Superb weather conditions provided 6 excellent races last weekend in Helsinki for the Finnish National Championship.
Over the course of the Championship 20 teams enjoyed a variety of conditions. The top 3 overall were FIN 92 Peter Von Koskull, FIN 64 Tom Jungell and GBR 408 Dimitry Bondarenko, but they had a fight to the very last race. 4th and 5th places were FIN 79 Sami Saloma and LAT 3 Anna Basalinka, who had their own battle in a very high quality fleet.
Two races were completed on day 1 sailed in a moderate breeze from the north. As the wind was from the land it was shifty, tricky and a good start did not mean much. The top teams did recover and both races had close and tight sailing to the finish.
Day 2 the wind was south west and building during the day, up to 20+ knts on race nr.4 had the most wind with nice waves, and exhilarating sailing. Two bullets from FIN 92 Koskull who had good speed and good tactical skills, gave them safe wins.
Day 3 started with light winds from 220, but was building up for second race (maybe up to 12 knts). Sun was out again and it was as good as it could get out there on the water. Race 5 was won by FIN 64 Tom Jungell and making the last race a proper battle in top 3. LAT 3 Anna Basalinka was second and before the last race points where even at 19 with FIN 79 Sami Saloma and RUS 32 Boris Latkin with 21 points little behind. Race 6 was as good, with proper fighting to the end and we all got what we wanted!
Happy faces on the shore with this good weekend! Next in the Gulf of Finland is St. Petersburg with Marbelhead and Open RUSSIA ch. in about 3 weeks time!
results – https://www.manage2sail.com/fi-FI/event/Helsinki2019?fbclid=IwAR33C5T1CY6g17NgFHgwbaZwahXaAT9aruwQmjKV-KxK1eHEekbowlzdCgw#!/results?classId=d074bcca-b946-4c23-b2ea-4f7c3c6c11d0