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Helge Spehr has sailed out of Segler-Vereinigung Kiel, Germany for about 45 years. He also often sails in regattas of the Kieler Yacht Club (KYC), Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV, Hamburg) and VSaW (Verein Segelhaus am Wannsee, Berlin), so has good connections to these clubs as well. Additionally he has many friends in smaller clubs in the north of Germany and Denmark.
He has sailed Stars since 2009, the first time in the European championship as a crew. His first personal Star was bought on Ebay. Presently he sails with his son Jesper in the Kieler Fleet (KF) of which he has been the Captain for two years. Kiel Fleet is close to the neighbor-fleets in Gluecksburg, Hamburg and Luebeck.
Spehr started to sail with his parents on big boats as a baby. His career began in the Opti, later Europe, and since 1985 in the Laser class. In the Lasers he placed 10th in the Eurocup-circus in 1987 to 1990, sailing nearly this whole time in Laser regattas. In 2008 he first bought a Star, #6878, followed by #7747 and now #8225.
Spehr is the CEO of a public utility in Rendsburg, Germany.