KRISTIAN NERGAARD WINS SWEDISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Tomi Hakola Reports from the Swedish Open Championships 2003.
Åmål is a cosy Swedish town located on the west coast of Lake Vänern less than 4 hours from Stockholm. The organising club is small but really professional. Racing was excellent - the weather made a small negative input...The Swedish Championships attracted this year 19 boats(5 from Finland, 8 from Sweden and 6 from Norway).
Racing started on Friday with two starts and continued on Saturday with four races. On Sunday only two races were sailed. The weather on Friday was windy, a wind velocity of 6-9 m/s flavoured with rain. Friday was also a unlucky day for Sitting Duck,SWE508 who broke their mast. On Saturday the wind was 3-6 m/s and sunshine:-) But on Sunday the weather was cloudy, and foggy. The wind velocity was 2-5 m/s.
The reigning Swedish Champion from Finland, Marinel Mastervolt, were trying a double but it didn`t work out this time.
1.NOR 560 Kristian Nergaard(4,1,3,4,OCS,4,1,2)19pts
2.NOR 249 Kristoffer Spone(1,3,1,6,1,11,9,1)22pts
3.NOR 506 Micke Lindqvist(2,5,8,13,6,1,3,4)29pts
4.FIN 262 Joonas Päivärinta(OCS,2,9,1,5,2,4,7)30pts ***
9.FIN 529 Kari Heikkilä(5,4,11,9,8,10,14,13)60pts
10.FIN 214 Esa Harjulahti(12,12,12,10,4,7,8,10) 63pts
11.FIN 253 Jaakko Perimaa(10,11,4,7,7,8,18,DNF)65pts
14.FIN 434 Tomi Hakola(13,9,5,15,14,12,13,DNS)81pts