Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tjorn Singlehanded Race- the BLUR Experience

J/111 Blur in Tjorn Singlehanded Race (Tjorn, Sweden)- Continuing on his adventures of sailing the Tjorn Runt on his J/111 BLUR.SE, Peter Gustafsson made the absolutely inspirational decision to tackle the Tjorn Singlehanded Race at a moment’s notice.  Here is his amusing story:

“Quite often sailing can be spontaneous and simple as it is fun. That tedious journey which suddenly became a race, or that holiday race in which you won a beer at the bar afterwards.

One of those experiences was to sail solo around Tjörn on Sunday after Tjörn Runt!  Now that was a spontaneous idea!  The desire to be free, to get out onto the ocean, that fantastic feeling of freedom with 100% focus on your own sailing.

This year we 27 boats had registered for the race, but only 18 came to start, which is quite ok. It is not surprising that some felt a bit of concern or adversity when the alarm clock rings early in the morning to get you rolling to the start and it's ‘pea soup’ fog outside the harbor entrance. But, for those who adventured forth, it would be better soon ...

The wind direction was SE for the start, just like Saturday's Tjörn Runt. So, it felt safe to come out in the fjord east of Bratton. Here, many boats chose to go "all in" and take the far east.  Meanwhile, myself and three others pushed southwards as soon as we could.

My analysis was that the pressure was standing in the middle of the fjord, and the sooner I could get there the better. The balance was to run near Tjörn to avoid current or position yourself for the wind to fill in from the east (or south).

J/111 Blur sailing upwindI started off with the J0 (e.g. a “Code Blade”) hoisted to the masthead and attached to the middle of the fully extended pole.  It looked a bit odd, but in the light wind, I could get good VMG upwind and it worked fine.  Plus, I can solo faster with this combo, going between this, the Code 0 and the jib in a sensible, easy way.

At Soa and Galten, I got out of phase with several competitors and I could take a long tack into the middle of the fjord for better wind. It was slightly more out there, about 4-5 m/s.  So, I could quickly change over to the jib and stretch south in a wind that slowly turned eastward. Perfect timing for a passage at Gråholmarna!  I passed my chief rival Jonas, who had to tack and follow me in my wake.   With a little drop in the breeze, I could then change over and roll out the Code Blade again and extend my overall fleet lead towards Dyrön.

At Tjörnekalv, I could hoist the big A2 gennaker.  Some boats that I passed must have wondered what they were doing, but I got away without broaching with the big gennaker and I was leading everyone (even early starters) out of the Bredbåden.

A good jibe quite far west placed me on the west side Härön with a good angle. Qixi went into Kyrkesund but was way behind. Cheetah 3-4nm distance behind, but with good angles on Qixi.

I had a safe drop of the gennaker with the snuffer.  Now, it was back to the Code 0 and charge eastwards, further extending my lead.  God I love this J/111!  So easy to sail fast!  My bigger competitors must have been quite frustrated by now.

But at the Horse Cut turning point, I realized that something was not quite right.  I could see across the island archipelago that an Arcona 380 (on the way to Ellos about 3 legs behind me, I assumed) was sailing in a much different wind. East wind? Or, is something else happening?  As I start to think about it more, minute-by-minute the wind quickly subsides to nothing.  A complete calm.  A glass out!  Oh no!  What is going to happen next?

After half an hour, I see Cheetah come rushing up behind me very quickly.  However, soon we are both in ‘the dead zone.’  No wind, or very, very little. Drifting, really.

Then, more and more boats begin to appear behind us, one by one, until the entire fleet of boats is concentrated again.  Crap!  A complete restart 2/3 the way into the race.  So much for my gigantic lead and all that hard work!

We begin to see a black sky forming off to the northwest. Does that mean something?  Squall?  Or, just rain and no wind?  Honestly, I’d prefer a storm by now!

It's quite tricky sailing towards Skåpesund, so I decide to drive safe and sail conservatively. I know I am hopelessly last in the SRS Handicap scoring right now because of the “fleet compression”.  So, I take the spinnaker down in good time, and I go directly to the jib.

It's pitch black all around us behind the bridge, and I look for more breeze on the water in front of me.  Nothing.

