place. For more Kiel Week information, visit

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