2020 Kieler Woche

Finally, on the road again! It’s not a statement that you had expected from sailors but after being refrained from racing a whole season it’s a nice feeling to be on the move.

Benjamin with the boats loaded and ready to drive from Viken at 06.00 in the morning on September 9. SWE 72, SWE 101 & SWE 2871

Kieler Woche was the first “real” regatta where the OK sailors from Viken manage to end up above the Covid-19 cut of participants. 50 boats was the maximum at this event, not because of the social distancing on the water but the space available on land! In total we were 6 Swedish boats that made it all the way to Kiel. The organisers were meticulous in their preparations. We all had to fill out forms and read instructions on what to keep in mind before, during and after the event. Needless to say, nothing was left unaddressed by the organiser and face mask were up from entering the gates until the boats were afloat. Once registered we had a badge giving access to the race area, a Covid-19 GPS bracelet tracking all our whereabouts and an arm band to check in and out when leaving the slip to go racing.

Day 1 – Thursday

Planned start of racing on day 1 was 13:00. With 5-6 nm of sailing before reaching race area KILO the organiser sounded the horn which signal that it was our time to launch at about 11:00. The sun was shining and the winds were beginning to build. As we were sailing towards the Kieler Bucht light house on the horizon the wind increased to a nice and steady breeze of about 10-15 knots. As the wind came over land it was a bit nervous with shifts and varying strength which would cater for competitive racing. We were sharing the race area with the Finns and they started ahead of us. After a few general recalls the regatta was finally under way!

Sailing was competitive and close. Mads Bendix was the leader at the end of day 1 with two firsts and a second. Best placing Swedes were Thomas and Benjamin.

Day 2 – Friday

The second day of racing started very much like day 1. Calm winds in the harbour and a nice warmth when the sun broke through the clouds. The flag on shore indicated that we would race on area KILO again. The routine was the same with the difference that the first start was scheduled for 12.00. Also this day the wind can from the SW and gradually increased as we sailed out to the race area. When the start sequenced commenced the wind had reached a steady 20 knots and three races were scheduled. A few boats decided to call it the day already before first start while other left to sail towards the harbour after a race or two. By 14 – 14:30 the wind had stabilise at 22-24 knots with gusts of 28 knots.

Mads Bendix once again showed his skills and proved that the day 1 results was by no means a coincidence. He repeated day 1 and scored two firsts and a second. The best performing Swedes were Thomas and Patric.

Mads Bendix was unstoppable also Day 2

Day 3 – Saturday

With winds forecasted to stay in the range of 20-30 knots we knew racing would be tough. The start was scheduled for 11:00 and with the precision we had gotten used to the signal to launch was sounded and we all got under way. That is, a few had already decided to stay on shore and save the body from getting beat up again. The sail to race area KILO was swifter than the previous days as the wind had increased earlier than the two previous days. The Finns started before the OK fleet and got a clear to go at their first attempt. Our start followed without hesitation and what would later become the last day of racing was under way. By the end of the day most boats including some of the top scoring boats had ended up capsized. The heavy wind took its toll and a few of us decided to head for shore before the last race. The high and gusty winds didn’t allow for any relaxation and the race towards the harbour for dry clothes and food proved as challenging as the racing in it self.

Bo Petersen was the winner of the day, scoring a first and a second, in the heavy winds. Best Swedes were were once again Thomas and Patric.

Bo Petersen – mastered the tough conditions best of all sailors on Day 3

Day 4 – Sunday

After three days off tough racing and even more wind expected on day 4 an unanimous decision to end the regatta after 8 great races was taken. A few of the top placing sailors started packing up and everyone followed suit. There was no Day 4 in this year’s Kieler Woche! Mads Bendix was the winner, followed by André Budzien and Thomas Hansson-Mild placing third.

Final top 15 results

The organisation of Kieler Woche is impeccable and its a regatta that every sailor with ambitions need to have take part in. Next time we all line up at the start we hope that the Covid-19 pandemic is something in the past and more sailor have the possibility to go racing and experience the great camaraderie in the OK dinghy class.

