Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Arendals Wins Norway J/70 Sailing League Act III

J/70 sailing Norwegian sailing league (Stavanger, Norway)- While Olympic sailors were fighting for medals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so gathered Norway's best Sailing Clubs to participate in their third round of the Norwegian Sailing League at Stavanger Yacht Club in Stavanger, Norway.  The initial forecast was promising for the fifteen participating teams from across Norway- 10 kts from the West on Saturday, followed by a little less from the Northwest on Sunday, with Saturday being a bit wet and a sunny Sunday for all!

It turned out the weather forecasters in Oslo were quite accurate.  It was cold, wet and windy on the first day, with breezes hitting in excess of 20-25 kts on Saturday.  Then, Sunday provided light northwesterly winds all day to enable the Stavanger YC’s PRO to complete a total of 14 races for each team!

J/70 Norway sailing league winnersShowing their training has begun to pay big dividends, the Arendals team posted eight 1sts and five 2nds in their 14 races to win by four points over the Asgardstrand sailing club- also winning ten races but having a few bad ones to contend with.  Third was KNS (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening) only one point back from ASF.

“It blew so fresh on Saturday that some teams chose to sail without gennakers in their races. In the big winds, you can see an big difference between the best teams and those who are still climbing up the learning curve,” commented Didrik Godaker, PRO for Stavanger YC.

In the overall series, Åsgårdstrand SF currently leads by a single point over their arch rivals KNS.  ASF counts a 1st in Oslo, 2nd in Sandefjord and 2nd in Stavanger for 43 pts total (high point scoring).  Due to their important win in Stavanger, Arendals counts a 4-8-1 for 35 pts, vaulting from the bottom of the pack to third overall.  While it may be hard for Arendals to catch the two leaders in the finale on September 10th to 11th in Bergen, they will have to watch their backs since they are in a virtual four-way tie for third place; sitting in third with 35 pts, with RAN in fourth with 34 pts, Larvik in fifth with 33 pts and Trondhjems in sixth with 30 pts.  Bergen will be the game-breaker for one of these teams, that is for certain!!  Follow the exciting action soon in a fortnight!  For more J/70 Norwegian Sailing League information