J/111 Blur sailing Tjorn Singlehanded race upwindThen, I turn around and look behind me. The whole fleet is coming at me with spinnakers up.  Don’t panic, I remind myself.  Wait.  Something is about to happen.  Looking at the black sky again, I can see the wind is ticking rapidly around the clock and increasing in speed even more rapidly!  White caps form fast.  The wall of wind hits Cheetah, not good.  She goes into a massive broach with the spinnaker up, I can see the skipper with the tiller under his chin in an attempt to bear off.  It’s not working, a big problem when you are single-handing!  The proverbial ‘crap’ has hit the fan!

I turn around for one last time to look at the peaceful, colorful panorama of boats with their spinnakers filling the horizon behind me.  It’s a spectacular painting- color, sun, black clouds advancing, white caps building rapidly behind and around them. Now, I know that it's much too late for those boats to get a nice takedown...  I wish I had a time-lapse video of the carnage behind me- spectacular wipeouts everywhere.  I hope they are OK.

Sometimes it plays to be safe, right!? :-)

The black squall made for a very messy short cross under the bridge.  It was blowing at least 8-12 m/s and gusting even higher to 15 to 18 m/s.  Chaos everywhere.  Torn sails. Broken boats.  Bruised egos.  Oh well, that’s sailing.

I am home safe and sound.  I didn’t win, but in spirit I had won.  I sailed fast, was first boat on elapsed time against much bigger competitors, sailed safe and lived to tell the tale!  I still got 11th overall on corrected time despite the madness going on behind me!"  Follow more of the J/111 BLUR.SE's adventures here.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

J/34 IOR Crushes Green Islands Race

J/34 IOR boat Knee Deep sailing off Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)- The J/34 IOR KNEE DEEP just keeps on ticking, too!  Recently, Brett & Katie Langolf’s KNEE DEEP won the 2016 Green Islands Race hosted by Port Clinton Yacht Club. 

According to Brett, “The race was sailed in very light air- we were very thankful for our YETI cooler keeping the drinks cold!!

Overall, the boat had great boat speed up and down the course to outpace the other PHRF boats.  Thanks to our guest skipper,  Ryan Kyle!”  Sailing photo credit- Shutterglo

Australian J/70 Fleet Growing!

J/111 JOUST- owner Rod Warren (Melbourne, Australia)- The J/111 owner of JOUST in Melbourne, Australia- Dr Rod Warren- recently sent a nice note to J/HQ Newport this past week.  According to Rod,

“We just ordered a new J/70 for practice!  We can’t wait to get out on her soon!  We are also looking forward to San Francisco next year for the J/111 Worlds!

We also wanted to let you know that we had the pleasure of sailing with two of the Johnstone family at the recent J/111 Worlds in Cowes, England. As the Australian team, we needed to get some local knowledge of the tricky conditions on the Solent. We were surprised and delighted that Stu Johnstone was suggested, until we heard that he had lived there for five years while setting up J/Boats Europe and won many events! But, there was an even better bonus!  We got Stu’s lovely wife Julia to come along, another brilliant sailor, and a huge help on organizing the pointy end of the boat!

From the get go we had a blast, from trying to fit an entire J/111 crew into a Jeep, to sharing a house in Cowes and, of course, the sailing. This was a windy regatta (about 15-25 kts, gusting 30) and we had great downwind speed, thanks to Stu’s planing lessons!

One of the great things about J/Boats has to be the family that makes the boats we love. Stu & Julia’s willingness to join our crew, sight unseen, and contribute so generously, and with such great humour, sets them apart.  Stu’s stories about sailing with his friends Heather and Joe on their J/70 MUSE was inspirational.  So, we just bought a J/70 as a practice boat for our J/111!  We hope we can also help grow the J/70 fleet in Melbourne to sail against some of our Sydney friends, too!”

Friday, September 23, 2016

Exciting J/24 Downeast Regatta Finale!

J/24s sailing Downeast RegattaLITTLE MARTHA Missed Life ON THE BEACH!
(Portland, ME)- The 30-4-30 Anniversary J/24 Downeast Regatta was exceptionally fun for all those hardy and lucky souls who made the trek to Portland, Maine for this early fall classic.  The outcome of the regatta was determined on the final leg of the last race, with Lee Buress’ ON THE BEACH narrowly beating Chis Clancy’s LITTLE MARTHA at the finish for the overall regatta title and bragging rights for another twelve months as “King of the Down’east’ahs”!

