X-35 Worlds: The gold goes to Sweden!
2013-09-02 - Kappsegling
It was a really exciting final day on Volkswagen X-35 World Championship in Malmö when Mikael Lindqvist, North Sails, KSSS won the gold medal.
On the way out of the harbor the wind blew at 11-13 m/s with a bit of swelles on the water. First race began with an general re-call and ended up with a thriller. When the race had been finnished it looked like the gold was going to Audi X Sail Racing Team with Teemu Kekkonen as skipper, Team North Sails Sportswear was two points behind.
During the Championships last race the wind had calmed down a little and then lay on 10-11 m/s. It was this race that decided the outcome of the Worlds and was a really hair-raiser, just as it should be. When all the boats had crossed the finish line everybody knewed who the winners were. There was also a real tough fight of the bronze medal, only two points was in between the third and fifth place.
The day ended with a Swedish gold to Team North Sails Sportswear and skipper Mikael Lindqvist. The silver went to Finland and Teemu Kekkonen's Audi X Sail Racing Team, the bronze medal went to Team Firefly by Matrisen and Johan Lindell as skipper. In summary, it has been a successful World Championship with both great sailing and nice After Sails. It started as a sunny sailing in Palma and ended as a real Northern European regatta with good strong winds.