Once again Hanko and HSF showed the best sides of summer and sailing for the more than 200 boats attending the biggest annual sailing regatta in Finland. During the three days everyone could enjoy the good races, sun, wind and good after sail partys. Results are available on the Hanko Regatta webpage. Photos from Friday (LYS start, race area C and D). Photos from Saturday (race area D) Photos from Sunday (2,4mR, Formula 18 and race area C) Photos...
Visited Peter Granström at Tammisaaren Veneveistämö for the third time to follow up with progress of restoration of the 6mR Renata. At the moment the hull looks like a skeleton, which is getting a new spine as the new keel stock and stem are being installed. A lot of caution is also set in restoring the original shape of the hull as it has changed during its long life since 1927. The original drawings have been compared to the 3D model of the hull and some deviations have been found. Peter Granström...
Last offshore race of the season 2014 in Finland. Name of the race "Karvalakki" means "fur hat", which you can recognize in many of the 133 photos taken during the warm and partly sunny day. Results.
Champion of Champions at NJK is an annual weekend event where the Finnish champions in different classes meet at the end of the season. This year the real big Champion is from the X-35 class - Anssi Lydén with his team Susanna Kukkonen, Timo Kari and Erik Mansner. The six best teams: X-35 DN Folkboat Dragon 606 First 31.7 All results at NJK webpage.
Last of the season 2014 Center Cup at NJK Match Racing Center. Forecasted strong wind of 12-14 m/s in the darkening Tuesday night attracted five teams to race in really cold 10 deg Celsius temperature. The gusty wind set its challenges and the teams had to do their best to master the tricky conditions.
Brändö Seglare organized the Finnish Championship for the 606 class and 29 boats were competing during the three day long race weekend. Although it was September already the wind was light and weather quite warm during the whole event. The Finnish Champions are Staffan Lindberg with Emil Nordlund from ÅSS. Photos are from Saturday third race. Results.
The soon 50 year old 505 class had their Nordic Championship in Helsinki organized by HSK. Photos are from Saturday, second day, first race. Clear sunny weather with 5-7 m/s wind from east following the sun. Final results. Also met (once again) my photographing fellow Kari Wilén, who happens to be a sailor from the only Finnish team which ever won a World Championship medal in this class. This happened 1972 in Hanko, Finland.
The restoration of 6mR yacht Renata continues at Ekenäs Båtvarv. The hull has been measured with high precision and compared to the original drawings. Boat builder Peter Granström has now made the first parts of new wood from Touchwood BV in the Netherlands. These are the parts that form the lengthwise shape of the hull, so the precision and connection angles between the parts are critical for a successful renovation. Sailpix will be following the project. Earlier photos (part 1).
First time in many years, own class championship weekend for the growing Finnish 5m fleet. Still some being renovated, but this class is absolutely growing in Finland. Light wind during the both races, but the approaching rain front gave a dramatic background for photography and some good wind for the sailors at the end.
First day at the Nordic Folkboat Finnish Championship organized by HTPS. Perfect sailing weather in warm breeze from South-west at Kruunuvuorenselkä in Helsinki. Photos are from the first day of total three. Two boats from Naantali, with Herman Saari and Roni Saksi at helm, leading after the first day. Results.