After the first two races on Saturday, it was anyone’s guess what the ultimate outcome was going to be for veterans of this Gulf of Maine event.  Buress’ crew had a 3-1, while Clancy had a 4-2, Mark Gardner’s JAM had a 2-4 and Denman/Smith’s AIRODOODLE from Marblehead, MA had a 1-12!  That was the top five after the conclusion of the day’s racing on Saturday.  Meanwhile, the rest of the top crews had scorelines all over to hell and back!

Clearly, some crews may have had too good a time, perhaps much too good a time, on Saturday night.  As Sunday dawned, it was self-evident some crews appeared to be navigating through the “fog” on a clear, sunny day!  That perspective was manifest in their extraordinarily insane scorelines.  Gardner’s JAM got “jammed”, dropping two 12ths to nose-dive down the standings.  Denman/Smith’s roller-coaster ride kept doing just that, posting a 3-20!  Consequently, ON THE BEACH sailed clean and fast to win with LITTLE MARTHA second.  Third went to John O’Rourke’s SPOOKY, fourth going to former high-flyer JAM and fifth going to a steadily improving Tim Corbett’s ESKIMO SISTERS.  For more J/24 Downeast Regatta sailing information

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Breault Two-Peats US Sailing Women’s Match Race Champs

Nicole Breault- sailing J/22 match race (Annapolis, MD)- This past weekend in Annapolis, Nicole Breault (San Francisco, CA) became only the second skipper to win back-to-back U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championships in event history. Breault, the reigning defending champion from last year’s event in Balboa, California, defeated hometown sailor Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), 3-0, in Sunday afternoon’s final series on Chesapeake Bay. The 2016 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship was hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club, Friday through Sunday, in the J/22 class sailboat.

Breault- winner of J/22 Match Race Women's champsBreault was joined by a talented crew comprised of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco, Calif.), Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, Calif.). Carapiet and Loutzenheiser won with Breault in last year’s championship. Also, for the second straight year, Zarkowsky’s team ran into Breault in the Finals and finished runner-up.

“We won because of teamwork,” stated Breault. “You can’t under estimate that part of the game, especially with all the maneuvering you want to do, you need it delivered, and I couldn’t do it without them.”

Breault will be racing at the 2016 World Sailing Women’s Match Racing World Championships in Sheboygan, WI on September 19-25.

“I’ve been looking for a chance to race against Stephanie (Roble) and her whole team, and I’ll see her in Sheboygan,” commented Breault.  Roble is the top ranked U.S. women’s match racer.

J/22 women's match race regattaThe team from the Bay area was dominant throughout the three-day event. In the three Round Robin stages, they were 5-0, 4-1 and 5-0, respectively. They won their semifinal series, 3-0, over Robyn Lesh (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) to advance to the finals. Lesh upended Morgan Wilson, 2-0, in the petite finals to take third place.

The first Round Robin was conducted on Friday and the second and third Round Robins took place Saturday. The knock-out rounds were raced on Sunday.

Breault, who was introduced to match racing in 2008, is ranked #2 in the country for women’s match racing. She also won the Nation’s Cup in 2015.  Previous winners of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship include an impressive list of the top women sailors in recent U.S. history. Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Stephanie Roble, Genny Tulloch, Liz Baylis, and Debbie Cappozi have all won this US Sailing National Championship.

Breault offered her perspective on how women can participate in match racing – “Women who want to match race now have two options. The first is to take full advantage of open division events around the country. The open division of match racing is not reserved for men, it is open! The only advantage male sailors might have over female sailors is their higher (on average) strength-to-weight ratio. On smaller boats, this advantage does not mean much, and on larger boats, athletic women on a smart team can still win. Besides, mixed-gender crews can be more fun!”

Next up for Nicole is St Francis YC’s Rolex Big Boat Series starting Thursday as main/tactician, sailing on husband Bruce Stone’s J/105 ARBITRAGE.  Then, a week later her match racing team reassembles to compete in the Women's International Match Racing Championship in Sheboygan, WI.  For more US Sailing Women’s Match Race Championship sailing information

J/111 BLUR.SE Eclipses Tjorn Runt Race

J/111 Blur sailing Tjorn Runt race (Tjorn, Sweden)- The J/111 BLUR.SE has been notorious for having fun, going fast and collecting a remarkable string of silverware over the past three seasons in European offshore circles sailing fully-crewed, singlehanded and doublehanded events.  Here is Peter Gustafsson’s latest adventure in the Tjorn Runt Race (an around the island of Tjorn) in Sweden.

“Tjörn Runt was a good opportunity to gather the gang again, and it was noticeable on the Friday training and in the bar of Kookaburra--- everyone was happy to be seen, and get together to sail again....

Besides, we liked the weather forecast. Light winds with the possibility of some downwind at sea suits us quite well. It is not that we need it, but with a gennaker so it is nice to be able to sail their angles at sea, rather than being forced to sail dead downwind in narrow straits or narrow fjords. It's more fun if everyone can sail their boats to 100%.

It was 3-4 m/s when we cruised out to the course, but when it was time for the start, it was completely dead. Both where we wanted to start, the far east at Stenungsön, but also down to the west side. It was just the boats in the middle with Edin Progressive, like the J/111 DACAPO that ran away from us.

J/111 Blur sailing on reach- Tjorn Runt RaceWhen we finally got some wind, it was just time to start hunting down our leaders. After our start, went under Tjörnbron.  We know we go fast and have good boat handling. To take a chance on something different than all the others would too high a risk so early in the race.

We stretched our legs and went fast to Bratton, where we (and almost everyone else) took a route east to get around the island. Then, we went south on a long port tack board.

We were right in the bottom of the pressure that was on the east side and did not have much to gain from stepping up a notch to the west. Now it was just step hard on the gas and go south fast; our position in the middle along with the leading boats in our class felt quite ok.

We picked an experimental Code 1, which did not appear to work properly, and when we could change to our Code 0, we picked up the second J/111 DACAPO.  But, soon, they pulled out a whopping Code 1 and snatched away the lead from us again!!  We were not happy!

When the wind angles opened a bit again, we went to the A3 and could run on the rhumb line.  At this time, DACAPO sailing with her Code 1 had to go high to maintain good VMG. When we switched to our A2 monster running gennaker, we had an even better angle on DACAPO and the fleet, sailing lower and faster to lengthen our lead on them.

In fact, our distance over our competitors had become quite large and we had really managed to make the most of the transition engines.  It might seem luxurious with a big downwind wardrobe, but you pay the penalties fairly sharply in their SRS handicap numbers- since the rating are based on the fact that you can get 100% of each sail + making changes just in the right position.  In any case, our changing from J0 to C0 to A3 to A2 could not have gone any better.

At Dyrön, we had to make two gybes and managed to leap into third place on elapsed time.  Not bad!  And, we continued to build our distance on the boats behind us like the J/111 DACAPO.

We knew it was a conservative move, but we still thought it felt safe to run the rhumbline with our 105% jib. In retrospect, we could perhaps have gone faster on the flat gennaker- the J0, but that meant making a couple of changes.  But, if we had done it, we could have sailed a bit more aggressively for speed.

Nevertheless, we made it to Kälkerön in good shape relative to our competitors and we could now safely roll out the big Code 0 again and aim for the finish line.  We knew we had sailed well, and had beaten the boats we had an eye on!”

In the end, Gustafsson’s J/111 BLUR.SE won, beating her sistership home by 9 min 43 sec on corrected time.  Significantly, the J/111 sailed the course 2 min faster on elapsed time than the First 40, 5 min faster than the Ker 39, 5 min faster than an XP-44 and 35 min faster than an IMX 40!

