DSC_7044 (640x470)Lars Hendriksen, Frithjof Kleen (thumbs up) & Robert Stanjek. Swedish Champions..

Lars Henriksen added another championship to his impressive portfolio of Dragon Titles yesterday when he won the Open Swedish National’s…. Sailing with his top crew (Star World Champions) Robert Stanjek & Frithjof Kleen, they added an impressive 3rd and 1st place to win the well organised event by a country mile, 35 points to be exact ! 

With three more races completed bringing the total up to a 7 race series, Lars and his team simply proved to be too good as they hardly made a mistake. Race 1 of the day was sailed in a modest 8 to 10 kts of breeze and saw the current World Champion Evgeni Braslavets  back out in front after not sailing either of the two windy races the previous day.

Race 2 of the day, sailed in similar conditions, saw SUI 311 Sophie III out in front as owner and helm Hugo Stenbeck  made the most of a left-hand shift on the second beat to take the lead and hold on in his new PCT Dragon to take the win..

Race 3 was again sailed in lighter airs as the sun shone brightly and all 36 teams enjoyed seeing Bastad at it’s very best. With his nearest rival not having the best of days, Lars and his team could relax and they dominated from start to finish to end the championship in style. Very well done gentlemen a good omen for next week!

SwedishProud Swedish National Champions, Robert Stanjek, Frithjof Kleen with Lars.

Runner up in the event was GBR 801 “Alfie” helmed by Lawrie Smith and crewed by Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling.  Although not firing on all cylinders yesterday, Lawrie managed to consolidate his marvellous start to the event to finish 2nd. However, I am sure this excellent team will be one of the favourites to take next week’s European Title.

3rd overall and finishing top Swedish Boat was SWE 385 “Still Crazy” helmed by Stefan Wineberg and crewed by Fredrik Brotell and Markus Lagerquist. This team put in a solid performance throughout the three days to just keep Martin Palsson and Hans Liljeblad who finished 4th and 5th respectively, at bay.  So very well done to Stefan and his team who have really “raised their game” since wintering in Cascais over the passed few years. It just goes to show that practice and good team work pays dividends in the end…..

DSC_7188 (640x510)“Still Crazy” team, 3rd overall & Top Swedish Boat.  Markus Fredrik and helm Stefan.

This has been a very well organised regatta, thoroughly enjoyed by all 36 teams and sailed in a full range of wind conditions with warm sunny weather. With measurement and a practice race planned for today, the Swedish organisers are allowing time for the remaining 24 boats to be launched and prepared before the start of the Europeans on Monday. Lets see if anyone can take the title from Lars and his very well drilled team……..

 

Higher, Longer, Faster……….     Stavros.