FINNISH CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT FROM TOMI HAKOLA
What a weekend! Throught out the weekend, excellent sailing conditions(blue sky, temp. over 20 degrees & wind velocity 2 to 6 m/s)at the same place where the Melges 24 2003 European Championships will be held.
The fight for the third Finnish Class Championships started already on Friday between three boat - Suunto, Marinel Patu and Hedpro. Overall it was great to see the whole 11 boat fleet sail a even and fair race. For most of the boats the race, althought it was a Championship event, was preparing the boat and crew for this years Worlds and next year's Europeans.
In the end Suunto / FIN 236 (Kenneth & Henrik Thelen, Jari Bremer, Jolle Blässar) took their third Class Champioship title with a really tight 1 point margin to Marinel Patu helmed by Antti Niiniranta.
Full results available from http://www.melges.org/data/champsD32002.htm