Worlds day 3 - best Class C boat today!

Today racing continued in the ORC World Championship in Kiel with three races, first a coastal race for about two hours and then in the afternoon two up/down races. We have sailed really well today and managed to get a 2, 2 and our first 1 in this Worlds! Overall, we won the day in Class C and with this score. Overall, during the five races so far we have 2, 4, 2, 2 and 1 with an overall score of 11. We are overall in third place but just one point after Matilda 4 that are in the lead with 10 points. All results here (Class C): Worlds results

All photos from ORC Worlds 2023

Overall, we have sailed very well today and very few mistakes with good starts, tactics, speed and maneuvers. The wind was a bit less today but we still had mostly around 20 knots of wind with gusts over 30 knots. We are especially please with todays last race where we took line honors being the first boat to finish (many other boats are supposed to be faster) and as well winning the race on corrected time with a large margin - this was our best race so far in this Worlds!

Tomorrow racing continues and the plan is to sail two up/down races with at 11 and then a long offshore race over night with start at 19. We hope for another good day and will do everything we can to repeat then good sailing we had today! The weather forecast seems to predict some lighter winds after the first days of strong winds. Then final day of racing, with two planned up/down races, will be on Saturday. Next update on the blog will come on Friday after the long offshore race.

Worlds Day 2 - 4th place for us in today's Coastal race

The Offshore World Championship continued in Kiel today on its second day. Due to continued strong winds we only sailed one two-hour coastal race today. Winds were between 15-35 knots today. We sailed again relatively well and finished on 4th place. Again, we had a lot of reaching and it is difficult to compete with the J-112's and Italia 11.98's that are boats that are around a meter longer than us and have an advantage in that respect in these type of courses we had today and yesterday (there are three J-112's in the lead in total). Today, the first four boats finished in around one minute so it shows how tight/close the racing is and there is no room for mistakes. Overall, our series after two days of 2 and 4 gives a total of 6 points and a 4th place overall in Class C with a total of 68 boats. See results here (Class C for us): World Results

From yesterdays Coastal race

The racing today was fun with a lot of sail shifts and maneuvers but quite wet with rain and strong winds when we got out of the Kiel channel. We had hoped for a podium place also today but our first leg was maybe not good enough due to a wind shift that was not advantageous for us.

Some of the Swedish participants from the opening ceremony on Sunday

Going forward the schedule for the Worlds has been updated today and tomorrow there will be one Inshore/Coastal race followed by up to two up/down races. The updated schedule is as below:

We will do our very best for tomorrow and where we hope for 2-3 races. Overall, with the updated schedule we have now done 2 out of up to 10 races so a lot of competition remains and we are well positioned to hopefully fight for the podium places!

Worlds Day 1 - second place in today's coastal race

Due to the heavy wind conditions the schedule had been changed and we did a 1.5 hour coastal race in around 25-30 knots of wind. We managed to sail relatively well and finished second in our blue group of the Class C fleet. Overall results from today is here: Worlds Day 1 Results.

The race today included a lot of reaching with a short upwind and downwind. Even if we sailed ok there were several things we can improve for the days to come. Tomorrow is it not yet clear what course we are going to sail and it depends how heavy the wind forecast will be. One alternative is that we will sail a longer offshore course of 85 nm or around 12 hours.

Thanks for the pictures from us today that someone put on our FB page!

ORC Worlds starts tomorrow

All preparations are now done and tomorrow the ORC Worlds starts here in Kiel. Today we did a practice race and after two general recalls at the start unfortunately we started too early and was disqualified but the good thing was it was only for practice.

Tomorrow the plan was for the long offshore race to start estimated at around 30 hours sailing but unfortunately the weather forecast predict heavy winds up to 50 knots in the gusts so the organizers have decided to change the schedule and tomorrow do a shorter coastal race of around two hours. In one way we feel this is too bad given we perform usually quite well in those windy conditions offshore but in one way you can also understand the organizers decision to make this change.

We will of course do everything we can to sail as good as we can tomorrow and then we will see how the organizers will adapt the schedule and when the long offshore race will be planned. The forecasts predicts quite a lot of wind to Wednesday but maybe slightly less than on Monday evening/night.

ORC Worlds starting next weekend in Kiel!

After some rest after Gotland Runt early July (where we managed to win overall) we are now getting ready for this seasons most important race being the ORC World Championship in Kiel Germany starting next weekend. "Malin" is on its way to Kiel and the rest of the crew will meet in Kiel mid next week for some practice and preparations before the Worlds starts.

