Sweden, Stenungsund 2009
18 - 19 April
by Greg wilcox
The spring regatta in Stenungsund was held over 2 days, the 18th and 19th of April. There were 35 entries however a few decided it was too cold or they were too old so 30 boats turned up.
The first days racing was held under sunny skies and a reasonable temperature of around 11 degrees. The course was the trapezoid type favoured by classes with a lot of time on their hands. We shared the course with Europe men and Europe women. The race officer had real problems to align the course properly and obviously decided that if he looked at it long enough it would sort itself out. Not to be. To be fair it was a quite shifty place as we were in a Sound. Still the waiting period was overly long.
Thomas won all 3 races on the first day however it was a bit closer than the results showed apart from the first race where most of the fleet were asleep waiting for the europes 4th general recall start when the OK flag (hidden on the committee boat) suddenly appeared.
Jan-Eric Nystedt and Christian Hedlund had consistent days along with Greg Wilcox. The others where a bit up and down. 73 year old Peter Aebeloe showed that you are never too old to return to the class after a long break with his comeback regatta being a big success for him.
Sunday was cold and windy. Only the tough went out. Actually it was a bit cold and the 5km upwind to the start line in 18knts was long but not too bad. However almost any excuse was heard to remain onshore. The best was a prominent danish sailmaker who complained he could not launch as there was an optimist in his way on the ramp. The softies drank coffee on the club house.
After the inevitable wait (only one hour this time) we started in around 15-18knts. Thomas was at this time on his way back to the course after a trip ashore to relieve himself. (drysuits are not good for this) Bengt Stromberg led at the first mark from Jan-Eric Nystedt (who always went the right way up the first beat) and Greg Wilcox (never the right way). Greg was first at the bottom mark and was never headed. Jan-Erik Engholm stormed through to 2nd to hold out a fast finishing Thomas.
Thomas and Greg decided that another hour wait for a 35 minute race was not worth it so they left the others to it for the last race.(was a great 5km run back with the wind increasing) Hans Elkjaer won from Jan-Eric with Jonas Andersson sailing well for 3rd.
The Swedish fleet seems to be growing after some stagnant years. It appears the great Bo-Staffan Anderson is also making a comeback this year for the Kalmar Worlds. He could not sail in Stenungsund due to a family illness but I am sure he will be at his best come July.
Many thanks to the Swedish for their hospitality. It was a very nice event in a stunning location. I can recommend this regatta to anyone who can make it.
|Pos||Sailno.||Name||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||1||SWE 100||Thomas Hansson-Mild||1||1||1||3||DNS|
|2||NZL 522||Greg Wilcox||8||2||2||1||DNS|
|3||SWE 66||Jan-Eric Nystedt||2||6||7||4||2|
|4||SWE 99||Hans Elkjaer||13||7||8||6||1|
|5||DEN 1368||Christian Hedlund||4||3||6||10||DNC|
|6||SWE 2782||Jan-Erik Engholm||16||4||3||2||DNC|
|7||SWE 2772||Ingemar Janson||3||21||11||9||6|
|8||SWE 2746||Stefan Fagerlund||9||20||4||16||7|
|9||SWE 2743||Lennart Hansson||7||11||21||12||8|
|10||SWE 2770||Jonas Andersson||20||23||12||7||3|
|11||SWE 222||Per Jaensson||18||13||17||5||10|
|12||SWE 123||Max Nystedt||12||28||23||8||11|
|13||SWE 2599||Lasse Hansson||10||17||20||18||9|
|14||SWE 11||Bengt Strömberg||23||27||16||13||4|
|15||DEN 1265||Malte Pedersen||15||19||15||14||12|
|16||DEN 4||Jørgen Holm||14||5||5||DNC||DNC|
|17||SWE 2741||Ulf Dagerbrant||OCS||9||DNF||11||5|
|18||SWE 2672||Bengt Larsson||5||8||22||DNC||DNC|
|19||GER 225||Juliane Hofmann||11||16||9||DNC||DNC|
|20||SWE 2591||Arne Malm||DNS||24||24||15||13|
|21||SWE 111||Bertil Eliasson||19||12||10||DNC||DNC|
|22||SWE 2780||Claes Ahlström||22||10||13||DNC||DNC|
|23||SWE 2740||Karl-Johan Östh||21||14||14||DNC||DNC|
|24||SWE 64||Jonas Lindahl||6||15||DNF||DNC||DNC|
|25||NOR 467||Jens Makholm||17||22||19||DNC||DNC|
|26||SWE 2721||Peter Rudblom||26||26||27||17||DNC|
|27||SWE 2019||Magnus Gillgren||24||25||18||DNC||DNC|
|28||SWE 2710||Anders Widding||OCS||30||25||19||DNS|
|29||SWE 2738||Peter Aebeloe||OCS||18||26||DNC||DNC|
|30||SWE 77||Björn Gustafsson||25||29||DNF||DNC||DNC|
|31||DEN 1363||Bo Staffan Andersson||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|31||SWE 2733||Thomas Olsson||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|31||DEN 1366||Svend Erik Molbech||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|31||SWE 266||Mats Petersson||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|31||DEN 1364||Jørgen Lindhardtsen||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC|