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Thousands attend Kiel Week

KIEL, Germany -- More than 5,000 sailors and about 2,000 dinghies and yachts from 50 nations are taking part in the biggest sailing regatta in the world.

Kiel Week, held from June 22 to June 30, attracts elite and emerging sailors and is part of a cultural summer festival in the German city.

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For the first time in 120 years of Kieler Woche, the handicapped sailors will start in the 2.4mR class at the official regattas.

"It is an important step that sailors, handicapped or nor, finally come together," said Sydney Paralympics winner and world champion Heiko Kröger who initiated this step.

Two hundred and sixty boats are expected at the offshore races, organisers said.


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