Jump to content

Kiel Week

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kiel Week
First held1882 (1882)
Organizer Kieler Yacht-Club
 Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
 Hamburger Segel-Club
 Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee
Classes420, 470, 2.4 mR, 29er, 49er, 49er FX, Contender, Europe, Flying Dutchman, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, Iqfoil, J/24, J/70, Musto Skiff, Nacra 17, Nordic Folkboat, OK, Waszp
Tall Ships Parade at Kiel Week, the world's biggest regatta and sailing event (2009)
International 420 Class Dinghy regatta, 2005
Regatta of cruising yachts in front of Laboe, 2003
Amphitrite, Ubena von Bremen, and Roald Amundsen in 2007, forming part of the annual tall ship fleet at Kiel Week
Tall ships attracting visitors in port during Kiel Week 2006
Fairs and events as part of festival at shore, 2005

The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is considered to be one of the largest sailing events globally,[1][2][3] and also the largest summer festivals in Northern Europe,[4][5][6] attracting millions of people every year from all over Germany and neighbouring countries.[7]

Together with the Trofeo Princesa Sofía, Semaine Olympique Française, and Allianz Regatta regattas, Kiel Week is part of the Sailing World Cup in the 2023 and 2024 seasons.[8]


Kiel Week is held annually in the last week in June, and opens officially on the preceding Saturday with the official Glaser, followed by the Holstenbummel. The "Soundcheck" is on the Friday before the official opening; it is a music festival across all the stages within the city. Kiel Week, ends with a large fireworks display at 11 p.m. on Sunday, fired from pontoons or the quays at the Howaldtswerke, visible all across the Bay of Kiel. There are also many minigames

Most ship races begin at the Olympic Harbor of Schilksee, also the centre of most sporting activities during Kiel Week. As Schilksee is located outside of the inner city and most sailing competitions take place yet further out, only some races – mainly of smaller boat types – can be viewed from shore, namely from along the Kiellinie at the west coast of the Bay of Kiel.

Kiel Week usually gathers around 5,000 sailors, 2,000 ships, and about three million visitors each year. The event is organized in a joint effort by the Yacht Club of Kiel, the Norddeutscher Regattaverein, the Hamburger Sailing Club, and the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee.

While Kiel Week started out as a ship racing championship, it has long since become a large festival with many popular bands playing on public stages. They often play for free, although the corporate sponsors (many from the Schleswig-Holstein media and telecommunications industry) usually display their involvement prominently. Most of the stages can be found at the Kiellinie (the western side of the Kieler Förde from the Düsternbrook yacht harbour past the Schleswig-Holstein parliament building to the big inner-city ferry harbour), and as of late, across the Hoernbridge to the Germania harbour and the Hörn. Another area of rich cultural activity in the city centre (Rathausplatz, Holstenbrücke) and the area connecting the city centre with the ferry harbour (Alter Markt, Dänische Straße, Schloßpark). Between the public stages and especially on the International Market on the Rathausplatz, food specialties from different countries can be eaten. Small street performances and street comedy are performed in many places. A special children's program is available at the Spiellinie.

Kiel Week is also one of the largest tall ship conventions in Germany, attracting many German and international traditional ships, mainly sailing ships. Many of them spend the week doing day tours out of Kiel, thus berthing much more in view of the festival visitors than the racing boats at Kiel-Schilksee. More than 100 traditional ships and hundreds of yachts usually participate in the Tall Ships Parade (Windjammer‎parade) on the day before the closing day of the Kiel Week, i.e. usually on the second Saturday of Kiel Week. The Parade was first held in 1972, under the name of Operation Sail, and was organized in celebration of the Olympic Summer Games in Germany that year, whose sailing competitions took place in Kiel. It was the first large gathering of tall ships since the time of the windjammers, and its success led to the annual Parade and to the foundation of the first sail training organization in Germany (Clipper DJS). Today, the Parade is often headed by the Gorch Fock, a sister ship to the German-built USCGC Eagle (WIX-327).

Kiel Week Poster and Enamel Plaques[edit]

Since 1948, advertises an annual Kiel Week poster for the festival week. Their design is another example of the cultural positioning and visual-design tradition of the Kieler Woche. In this context represents a jury put together a selection of graphic designers and then invites them to a competition for the corporate design of the festival week. An invitation is already an honor, because the design contest enjoys a high reputation and many designs have been awarded national and international prizes.

Among other things, the following graphic artists designed for the Kiel Week: Ernst Irmler (1953), Anton Stankowski (1962), Hans Hillmann (1964), Michael Engelmann (1965), Bruno K. Wiese (1971 & 1982), Rolf Müller (, 1972), Otto Treumann (1975), Ruedi Baur (1986), Rosemarie Tissi (1990), Hans Günther Schmitz (1992), Christof Gassner (1993), Siegfried Odermatt (1994), Barbara & Gerd Baumann (1995), Wim Crouwel (1998 ), Fons M. Hickmann (2002), Klaus Hesse (2006), Markus Dressen (2007), Peter Zizka (2008), Henning Wagenbreth (2009), Andrew and Jeffrey Goldstein (2010), Melchior Imboden (2011) and Stefan Guzy and Björn re (2015).

The series of Kieler Woche playcards considered as a reflection of the recent graphic story. The motifs are applied to many objects and almost all of these – mostly developed by the competition winner himself – applications reach after a short time collector status.

