ÅF inshore race premiere
2013-06-29 - ÅF Offshore Race
The public turnout to Kastellholmen was great when the premiere launch of ÅF Inshore Race went underway. Weather conditions were good, with weak southwesterly winds over the bay.
In the light wind SeaCarten Coworks were the first to cross the starting line, followed by Gill and Falcon Crest. Fredrik Lööf with his female crew from ÅF were behind at the start but collected good speed in the gusts, advanced one hull in half a minute and quickly came up in the lead. Congestion at the starting buoy at Beckholmen became palpable.
Multihull boats reached speeds of up to 10 knots almost instantly and were out of sight by the time of the second start of the day. Prior to the start the boats circulated close to the line at the windward buoy. The Mixer Mon Amie with Roland Bergman as skipper, was the fastest over the the crowded line, closely followed by Jenny, Eclectic, and Team sap.
By the Finland lines terminal, the wind took hold of the boats and Eclectic sailed up the placement.
In today's third and final start, Antigua, a Folkboat with Curt Gelin as skipper was the first across the line. It became dramatic at the windward buoy, resulting in Borta med Vinden taking a path between the windward buoy and start ship and thus had to sail back down the line and restart.