There are around 120 participating boats in the World Championship and we have around 70 boats in Class C. See more about the Worlds and who is coming here: ORC Worlds.

We have good memories from the last Worlds we participated in, Tallinn 2021, where we came third in the open class and won the corinthian class. Once again we will meet Matilda 4 and Sugar 3 who came in front of us in the open class during the last Worlds (and all the rest of the boats) and we will do our best to try to beat them this time!

For this Worlds there are some changes and there will be less focus on up/down courses and we may instead do a coastal race almost every day but we will see how they plan things. As before, Worlds will start with a long offshore race over night with start on next Monday morning. There are five Swedish boats in Class C and two in Class B so overall 7. We will provide regular updates especially during the Worlds.

Gotland Runt awards ceremony & regatta dinner

After a much-needed night's rest, it was time for the award ceremony and regatta dinner on Wednesday after our overall victory and class win in this year's Gotland Runt. We had (almost) the entire team and a lot of respective which was fun. Picture below from the pre-drink before the award ceremony.

The award ceremony was unexpectedly crowded, which was great!

There were several nice prizes and we got a total of three traveling trophies that will now have Team Pro4u engraved / added, one for class victory in ORCi B, Hoburgen price and finally the finest trophy for Total Win. The trophies in the center below in the picture.

Top row from left: Martin Hedberg (meteorologist ashore), Patrik Forsgren, Roger Nilson and Anders Björk. Bottom row from left: Peter Thorwid, Thomas Tennström, Linnea Floser, Zacharias Krafft and Emil Forsgren (missing from the picture Emil Alnebeck).

Even our meteorologist Martin Hedberg, who we have received very good help from and who we will continue to collaborate with also over the World Cup, was with us during the evening, which was fun.

Finally, there was a regatta dinner and then some dancing.

Text: Anders Björk

Photos: KSSS and Team Pro4u

Total victory in this year's Gotland Runt!

Today, Tuesday, July 4, we crossed the finish line in this year's Gotland Runt about 13:20 about 49 hours after the start on Sunday. We succeeded very well and for the first time we won in Team Pro4u total Gotland Runt and also our class ORCi B.

We won in total with about 1 hour and 20 minutes before the second place on estimated time and only about 20 boats finished, see the results here: Overall results

We won our class ORCi B with just over 7 hours on the estimated time, see the results here: ORCi Class B Results

In total, of the 180 registered boats for this year's Gotland Runt, many (the majority) broke the race either before, given the forecasts of very strong winds, or during the race, probably because things broke, they felt insecure, had not trained in strong winds or suffered a lot of seasickness on board.

Here is one of the many things we in the crew appreciate a lot with our skipper Patrik Forsgren because even if we also knew that it would be a tough race, we knew that the boat "Malin" was in top condition and you trust that things hold and work even in hard weather with a lot of wind and waves. On board with us, there were never any thoughts of not starting and instead we tried to prepare ourselves before in the best possible way and fortunately everything held as it should and the boat worked perfectly. However, we also suffered from some seasickness and such is always tough to deal with, especially for the person affected.

We are very happy and proud of this overall victory in Gotland Runt and several of us on board have long experience with around 20 completed Gotland Runt most of us have been without overall victory until now. Then it will perhaps be extra special because this year's edition together with 1993 and 2019 goes down in history as among the windiest and this year more boats broke than ever before (as much as 87% have not come to the start or broken).

We have done a really good Gotland Runt with very good tactics and strategy that Peter Thorwid and Roger Nilson were responsible for. The iron gang Emil Forsgren and Zacharias Krafft were on the foredeck and mast. Keyboard was Emil Alnebeck and sail trim was done by Linnea Floser and the undersigned Anders Björk. Main sheet has the happy and talented Ålänningen Thomas Tennström handled (reserve for regular Sven) and finally Patrik Forsgren was helmsman and skipper.

