Friday, July 14, 2017

Astrup Crowned GRUNDIG J/70 Nordic Champion!

J/70 sailing(Hanko, Norway)- Over the three-day weekend in Hanko, Norway, the Royal Norwegian YC (KNS) hosted the GRUNDIG J/70 Nordic Championship.  The racing took place just outside the island of Hankø and offered great course racing for the enthusiastic J/70 sailors. The island is located in the south-eastern part of Norway at the opening of the Oslo Fjord, not far from the Swedish border.  As anticipated, the fleet enjoyed good sea breezes from the southwest and generally good and fair sailing. The wind conditions were normally stable with no tidal problems.

The KNS cooperated with Hankø Yacht Club (HYC) to provide the J/70 teams with nine races over the three days!  It got windy enough that Team VISUAL ART RACING reported hitting their record speed yet of 21.2 kts in the big waves!  However, they were not fast enough to catch the train running away from them called NORWEGIAN STEAM.

In the end, after winning six of nine races, Eivind Astrup’s crew on STEAM walked off with their first GRUNDIG J/70 Nordic Championship with just 12 pts net.  Although fast, and very consistent (never finishing out of the top four in any race), the VISUAL ART RACING team took the silver after posting mainly 2nds and 3rds with 19 pts net. Rounding out the podium was SWE 713 TYRA with a total of 30 pts net.  Check out and follow the Norwegian J/70 class on Facebook.  For more GRUNDIG J/70 Nordic Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.