The Battle of Kiel

1 07 2008

So our first night in Kiel turned into a bit of a crazy time. This was 4 days before the first day of racing, so we decided to go out with the other Brits en masse for a few beers and a catch-up.

In the middle of the sailing centre was a huge tent with bars, lounge area, and a big stage for gigs. There was a pretty good German cover band playing, which pulled in some big crowds. I was standing up front with Jus, listening to the band cover “Nothing else matters” by Metallica. Although it was a chilled out moment, there was a group of about 5 Germans moshing away and smashing into us and the guys around us. After a few big bumps, a German chav turned round thinking it was us, and pushed Jus looking for a fight. Jus wasn’t going to take this from a Jerrie, so he stood his ground and pushed him back. Now, I’m not one to get into fights and I generally hate confontation, but if anyone ever looks like he’s going to swing at my little bro, I’m always going to step in. So I push my way up to this guy and tell him to back off in my best German (“Achtung, Back off Fritz…”). Suddenly without warning, some guy standing next to me punches me in the side of the head, twice. What looked like a little bit of agro suddenly turned into a full scale brawl. I spun round and smashed the guy in the face, dropping him to the floor, as 6 German chavs piled in throwing punches at Jus and me. After a few seconds of ducking and counter punching (Jus ducked a punch from the first German, countering with a sweet right hook to Fritz eye) as we hastily tried to get out of the way, Matt Gotterel (know as Shrek), Simon Marks and a few other Brits jumped between us and the mob to take the pressure. To add to the mix, some German 420 sailors we were camping with jumped in on our side to defend us. Everything quickly calmed down as more brits and a few Germans jumped in to even things up, with the chavs deciding it was a bad idea to continue and left.

The whole thing lasted only about 10 seconds, but we were all pretty shocked at how quickly it all kicked off. These guys were there to pick a fight, and took the first opportunity they could find. Luckily no-one we knew was badly hurt, although Jus got a black eye and lost his Aviators and one of our German friends was taken to hospital with a cut chin. I guess it’s just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m glad to say that the chavs came off worse. Hopefully that’ll teach them a lesson not to start fights in clubs, but to be honest you’d think they would have learnt from history (if they actually went to school) what happens when they pick a fight with the English.

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11 responses

1 07 2008
m0shy

Germany chavs, doesnt get much worse. Was this at all related to them getting their arse handed to them in the Euros final on Sunday?

2 07 2008
Gavin

nice, how was the sailing? i tryed to look some stuff up online but there is nothing on this regatta besides a crappy site that hasnt been updated in a year. do you guys ever make it to the US? me and my buddy are planning our fall/winter and are looking for some smaller races to do. looking at CORK Fall regatta and Miami OCR right now with hopefully some winter training in florida. i live in minnesota so everything ices over here in the winter. oh well, we just go to ice boating mode for a few months! im going out of town for the 4th but when i get back next week il cut some clips up and load it on youtube for you. haha you can see how far we have to come!!

Gavin

2 07 2008
visser49erracing

@M0shy: Nope this was a week ago. They were just up for a fight and managed to find one. So glad they lost in the final though!

@Gavin: No wet do the euro events, although we are hoping to try for Miami OCR next year perhaps. Depends on funding really. Looking forward to the videos. Have you seen the ones we shot with a head cam? It didn’t really teach us anything (it was blowing 25knots) but it was pretty funny to watch back.

Next time I get to Minnisota you’ll have to show me ice yachting. that stuff looks amazing! Just stick some iceskates on the 49er and you can sail all winter 🙂

2 07 2008
visser49erracing

Oh, and i’m writing an event report later today 🙂

2 07 2008
Gavin

if you want to see a cool iceboating video i made on from a few clips from the DN North Americans this year. link is http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZXMx4cUfidE . enjoy

2 07 2008
Gavin

by the way i dont blame you for doing the euro events. thats our main problem right now, we have no boats to sail against and theres only a hand full of 49er regattas in the US and there always far away! like you said, depends on our funding. hopefully we can get to a few.

2 07 2008
Gavin

hey sorry for the repeated posts but like i said im going out of town and wanted to ask some questions i was thinking about. WE NEED HARNESSES! what kind do you guys use? we have like 420 harnesses but they have way to much stuff hanging off of them. then final question, when you guys derig at the end of the day do you drop the mast? we always have but it gets old so we were wondering if any 49er sailors like loosin the rig and just pull the mast all the way forward so its not bent or what. thanks again,

Gavin

2 07 2008
visser49erracing

if you don’t have a boat breaker, attach the trapeze wires to the trolley and let the forestay off and let the caps off. Just make sure your mast is nice and straight rather than pulled tight ad all bent.

We use banks harnesses, but any nappy harness would do. look at the one on top, that’s the one to use: http://www.banks.co.uk/harn.html

No problem. any questions you have, let me know 🙂

3 07 2008
Gavin

hey iv been looking at some harnesses and the only other nappy style harness i found was the zhik one here… http://www.zhik.com/ProductList.aspx?element=61&category=1&CategoryID=263 . should we give that a try? im going to try the thing with the mast next time we sail too. do you guys leave yours up most the time or is it probably not the best?

8 08 2008
Marksey

ha ha, boys boys boys, did they realy start it?????

it’s no exact quote but, “after a couple of beers i feel well up for a good fight”- Ryan Visser, Kiel 08, after leaving the piza joint and befor going for a mosh!

8 08 2008
visser49erracing

Yeah they started it Marksy, but that’s not to say I wasn’t dead happy that he took a swing at me 🙂

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