FAIR WEATHER ROUNDS OFF A TIGHTLY FOUGHT OUT ORC EUROPEANS IN GDANSK
North Sails clients top the scoreboard in three divisions!
Eighty-two boats from 14 nations came to Gdansk, Poland to compete in the ORC Europeans last week. With wet and windy conditions, competitors duked it out all week sailing six races over four days. The sun finally appeared at the end, giving sailors two final races in beautiful weather and a steady breeze, completing the series where the ORC European Champion would be decided. Keeping things interesting, the first race of the series was a distance race offshore. Five inshore buoy races followed, allowing for a different type of sailing experience where sailors used their local knowledge, fine-tuned crew work, and short course tactics to get around the race course.
In Class A, Tea Ekengren’s Swan 45 Blue Nights scored 2-2-1-2-2-(6) giving them a 5 point lead ahead of Erik Berth’s Tarok VII in second place. Class B saw the X-41’s dominate the top end of the fleet, with all podium places being of this class. Martin Estlanders’ Xini Freedom came out on top with only a 2 point lead on second placed Dockenhuden skippered by Thomas Jungblut, who was also only 1 point ahead of third place Premium, with skipper Priit Tammemägi, completing the top 3. Patrick Forsgren’s Pro4u/Malin took the title for class C with 1-1-3-(8)-1-3.5 on the scoreboard, with Kaivar Tuulberg’s Katariina II following closely behind in second place.
Overall, the ORC Europeans was a successful week for North Sails customers. Congratulations to our clients on a job well done!
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