This year's race began with the archipelago part, which is a fantastic part of Gotland Runt, starting in the middle of the city and then sailing out to Sandhamn with lots of boats and sometimes narrow passages. We started quite late and managed to overtake lots of boats until we got out on the sea outside Sandhamn. That part had quite light to medium winds and is completely different from what was waiting for us later on the sea. The part from the lighthouse Almagrundet to Hoburgen was the toughest this year and it was also here that most boats broke. It was mostly crossing or tacking in strong winds mostly around 25-30 knots with peaks a bit over 40 knots. It was cold, wet, tough and challenging with such a long distance all the time on the open sea, difficult to get proper rest and food. As usual when you then round Hoburgen, you get a nice feeling because now you are on your way home and we got a tailwind and everything gets better and easier on board. The first part up to Visby (we did not have to round the buoy in Visby this year, good decision by KSSS and maybe you can permanently ignore this rounding?) we drove our Jibtop with staysail and it went as usual stable and fine in the wind that continued to be around 25 knots. When we then passed Visby and could fall a few degrees, we had a discussion on board about whether we should run the spinnaker and since we were chasing the total, we bet and hoisted our full-sized S3 in 30 knots of wind (a reef on the main) and here began a fantastic rope up to Almagrundet where we spent the first few hours when the wind was usually between 28 and 34 knots and we went really fast with a couple of peaks of 21.2 knots (new speed record for the boat). This last long slog home is guaranteed to be remembered throughout life with great joy, fantastic to be able to go so fast with such a type of boat we have! Of course, it helps that we have trained quite a lot and many on board have experience of hard weather.

We also had a reporter on board during this year's race and we hope Saga had an OK time on board with us! We also want to thank KSSS for a very well conducted race and fun to also race in really hard weather that tests the limits of teams and boats and show that thorough preparation and training gives results and the race was really quite undramatic in a positive way for us on the whole and the atmosphere on board has been very good all the way.

Tomorrow evening there will be an award ceremony and regatta dinner in Sandhamn and almost the entire team will be there and it will be a fun experience!

Pictures from KSSS.

Text: Anders Björk (who started and completed all three windy Gotland Runt in 1993, 2019 and 2023).

Gotland Runt start tomorrow

Gotland Runt starts tomorrow and the forecasts contain a lot of wind so it looks like a pretty fast and wet race. We start in the ORCi B class at 12:20 and KSSS has a broadcast from the start. Please follow us during the race and on the KSSS Gotland Runt page you can read more about how to follow us.

Team Pro4u third in Baltic Offshore Week today

Today the Baltic Offshore Week and Estonian and Finnish Offshore Sailing Championship in Helsinki ended with three inshore races in very windy conditions with +20 knots of wind and sunshine. We finished overall in third place in Class B. Overall, during the 5 races during BOW we have had the series 2, 1.4, 3, (4) and 4 with a total of 10.4 after one race was discarded (and offshore race had weight 1.4). We congratulate Katarina 2 to first place and Sugar to second place, both from Estonia!

Results from this years BOW are here: Results

Due to lack of wind first day this years regatta was reduced to two days. On Saturday with light winds we sailed one inshore race where we came second and then we had a longer offshore race for approximately 6 hours where we won. Yesterday we were very pleased overall with our sailing. Today Sunday we had three inshore races and we did not sail equally well and also had difficulties matching the speed of the two Estonian boats that were in the lead today. But overall very good training for us in the team and we have not had so much practice this year in +20 knots of wind so very useful experience before the Worlds.

We want to thank the Finnish hosts for a good regatta. We hope that we will be able to come back to BOW another year.

Photos: BOW

Wins in Sandhamn Open during the weekend!

During the national day weekend we have raced Sandhamn Open. This year it was divided into two separate races, on Saturday four track races and then starting in the middle of Sunday a longer sea race of 121 nm which for our part took just over 20 hours with a finish after 8 am this morning. The weekend has offered brilliant fine weather with light winds with beautiful moon and nature - sailing propaganda!

We did very well and on Saturday we won the course race in the ORCi class with the series (1), 1, 1 and 1 with a total of 3 and only spikes! Today when the ocean race ended we also won it, both in our ORCi class and overall. In the total list of 26 starting boats at the ocean race we won by about 20 minutes on corrected time.

All results via links can be found here on the KSSS page: Results

Throughout the weekend we have sailed stable and good with very good tactics, maneuvers and speed in the boat and made few mistakes. We are very happy with our weekend and this has been very good preparation for us for the World Championships later this year.

We also thank KSSS for organizing the Sandhamn Open and everything has worked very well with courses, information and everything around the races!

The next race for us will now be the Baltic Offshore Race (BOW), which this year takes place in Helsinki in two weeks, which is also the Finnish and Estonian Championships. It will be our third year in a row we participate in this and it usually becomes a good race with qualified opposition, especially from the Estonian boats that are among the best in our class.

Pictures from KSSS, sailors at SO and from Team Pro4u.