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Lawrie Smith, Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling win races 1 & 2 in Swedish Nationals.

Bastad kicked off it’s “double billed” programme yesterday in fine style with a superb day of racing in this very popular Swedish Holiday resort…

With the Swedish Nationals serving as a “warm up” for the Europeans starting this Sunday, 2nd August, many top teams took to the beautiful sailing waters here in Sweden for some excellent racing.

Both races were sailed approximately 4 miles out into the huge bay surrounded by the Hallandian Ridge stretching behind it. The bay faces west so the ideal wind is from around 270 degree’s and that is exactly the direction the 36 teams enjoyed yesterday.

After a disappointing Worlds GBR 801 “Alfie” has obviously not come to this famous Swedish town to play Tennis !! (which is what Bastad is most known for). No Lawrie Smith, Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling have laid down the gauntlet to see who is up for the challenge…  One boat for sure is DEN 138 “Eva” helmed by Lars Hendriksen who pushed the British boat all the way around the two upwind and two downwind leg’s but in the end Lars had to settle for two 2nd places..

Top Swedish boat was SWE 358 “Sweet Alice” helmed by Hans Liljeblad who also had a good day recording a 5th and 3rd out of the 36 boat fleet.

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SWE 358 “Sweet Alice” Hans Liljeblad & his team are currently 3rd overall, top Swedish.

Hopefully today (Friday) will see three more races, with the final two races of the Swedish Nationals completed tomorrow. Saturday evening will serve as both the prize giving of this event plus the “Opening” ceremony of the European Championships, where 25 more boats are expected. This will bring the total fleet up to 60 boats which is a very good number for a major event.

More news to follow each day…..

Higher, Faster, Longer……………….  Stavros.