Dear Teams and visitors of the 2017 European Championships,

Siegfried Kaidel

The regatta course on the Elfrather See in Crefeld has proved to be a highly successful regatta venue in the past and one of Germany’s top rowing courses and has therefore been selected to host the European Junior Championships in 2017. Since its introduction into the International Racing Calendar in 2011, this Championship draws an ever-expanding field of starters. In recent years, entries have been made from 31 different Nations, all of whom want to take part in top class international competition.

Crefeld is one of the greenest cities in Germany and provides a great setting for both National and International rowing events. The Championship is the highpoint of the season for many of the young competitors, therefore I am particularly pleased to welcome all of the participants who have been preparing for this competition over the past weeks and months. I have no doubt, that the results achieved here and the experiences the athletes take away with them, will play a big role in their sporting career and its development.

The German Rowing Federation believes that the Regatta Club Niederrhein e.V. under the direction of Manfred Schehl, Christoph Lüke and Walter Jansen and the support of a vast number of volunteers, will deliver a successful Championships through their continued commitment and flexible approach to hosting the best possible event. I am sure that they will do a great job and am looking forward to some fantastic racing from the Junior Athletes.

I wish all rowers, coaches and teams the very best for the Regatta, where we hope to see great races fought out in fair conditions in Crefeld. See you on Elfrather See!

Grafenrheinfeld, May 2017


Siegfried Kaidel

President of the German Rowing Federation

Dear sportsmen and sportswomen,

Dear guests of the Junior European Championship,

Frank Meyer

On behalf of the citizens of Krefeld, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our city. I hope your time here will be full of exciting sports events and inspiring personal experiences.

I am very pleased that people from all over Europe are our guests on this great occasi- on. We have a long tradition as an open- minded city, with warm-hearted, welcoming inhabitants who are interested in other people. I am sure you will nd this out for yourselves during your stay here.

I would also like to invite you to explore the tourist aspects of our city. Besides the beautiful public gardens and parks, Krefeld is also known for its distinct architecture, both modern and historic, its exciting cultural attractions, good shopping facili- ties and commendable restaurants. Go out and explore and you will return home with plenty of good impressions.

Personally, I am looking forward very much to the contests which are taking place at Elfrath Lake this weekend. In addition to its attractive setting, this lake o ers perfect

conditions for rowing. Over the past months further construction and technical improve- ments have been carried out, with a view to ful lling a sportsperson’s every wish.

My thanks to the organizing team from Crefelder Ruder-Club and Regattaverein Niederrhein, who have devoted a lot of their free time, for over a year now, to preparing this Junior European Championship. It is largely due to their e orts that Krefeld is now rmly established on the international rowing map.

I wish every competitor fair, accident-free, successful races, and every guest a wonder- ful stay in our city.

With best wishes,

Frank Meyer

Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Krefeld
(Lord Mayor of the City of Krefeld)