Auf wiedersehen Kiel!

We did not make the cut to sail DM, so we put together our own VM

In these Covid-19 times there are restrictions on number of participants in a sports event as we are all well aware of. Some of the OKViken sailors had planned to join the Danish Championships (DM) but when the numbers of participants allowed still remain below 100 we all missed out. To get back on the water and race we created our own VM – “Viken Mästerskap” aka the “Viken Worlds”.

Roll call in the morning of August 15. All photos are courtesy of © Anders Bjurö
Beautiful morning and light winds

The one day racing took place on August 15 in light winds and blazing sun. We managed 5 tight races with lots of actions on the water.

Pelle and his new beauty!
Tomas in SWE 215

Even if the racing was thight, Benjamin managed to score four 1:st when discarding one and Thomas had the most persistent performance with five 2:nd places. A special welcome to Håkan, the latest addition to the OK fleet in Viken. The total results:

1 – Benjamin Hammerö
2 – Tomas Franzén
3 – Christian Schaarup
4 – Håkan Söderberg
5 – Pontus Gäbel
6 – Pelle Wejmenhög
7 – Per Thorin
8 – Thomas Uziel
9 – Jonas Jemt
10 – Oliver Uziel (who unfortunately had to retire due to equipment failure)

Benjamin in SWE 72 – the winner of the one day event

We would like to thank all the volunteers that made it all happen! We were supported by a small and dedicated crew. Joachim Hammerö and Kristian Resvik ran the start and finishing with great precision. Master of ceremony, Stefan Edefäll was also in charge of the course while Anders Bjurö took amazing photos!

Stefan
Stefan lead the team arranging the one day event

See you on the water soon again!

Racing in Solröd Denmark

August 1, 2020

Three sailors made it across the Öresund bridge for a one day regatta in Solröd, south of Copenhagen. Boats were launched from the beach and racing took place only a few hundered meters away from the shore. The shallow water and wind reaching 6-7m/s provided best possible racing conditions with challenging chop upwind and good surf downwind. The race course was a classic Neapel and the reaching element was a welcome return for many of us.

SWE 215 getting ready for beach launch

The local sailing club, Solröd Strand Sejlklub, did an excellent job keeping up the pace and catering for tight racing. As most of us were eager to get away in one of the first opportunities to race this year, there were a few restart and back flag. For some of us it proved disastrous, but great learning!

Successful OK weekend in Viken – July 18-19

The latest OK fleet in Sweden arranged a weekend of sailing amid the Covid-19 pandemics. A day of racing arranged by WBS on Saturday and a training camp with a gate start and a simple two mark course on Sunday.

Photo: Sara Gäbel
Beautiful conditions in Viken

4 boats joined from the west coast joined the 7 locals. Three races were sailed under clear blue skies and moderate southerly winds. Thomas H-M won all three races tightly followed by the locals Benjamin Hammerö and Christian Scharup.

The winner gets all the tomatoes

On Sunday the sailing continued with more tight racing. The short distance from launching the boat until race start catered for maximum amount of time on the water to polish the skills. Once on shore everyone concluded that it was a successful weekend!

Big thanks to WBS (Vikens Båtselskap) for arranging the race and to our friends from the west coast for driving down!

A new OK fleet in Sweden!

Two new OK dinghies showed up on the water outside Viken in the summer of 2019. They relentlessly sailed for hours despite what type of weather and always sparked the attention of onlookers. A year later we can count 9 boats on the water a beautiful day!

Xmas sailing – a few brave men

Four OK dinghy sailors faced the winter weather and got on the water for some fun racing. The wind came from the east and over land, shifts and varying windspeed added to the excitement! With heavy overcast there was very little daylight and sailing had to take place mid day. The warmth of the sauna overlooking the training water was a welcome end to a successful xmas celebration.

Tomas, Pontus, Benjamin & Pelle on December 26:th.

Will there be Xmas sailing also in 2020?