Even before WWII annual enamel plaques were made as memento for the competitors.


Kiel Week, probably in 1895 (Fritz Stoltenberg)
  • June 23, 1882 20 sailing yachts (one of them Danish) participate in a ship race from Düsternbrook. Because of the large success the event is held annually in the following years.
  • 1889 The German Emperor Wilhelm II visits the ship races for the first time.
  • 1892 More than 100 ships announce themselves for the ship races.
  • 1894 The event is called Kiel Week for the first time in press reports. Emperor Wilhelm II is a regular visitor now.
  • 1895 Opening of the Kiel Canal, then called Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal during Kiel Week.
  • 1907 25th anniversary of Kiel Week. Since then more than 6,000 ships have been racing at the event.
  • 1914 New canal locks are opened during Kiel Week. On June 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is murdered in Sarajevo, leading to World War I and interrupting Kiel Week. Between 1915 and 1918 Kiel Week is not held.
  • 1934 Kiel Week becomes an instrument of propaganda for the Nazis.
  • 1936 For the first time, Kiel is the location for the sailing contests at the Summer Olympics.
  • 1937 Kiel Week is organized by the newly formed Yacht-Club von Deutschland.
  • 1940–1946 During World War II, Kiel Week does not happen.
  • 1945 The first sailing week after the Second World War is held by the British occupation army under the name "Kiel-Week".
  • 1947 A festival week in September is held under the name 'Kiel im Aufbau' ('Kiel in reconstruction').
  • * End of June 1948 First Kiel Week after the war.
  • September 1948 "Kiel im Aufbau" held for the second time.
  • 1949 "Kiel im Aufbau" integrated into Kiel Week.
  • 1950 Theodor Heuss is the first President of Germany to visit Kiel Week.
  • 1962 Important Scandinavian theatre groups and orchestras set new accents for the cultural part of Kiel Week.
  • 1972 For the second time the sailing contests at the Summer Olympics are held in Kiel, finishing with a Tall Ships Parade.
  • 1974 The Spiellinie becomes a permanent institution at Kiel Week after the initial success of the Olympic Spielstraße for children in 1972. It is established along the Kiellinie.
  • 1982 100 years of Kiel Week celebrations.
  • 1994 100th Kiel Week celebrations (during the First and Second World Wars, Kiel Week was suspended); co-operation agreement with boot Düsseldorf.
  • 1995 100 years of the Kiel Canal (formerly Kaiser-Wilhelm-Canal) celebrations.



Men's Europe[edit]

Women's Europe[edit]

Open Europe[edit]


ILCA 4 (formerly known as Laser 4.7)[edit]

Men's ILCA 6 (formerly known as Laser Radial)[edit]

Women's ILCA 6 (formerly known as Laser Radial)[edit]

Open ILCA 6 (formerly known as Laser Radial)[edit]

ILCA 7 (formerly known as Laser)[edit]


Musto Skiff[edit]




Men's 470[edit]

Women's 470[edit]

Mixed 470[edit]



29er XX[edit]


49er FX[edit]

Flying Dutchman[edit]


RS 800[edit]

12 Metre[edit]

2.4 Metre[edit]

5.5 Metre[edit]

*2001- Gordon Ingate, David Ellis & James Bevis (AUS)[213]

Albin Express[edit]


Dehler 29[edit]


Elliott 6m[edit]

Farr 30[edit]


Hansa 303[edit]





Melges 24[edit]

Nordic Folkboat[edit]

Platu 25[edit]

SB 20[edit]






Formula 18[edit]

Hobie 16[edit]

Nacra 17[edit]


Men's Iqfoil[edit]

Women's Iqfoil[edit]

Men's Mistral[edit]

Women's Mistral[edit]

Men's RS:X[edit]

Women's RS:X[edit]


See also[edit]


  • George von Hase (c. 1920). Kiel and Jutland. Skeffington and son Ltd.. Description by a German officer of the visit by a squadron of British warships attending Kiel week in June 1914. Available at Canadian library archive
  • Übersicht der Klassen zur Kieler Woche, retrieved 13 October 2015
  • Olympische Klassen zur Kieler Woche, retrieved 13 October 2015
  1. ^ "World's biggest sailing event casts off". dw.com. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  2. ^ Hilsum, James (14 February 2024). "Kiel Confirmed as Starting Point for the 2025 Ocean Race Europe, 'Feels Like Home' to Team Malizia's Boris Herrmann". www.eurosport.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2024. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Kieler Woche 2023 mit Besucherrekord: 3,8 Millionen Gäste". www.ndr.de (in German). 25 June 2023. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  4. ^ "Kieler Woche: Zehntausende verfolgen Windjammerparade". www.ndr.de (in German). 25 June 2023. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  5. ^ "Schon viel los am Eröffnungstag der Kieler Woche". DIE WELT (in German). 18 June 2023. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  6. ^ "Größtes Sommerfest im Norden startet in Kiel". Süddeutsche.de (in German). 15 June 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2024.
  7. ^ "Navigating Your Way Around the World's Largest Sailing Event: Germany's Kiel Week". (TIME Magazine)
    Kiel Travel Guide Archived 2014-04-14 at the Wayback Machine (About.com)
    The world's largest sailing event: Kiel Week (deutschland.de)
  8. ^ "World Sailing - World Sailing extends relationship with Olympic class regattas".