According to Peter, “it was awesome fun to nail the big class against all good boats. We nailed the 40-foot class in 2009 with our J/109, and it was fun to nail the class again!” Sailing photo credits- Elisabeth Stensby  For more J/111 BLUR sailing information

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

COUGAR Fights For J/24 North American Crown

Women's J/24 Sea Bags Sailing Team (Port Credit, Ontario, Canada)- You could not have scripted a more dramatic, anxiety-ridden finale to the 2016 J/24 North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada.  After nine races, Will Welles’ COUGAR and Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER/ SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM were tied at 28 points, with Welles winning the tie-breaker and the Championship.  The hot local Canadian team, Rossi Milev’s CLEAR AIR, lived up to their billing, pushing the two leaders hard throughout the regatta but ultimately taking the final position on the podium to take the bronze with 49 points.

J/24s sailing off Toronto, OntarioDay One- Gorgeous Opener
Welles’ COUGAR bookended two bullets on the opening day. Despite an 8th in Friday’s middle contest, Welles’ first-place tallies in races one and three gave him 10 points and the early advantage in the 46-boat fleet. Even Petley-Jones’ LIFTED stood three points back in second (8,2,3), and Odenbach was in third with 16 points (9,5,2).

Teams tolerated a brief on-water postponement in the morning, until the breeze filled at 6-8 knots. Following Welles in the first battle were local Milev’s CLEAR AIR and James Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT. Todd Fedyszn’s SPOONY TACTICS earned line honors in the next race, trailed by Petley-Jones and Milev. Welles secured the day’s overall lead by winning the last meeting, as Odenbach recorded his best finish thus far with Petley-Jones rounding out the top three.

J/24s sailing North AmericansDay Two- Thriller @ Sea
Saturday saw building winds and waves over the four races that provided exciting surfing finishes and changes to the leaderboard.

Winning a bullet in Race 6, Odenbach (20 points total) moved into first place with 1 point better than Welles’ (21 points).  Going into Sunday, there was a tie for third place between Petley-Jones LIFTED and Milev’s CLEAR AIR with 34 points.  At that point, the weather looked promising to finish the last three races in the series.

Will Welles' COUGAR- winners of J/24 NA'sDay Three- The final battle
Race 8 started in shifty northwesterly winds building through 15 knots, with Welles taking the bullet to move into first overall. Race Committee PRO Pat Limburger, with one more race available, posted course number 5 with the fleet finishing in front of Port Credit Yacht Club. Race 9 saw Fedyszyn first, Odenbach in third and Welles in sixth— just enough to secure the overall victory. The Masters Trophy went to Chris Stone’s VELOCIDAD. Top female skipper was Natalie Harden’s GIGGLES and Top Female Crew was Erica Beck-Spencer’s SEA BAGS WOMENS SAILING TEAM from Portland, Maine. Top Junior was Michael Howarth’s MR. H.  Behind the top three teams, it was Petley-Jones’ LIFTED in fourth place and Aidan Glackin’s MENTAL FLOSS in fifth place.  For more J/24 North American Championship sailing information

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

KNS Golden @ Norwegian Sailing League Final

Norway J/70 Sailing League action (Bergen, Norway)- Kongelig Norsk Seilforening (KNS) won the last Norwegian Regatta in Bergen last weekend (10-11 September) and in doing so took the overall league title for this season. Congratulations!! Åsgårdstrand Seilforening finished 2nd and Ran Seilforening placed 3rd in the overall ranking.

Going into the final Sunday of the Bergen Act IV, it was Åsgårdstrand that led the overall series score over KNS.  However, when Sunday's last race was complete, the KNS team had complete “flip-flopped” the finish order, not only winning the Bergen regatta by only one point but also taking the overall win in the process by one point!!

Norway J/70 Sailing League winners- KNSIt was Trondhjems Seilforening that proved to be the big spoiler for ASF’s aspirations to win the overall title.  By sailing fast and smart in the last 5 races in Bergen, they took second for the regatta, dropping ASF back into third place- the difference that shifted them out of contention for the overall series win! Bronze in the overall series went to Sunday to the RAN Sailing Club, fourth went to Arendals and fifth went to Trondhjems SF.

“This was very tight racing and NSF congratulates the three who secured medals in this first season of the yachting League. Well, actually, so we must all congratulate all the teams that participated in the first full round of yachting League in Norway!” says Espen Guttormsen, Secretary General of the NSF.  For more Norwegian J/70 Sailing League information

J/24 World Championship Preview

J/24 Worlds- Japan (Wakayama, Japan)- Forty-four J/24 teams are gathering together from eight nations for the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The competition begins Monday, September 19 and continues through Friday, September 23 for the entrants representing Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA.  The host, Wakayama Sailing Club, is excited to host this major event for the first time in over a decade in Japan.  Teams are already in Japan practicing and preparing for the regatta.

