Kiel Week is known as the major 49er event in Germany, if not Europe. 82 49ers travelled from around the World to take part in this event. SSCBC had four Club Members spread across 3 boats:
Jack Lloyd and Oliver Manton finished 51st in the competitive fleet. They had a consistent score card in the teens up until they pushed the line a little too hard and got a BFD in the 7th race. Young guns Charlie Dixon and James Grogan had a phenomenal regatta for their age and experience, finishing an impressive 26th. The guys had three top fours which shows the potential of these two and the future ahead of them.
At the pointy end of the fleet, Sam and Will Phillips had a remarkable start to the regatta and led after day 1. On day 2, they dropped back to 2nd, day 3 they maintained 2nd place and going into the medal race they were in 3rd place. The medal race was dubbed the tightest race in 49er history, with nine boats having the potential to win gold. Unfortunately, what can only be described as a snakes and ladders final, the Phillips brothers finished 9th which dropped them from 3rd to finish 7th.
On a positive note, this regatta yet again shows on their day, the Phillips boys are the best boat, and we will be rooting for them again at Ready Steady Tokyo on 15-22 August.