The 120th edition of Travemuende Week (TW) will be celebrated in a special format in 2009. The traditional sailing regatta at the Baltic Sea off Travemuende near Luebeck in Germany will be extended to 17 days next year with high-level racing and a superb festival on shore. Called the world’s most beautiful race week, the event will take place from 17 July through 2 August, with the International German Youth Championship 2009 in nine classes as the sportive highlight in the second part of the event. This addition will take the Travemuende Week to new record level entries. Now more than a thousand boats with twice as many sailors are expected to flock to the estuary of the Trave river. The one-time extension is also sure to bring more than a million visitors to this popular sailing event.
“It is a great honour and at the same time a challenge that the German Sailing Association (DSV) has trusted the Luebeck Yacht Club with the organization of the Youth Championships”, says LYC’s vice chairman Karin Boege. “And the DSV very much welcomes the fact that the championships will be part of our biggest and most popular event, the Travemuende Week”, adds Claus-Dieter Stolze, who jointly with Boege manages the operational side of the race week. The Youth Championship is a plus for the TW and vice versa. During the course of the TW, the up to thousand young sailors and their more than hundred coaches as well as some 1,500 to 2,000 parents and friends will experience a social programme that would be unthinkable if it were not rooted in this big and established TW event.
“On shore, the focus point of the event will be the Bruegmanngarten with a music programme for the taste of the young & older on the central festival stage and once again the CITTI-Park with its manifold fun, play and climbing activities for the family”, explains Karin Boege. The sailors’ village along the Trave river and the various beach clubs next to the Nordermole will also be open the full 17 days.
The best of the championship sailors will use the middle part of the Travemuende Week as their warm-up regatta, and a number of further highlights are also scheduled. There will be the International German Championship of the 505 class at the TW start, and so are the PreWorlds of the Contender class, who have chosen Travemuende for their dress rehearsal leading up to the Worlds in Sonderburg, Denmark. 2009 will also see many Sportboats, of which the Melges 24, J/24 and Platu 25 will carry out their class’ championships. Last but not least the TW programme will feature traditionally popular classes such as the Folkeboats and Tornados.