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Danish Dynamite and Samoa Double Start at Kiel Week


Came from the other side of the world to sail nine days of Kiel Week as Olympic training: Vaimo'oi'a Ripley from the Samoa Islands - Kiel Week 2024 - photo © Sascha Klahn
Came from the other side of the world to sail nine days of Kiel Week as Olympic training: Vaimo'oi'a Ripley from the Samoa Islands - Kiel Week 2024 - photo © Sascha Klahn

The second half of Kiel Week is underway with a dynamic blend of seasoned champions and emerging talents. As the prestigious sailing event transitions to the international classes, sailors from around the world, including world and European champions, are competing with high expectations.

Came from the other side of the world to sail nine days of Kiel Week as Olympic training: Vaimo'oi'a Ripley from the Samoa Islands - Kiel Week 2024 - photo © Sascha Klahn
Came from the other side of the world to sail nine days of Kiel Week as Olympic training: Vaimo'oi'a Ripley from the Samoa Islands - Kiel Week 2024 - photo © Sascha Klahn

Notable among the competitors is Vaimo’oi’a Ripley from Samoa, who is participating for the second time at Kiel Week. This year, Ripley, competing in the ILCA 6 class, is not only honing her skills for the upcoming Olympic Games in Marseille but also adapting to European sailing conditions, which differ significantly from her Pacific homeland.



Ripley's participation in Kiel Week is a crucial step in her preparation for the Olympics. She brings a wealth of experience from various international competitions, including the 2019 Pacific Games where she won a gold medal in the team Laser Radial event. Despite initially struggling with the colder weather, Ripley's performance has been impressive, moving up the ranks from her earlier positions. Her story is a testament to her resilience and determination to excel on the global stage.


While Ripley adapts to new challenges, Danish sailors are showcasing their prowess and vying for top positions. Bo Petersen, the 2022 European Champion, leads the OK dinghy class, and Jesper Armbrust is dominating the Contender rankings. This year's Kiel Week is a testament to the international spirit of the competition, with sailors like Ripley and the Danish team pushing the boundaries and setting high standards in the world of sailing.



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