Nylof wins first Oops Cup event

Olsson forced to retire in Norway's Faerder Race

Saturday June 14th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Scandinavia
Earlier this morning Swede Klabbe Nylöf, skipper on the 60ft trimaran HiQ was first over the finishing line in the Faerder Race, Norway’s biggest offshore race.

In the process HiQ also set a new record time. The new time of 10 hours and 28 minutes is the fastest time in the competitition’s 60-year history.

HiQ and Klabbe Nylöf, together with a team including navigator Roger Nilson and tactician Magnus Woxén, took the record from Mange Olsson who sailed the trimaran Toshiba seven minutes slower in 2001.

Above: Nylof and Woxen

"It has been a great sailing with stable winds and a pretty choppy sea. The waves where sometimes so high that we had to slow down, otherwise we would have run straight into to them. But we sailed a bit better than the others and Nokia probably made a wrong choice of way in the end," commented Roger Nilson.

The fight for first was between HiQ and the other 60ft trimaran Nokia, with skipper Stefan Myrälf from Denmark - Volvo Ocean Race veteran Magnus Olsson and his GORE-TEX had to pull out of the race earlier on.

Olsson had been leading the Faerder Race when a crack was noticed in the centre hull of his trimaran and GORE-TEX had to stop the race and turn back under engine towards Oslo harbour.

"This is damage caused by wear and tear and they are not unknown of on big racing boats. It’s important now for us to keep up the good spirits and work day and night so that we might get the boat ready for Accenture Gotland Runt in two weeks. But these things happen. We can’t blame anyone except maybe that it’s Friday the 13th," says Olsson.

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