J/24s sailing upwindThe talent-laden fleet has an amazing cross-section of J/24 teams from around the world.  For example, the Australian National Champion, “the Black Prince of Sandringham”- David Suda, is making an appearance on the equally infamous PACEMAKER.  Then, past multiple European Champion, Stu Jardine, will be bringing along a bunch of his fast mates from the United Kingdom to sail yet another incarnation of TEAM STOUCHE UK!  From Germany is Stephan Mais’ RUNNING MEN and Dan Frost’s JJ-ONE.  From Korea’s fleet in Seoul are June Lee’s SUP SUP HAE, Nabyul Ha’s SUMMER SANTA, and Cheol Park Ki’s ULSAN COLLEGE.  Vladimir Borstnar’s SINGAPORE is sailing for Singapore, of course.  The four USA teams are formidable quartet, including the freshly-minted 2016 J/24 North American Champion Will Welles on COUGAR.  Welles’ nemesis that tied him on points for the N.A. title in Toronto, Canada will also be racing- Travis Odenbach’s SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM.  Finally, two top West coast boats will be in the mix, like Mark Laura’s BABA LOUIE from Seattle, WA and Mike Johnson’s PEARL.

The Japanese fleet is showing up with over twenty boats on the starting line.  Familiar teams include Tokuma Takesue’s GEKKO, Tuji Hiromoto’s WHITE SQUALL, Yoichi Matsumoto’s JELLYFISH and Hidetaka Nakanishi’s BLACK PEARL.  For more J/24 World Championship sailing information

Monday, September 19, 2016

The “Crow's” Become Swedish Sailing League Champions

J/70s sailing Swedish Sailing League (Gothenburg, Sweden)- The Swedish Sailing League held its grand finale last weekend in Göteborg. The overall winner was Cape Crow Yacht Club, the team performed consistently well in every regatta this season and the title was well deserved.  Kongelig Svenska Segelsällskapet (KSSS Royal Swedish YC) took 2nd and Ekolns Segelklubb was 3rd.  It was an exciting weekend racing in the area off Långedrag/Göteborg, with conditions ranging from flat calm to full on fresh breezes!

All weekend long, the KSSS Royal Swedish YC team was determined to repeat their championship title from 2015.  However, despite the fact they dominated the regatta, they still could not accumulate enough points over the Cape Crow YC team to pull off the overall win.

In the end, for the club from Hönö outside of Gothenburg, it was truly a team victory. They used 13 sailors in the season's four Acts and after the first weekend in Långedrag had a safe lead.  CCYC brought in Anna Östling for the final Act IV, who is currently ranked number one in the world in women's match racing tour, to be one of their top helms.

Cape Crow YC wins J/70 Swedish Sailing League“I’m glad I got a chance here. The others in the team had set it up so well for us.  Going into the last round our team had a good lead, so for me it was just great to be a part of this awesome team,” Anna said after the victory.  “It has been an exciting weekend on the water off Långedrag with sometimes a lot of wind and sometimes no wind at all.”

Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), who were second in the overall series, were hoping to challenge for the overall victory.  Indeed, they sailed well all weekend and won the weekend's Act IV.  But, the Cape Crow team also sailed well and finished second in the regatta- where they always kept a watchful eye on the Royal Swedish Yacht Club.

“It has been very fun to meet the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. They had also mixed many different people into the team, just as we did,” said the Cape Crow sailing team after the race.

Royal Swedish Yacht Club skipper Mikael Lindqvist commented, “We are pleased with our performance, winning the fourth act and the way we won the regatta in the medal race. We did what we had to do, but it was not enough for overall victory this time, so we take our hats off to the ‘Crows’!”

Third place in the Allsvenskan was taken by Ekolns Sailing Club from Uppsala - i.e. one position worse than last year when they were second, very close behind Royal Swedish Yacht Club.  For more J/70 Swedish Sailing League information