Friday, July 14, 2017

Nylandska Jaktklubben Leads Finnish J/70 Sailing League

J70 Finland crew(Maarianhamina, Finland)- The first event of the Finnish J/70 Sailing League took place in Aland, Mariehamina over the first weekend of July- on an island in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden!  In the end, it was a very tight finish for the top two teams, Nylandska Jaktklubben and Åländska Segelsällskapet 1 Team.  After eleven races just three points separated these teams with Nylandska YC just beating out Åländska SS by three points to take the initial lead in the four regatta series.

“The race tracks are quick and short.  So, if you are not alert, the small mistakes can easily get you bogged down and you quickly lose many places. I have the impression that at least half of the teams managed to get a top three finish. This shows that every team really has the chance to win," said Nylandska YC team captain- Georg “Tusse" Tallberg.

“In fact, the league has taken a huge leap forward this year. The increase in the level of performance is similar to that of other sailing league countries, and the actual losers are the clubs and sailors who are not here,” Tallberg sums up.

J/70 sailing in FinlandÅländska SS was second and they are already planning to improve their game for the next event.   “It was not a good thing that NJK won the regatta in our home waters. But, we will return to the waters of Helsinki more and more, and we will do the same for them,” laughed Åländska skipper, Daniel Mattson.

The next event in the Finnish J/70 series takes place at Helsinki's Hernesaare from August 19th to 20th. Then, the league culminates in the finals competition at Helsinki's South Harbor on October 7th and 8th.

The Finnish J/70 Sailing League is sponsored by Nord Stream, Gazprom and SAP, as well as Evli, Freja, Henri Lloyd, Mercedes-Benz and Roltrade.  Sailing photo credits- Petri Korteniemi  Follow the Finnish J/70 Sailing League on Facebook   For more Finnish J/70 Sailing League information Add to Flipboard Magazine.