Another fantastic regatta weekend has come to an end, once again on the ice outside the city of Västerås. Conditions were very tricky, the clear black ice was hit by 5 mm wet snow the day before the event (plus another 5 mm early sunday morning) and got remarkebly sticky. Undeniably thin T-runner conditions.
30+ DN and 4 Ice Optimist sailors from Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands on the start line. Great to see quite a few new sailors and not the least juniors!
On Saturday (R7) we managed to complete 5 races in light shifty winds on a 1,2 km course outside Björnön. Many sailors had a hard time sustaining good speed but some of the guys handled the conditions brilliantly. S-8 Fredrik Lönegren was the fastest and won by a small margin ahead of D-112 Thomas Ebler. G-107 Bernd Zeiger was third and S-839 Axel Steffner won the junior class.
As mentioned earlier, on Sunday (R8) the ice was even stickier. It was quite a calm foggy morning and most sailors pushed their boats to the starting area some 3 km away from the launching site. But luckily the wind picked up and visibility improved just enough to start the racing. 5 races for the DNs and 4 races for the Ice Optimists were completed.
In the DN S-8 Fredrik Lönegren was in a class of his own finishing well ahead in most races and taking the overall victory ahead of S-794 Oscar Wersäll and D-112 Tomas Ebler. The DN junior class was as tight as it can be, First and second place S-829 Wilhelm Alness and S-839 Axel Steffner became tied on points with the rules favoring Wilhelm to take the overall victory.
S-45 Oskar Svensson won the Ice Optimist class ahead of S-46 Philip Lundblad.