Exciting Finishes in ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 at Kiel Week

Kiel, Germany – June 26, 2024

Kiel Week 2024 concluded with thrilling races and dramatic finishes in both the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 classes, showcasing the talents of sailors across varied conditions. The event, held under a mix of light and moderate breezes and clear blue skies, provided a perfect backdrop for high-level competition in both the men’s and women’s categories.


ILCA 6 | POL 217121 | Agata BARWINSKA | MOS SSW ILAWA | Pressekontakt: Andreas Kling, Pressesprecher der Kieler Woche-Regatten | Photo by: Christian Beeck

ILCA 6 Women’s Medal Race

The ILCA 6 women’s medal race delivered high drama. Denmark’s Anna Munch, the only competitor with a chance to overtake Poland’s Agata Barwinska, faced a disastrous start and was unable to recover. Barwinska, despite also starting poorly, managed to maintain her overall lead. Switzerland’s Maud Jayet capitalized on an umpire’s decision against Australia’s Mara Stransky, moving ahead to win the race, while Finland’s Monika Mikkola secured second place in the final leg. Barwinska’s consistent performance throughout the regatta ensured her victory, with Stransky taking silver and Munch settling for bronze. Barwinska commented, “It was really intense but I’m very happy how it worked out. It was the perfect choice to come here before the Games in Marseille and to be racing here against such great sailors and with sunny blue skies in Kiel.”

ILCA 7 | FIN 224484 | Nooa LAUKKANEN | Brändö Seglare | Pressekontakt: Andreas Kling, Pressesprecher der Kieler Woche-Regatten | Photo by: Christian Beeck

ILCA 7 Men’s Medal Race

Jean-Baptiste Bernaz secured a last-minute triumph in a gripping ILCA 7 medal race. Entering the day with a yellow bib and a 10-point lead over Australia’s Zac Littlewood, Bernaz initially found himself trailing near the back of the fleet. Italy’s Lorenzo Chiavarini led the race from start to finish, while German Philipp Buhl’s second-place finish temporarily put him in gold medal contention. However, two penalties against sailors from Argentina and the Netherlands allowed Bernaz to slip into seventh place, enough to clinch the overall victory. Bernaz’s win, secured in the final meters, resulted in Buhl taking silver for Germany and Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard earning bronze. Reflecting on his victory, Bernaz said, “It has been a great regatta all week. It’s a challenging place, but it’s been nice to come and get away from all the pressure of being in France in the build-up to the Games. It’s been great to have close racing against Philipp and Hermann today and all this week. Now we’ll have a beer together this evening.”

ILCA 7 | FRA 216112 | Jean Baptiste BERNAZ | Cnsm | Pressekontakt: Andreas Kling, Pressesprecher der Kieler Woche-Regatten | Photo by: Christian Beeck

Highlights and Overall Results

The final races at Kiel Week were packed with intense competition and strategic maneuvering. The event saw victories for sailors from Denmark, France, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany across the Olympic sailing classes. In the ILCA 7 class, Bernaz’s triumph was particularly notable, showcasing his readiness for the upcoming Olympic Games in Marseille. The excitement on the water was matched by the enthusiasm of spectators, both on-site and those watching live via KielerWoche.TV. The five final races provided over three hours of thrilling action, concluding with the ILCA 7 showdown that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz, now a five-time Olympian, expressed his relief and joy at securing the win, stating, “The conditions were very tricky throughout the regatta, but it was fantastic. Seeing my name at the top of the leaderboard was incredible.” Germany’s Philipp Buhl, who finished second overall, graciously congratulated his training partner, Bernaz. “JP deserved the win. It wasn’t his best medal race, but overall, he was the best. I’m pleased with my strong finish and happy that our training group took all three podium spots.” Kiel Week 2024 has once again proven to be a vital preparatory event for sailors aiming for Olympic success, offering challenging conditions and high-caliber competition. The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) congratulates all participants and looks forward to even more thrilling races in the future. 

ILCA 7 Pressekontakt: Andreas Kling, Pressesprecher der Kieler Woche-Regatten | Photo by: Sascha Klahn

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