Race leaders Klabbe Nylof and Magnus Woxen
After three days of racing, sailing, paddling, navigating, capsizing, freezing and fighting fierce cold squalls the challenge in the Archipelago Raid continues.
Last night the top teams kept fighting and pushing each other from checkpoint to checkpoint. Team Raymarine (Woxen/Nylof), showed endurance and skill finishing first at 01.35 AM in Fejan. Team Skanska (Adilstamm/Marimon) arrived second, closely contested by Team TietoEnator 1 (McDonald/ McDonald).
At Fejan leg two of the Extreme Orienteering Sailing Race of 100,000 Islands ended and all the teams had to wait and regroup for the restart at 1500 today for leg three. The last team to finish in was Team TietoEnator 2 (Von Koskull/Jameson) at 06.00 AM giving the leaders more opportunity to rest than the backmarkers. But some of these crazy adventurers preferred the hot sauna instead before hitting the sack for a few hours.
Klabbe Nylof said, "we did not expect it to be so cold. It is sometimes easier to keep going than to have a mandatory stop for one hour where you cool down too much. You get so very cold easily then. But we are very pleased with our performance." Magnus Woxen looked very focused and intense while Nylof is also known for his endurance and the team looks a strong contender for an overall win in this event at the moment.
Leg three starts with negotiating a ferry channel followed by an open stretch of water of the Baltic Sea. This 35 mile battle across the Baltic is the first real open water test and can be beneficial for the real cat sailors of Team Skanska who can profit from their better developed multihull racing technique. Seven Teams are still in the race of which four have a good chance of winning this year's Archipelago Raid.
Conditions were dramatic again for the restart. Pitch black thunderclouds, combined with sunny patches and fluffy white cumulus clouds. With a 10 knot wind from the southwest knots the competitors have a run to land. Three teams were late to restart as they overslept. The start was won by Team Raymarine (Woxen/Nylof) with Team Kempff (Kempff/Nordstrom) second and Team Pia (L'Orby/Wardly) third.
The wuestion is whether the Swedes, who are leading this race so far will be able to maintain their edge? Crossing the Baltic and navigating the unknown waters of the Archipelago will bring a complete new challenge to the race. New favourite now could be Bjorn Hansen, number eight on the World Match Race Ranking, from Team Jobman who is originally from these parts and may use his local knowledge to his advantage. Team Tidermans has retired due to other obligations of the crew who is a sailmaker.
Ranking after two legs:
1 Team Raymarine Magnus Woxen (SWE)/Klabbe Nylof (SWE) 3
2 Team Tiddemans Anders Lewander (SWE)/Calle Hennix (SWE) 6 RET.
3 Team Pia Pia L'Obry (SWE)/Liz Wardley (AUS) 8
3 Team TietoEnator Neal McDonald (GBR)/Lisa McDonald (USA) 8
3 Team Skanska Fredrik Adilstamm (SWE)/Tomas Marimon (SWE) 8
6 Team Jobman Bjorn Hansen (SWE)/Bjorn Osterberg (SWE) 13
7 Team Kempff Joakim Kempff (SWE)/Magnus Nordstrom (SWE) 19
8 Team TietoEnator Mikaela von Koskull (FIN)/ Yann Jameson (GBR) 23
More fabulous photos from Thierry Martinez on the following pages...
Restart leg 2...