|Success also in our second race!|
|Written by Leif R-S|
|Sunday, 10 June 2007|
Volvo Suursaari Race of 155 nm on June 8 - 10, 2007 was again a success for us, as we renewed our victory from last year. Tom Finell's Fortina Fun got beaten with a silly one minute in corrected time, after having been in the lead with an almost four minutes margin at the last reporting point Hramtsow some 9 miles before finish. Minnamari finished third in the class.
Our new reaching spinnaker from WB-sails performed excellently, and thanks to this we could leave our competitors behind us in tight reaches.
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The race showed again its typical features with very weak and tricky winds on the eastern side of island Suursaari. The first half of the race went well for Tarantella, and we succeeded even in rounding Kotkan Portti on the way down as the first boat in the whole regatta. That has never happened us before. But at the eastern side of Suursaari, the weak wind fainted totally away, and we waited for the others to come. At least 100 boats gathered there, until some local gusts developed close to the shore. Thanks to these it was possible to get around the island. Minnamari, Fortina Fun and Merinna were more lucky than we in the unpredicted winds and bypassed us.
Not until after Suursaari we bypassed Fortina Fun, Merinna and Minnamari. At Kotkan Portti Minnamari was left 2 minutes and Fortina Fun 9 minutes behind in sailing time. Merinna took the straight route from the south end of Suursaari along the western side of the island, and was stuck there for a long time with all other boats that tried the same. Merinna rounded Kotkan Portti 45 minutes behind us. Even though the western side was the windward side, and it was afternoon at a sunny day, there was no wind. We took a tack out to the sea, and succeeded in bypassing the calm. So did also Minnamari and Fortina Fun.
We had an excellent beat down to Borgå Kalbåda, and succeeded in in leaving our competitors far behind us.
In the prize giving ceremony on Tuesday 12.6, it came also clear, that Tarantella was the fastest boat over all in the IMS-classes, and we were awarded the IMS Over All Trophy.
Tarantella was also the fastest Swan boat in the regatta, and was awarded the Swan trophy.
Results, see the Volvo Suursaari Race homepages .
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