Iver Ahlmann, managing partner of ACO, has been an enthusiastic Musto Skiff sailor himself for 15 years and will be taking part in the World Championship. ACO is also appearing as a sponsor of Kiel Week for the first time this year. ACO has been the main sponsor of the Musto Skiff World Championship for ten years.
Iver Ahlmann, managing partner of ACO, has himself been an enthusiastic Musto Skiff sailor for 15 years and takes part in the World Championship. ACO is also sponsoring Kiel Week for the first time this year. ACO has been the main sponsor of the Musto Skiff World Championships for ten years. "The Musto Skiffs have been an integral part of Kiel Week since 2011 and participants from all over Europe are thrilled with the venue," said Iver Ahlmann, co-organizer of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship. "ACO has supported the event every year and it is now a great pleasure to be the title sponsor of the World Championship on the 'doorstep' of ACO headquarters."
ACO has a strong connection to water
As a world leader in drainage technology and an international company, ACO has a strong connection to water. ACO's headquarters in Büdelsdorf on the Kiel Canal is just a stone's throw from the North and Baltic Seas. The company develops and manufactures innovative products for the protection of the environment and groundwater. This fits in with the claim of a sustainable Kiel Week, which is increasingly focusing on waste avoidance and low-emission mobility.
At the Musto Skiff World Championship, athletes and spectators can look forward to exciting competition. With speeds of up to 20 knots, Musto Skiffs are the fastest single-handed sailboats in the world. Their design with trapeze and gennaker is unique, places high demands on the sailors and allows spectacular turning maneuvers. "With these boats you can sail faster than the wind, only a few boat classes can do that. The sail area is five times larger than in windsurfing. The challenge lies in balance and skill," describes Iver Ahlmann.
The sailor's skill alone determines success: since all Musto skiffs are built by the same shipyard and do not differ in shape and material, the sailor's skill alone is decisive for success in the competition. Iver Ahlmann: "This is fun and a community experience, even though everyone sails their boat alone. We sailors all have great sporting ambition and give each other nothing, yet we give each other tips and share our knowledge." For the former European vice champion, this world championship is a long-held dream come true. More than 20 years ago, the Musto Skiffs were developed in Kiel and are now returning home as a special sailing class with the competition at Kiel Week.
Those who want to cheer on the sailors of the Musto Skiff World Championship on site can experience the competitions live during Kieler Woche, from June 22 to 26 in Kiel/ Schilksee.