Finnish Nationals

Espoo, Finland, September 6-8, 2019

Report by Kai Saarhelo

This year’s Finnish Championship, 72nd in a row, was sailed in a new place for Snipes, at yacht club EMK in Espoo, just 10 km from Helsinki.

Wind conditions Friday W 6-11 m/s, Saturday S 5-7 m/s, Sunday E 3-5 m/s, some rain showers each day.

Real regatta life was experienced on the shore and the sea due to nine classes multi boat event, most of classes were single handed junior boats. Snipe Class took a well-deserved promotion opportunity to show active presence reaching the number of 20 teams, saving the Nationals status for the next two years,. Six new Snipe sailors were newcomers on championship level. After each day we organized get-togethers under the Snipe flag around Hanna-Leena and Juha Lehtinen’s Snipe, naturally supporting Serious Sailing Serious Fun spirit.

The shore was not that large, but the launching process worked well against all odds. Special mention could be made of the tasty food included in the race fee. Even we sailed at sea the course area was placed close to the shore between the closest islands, meaning lake conditions with no waves but quite shifty winds. Typically, the windward mark was very close to the shore causing some excitement and blood pressure rise as approaching the windward mark. In most of the races the fleet remained very tight and good racing was seen. The positions varied quite a bit due to wind holes and gusts, between the races and during the races.
Allthough many boats were catching some top positions, the teams Ville Aalto-Setälä with Satu Salminen and Riku Vääriskoski with Salla Vadén stood out. On the last day, Ville and Satu then turned the battle for themselves and brought the win to Pori and BSF, the host of the previous Europeans. The battle of the third place was also very tight with one-point difference to fourth and two points to fifth position, turning finally to the team Chita Wahlroos and Jaakko Mikkonen. Chita is a two-time Olympic sailor in Europe Class and role model in the Class.
According to the winners’ comment, the best success was to win Sunday’s first race, in the lightest wind of the Regatta: “It was supposed to be Riku’s and Salla’s way, but after a bad start we were climbing our way to the victory.

The competition was tightest in years, offering good racing all the way in different parts of the fleet.

Next regattas in Finland

21.09                      Masters Nationals                                                              TP, Tuusulanjärvi

22.09                      Short course Nationals                                                                     TP, Tuusulanjärvi

29.09                      Helsinki Fleet 481 Open Championship                                 HSK, Helsinki

 

Sailing Greetings
Kai Saarhelo, FIN 31260

 

Nr Sail Number
Team
Club T N R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9
1

 FIN 30808
Satu SALMINEN
BSF 21.0 14.0
1.0
3.0
2.0
1.0
(7.0)
2.0
1.0
4.0
2

 FIN 29859
Salla VADÉN
Näsijärven Purjehdusseura – Näsijärvi Segelsällskap 23.0 18.0
2.0
1.0
(5.0)
5.0
2.0
1.0
2.0
5.0
3

 FIN 30891
Jaakko MIKKONEN
BSS 40.0 32.0
7.0
(8.0)
7.0
2.0
1.0
5.0
8.0
2.0
4

 FIN 28704
Sirre KRONLÖF
OPS 42.0 33.0
3.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
(9.0)
1.0
5

 FIN 31260
Jouko SAARHELO
BSF 43.0 34.0
3.0
RDG
6.0
3.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
(9.0)
6

 FIN 30874
Risto VALJUS
KPS-KSS 51.0 38.0
4.0
2.0
4.0
3.0
(13.0)
11.0
11.0
3.0
7

 FIN 31099
Matias MIKKONEN
EPS 52.0 40.0
1.0
RDG
4.0
1.0
8.0
8.0
(12.0)
10.0
8.0
8

 FIN 30197
Matti KOKKONEN
HSK 77.0 63.0
9.0
11.0
8.0
11.0
10.0
(14.0)
7.0
7.0
9

 FIN 29239
Julianna PERTTALA
TaPS 80.0 65.0
11.0
10.0
12.0
14.0
9.0
(15.0)
3.0
6.0
10

 FIN 31482
Teija KAARLELA
HSK 93.0 72.0
(21.0)
DNS
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
9.0
3.0
3.0
5.0
10.0
11

 FIN 31031
Pekka TOIJA
TPS 88.0 73.0
6.0
9.0
11.0
12.0
14.0
8.0
(15.0)
13.0
12

 FIN 28861
Taru KARTTUNEN
HSK 90.0 75.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
(15.0)
15.0
10.0
12.0
12.0
13

 FIN 29918
Juha LEHTINEN
HSK 104.0 83.0
(21.0)
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
13.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
16.0
14

 FIN 30560
Lilja KALLIALA
MP 121.0 100.0
(21.0)
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
10.0
12.0
9.0
16.0
11.0
15

 FIN 30655
Anniina TAMMINEN
KPS-KSS 121.0 102.0
12.0
12.0
10.0
17.0
(19.0)
18.0
18.0
15.0
16

 FIN 29243
HSK 131.0 110.0
(21.0)
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
16.0
11.0
13.0
14.0
14.0
17

 FIN 29418
KoPu 132.0 112.0
13.0
13.0
13.0
19.0
18.0
19.0
(20.0)
17.0
18

 FIN 30502
Ronja VALJUS
OM 136.0 115.0
(21.0)
RET
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
7.0
16.0
16.0
13.0
21.0
DNC
19

 FIN 30460
Veera SUNDBERG
HSK 153.0 132.0
(21.0)
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
18.0
17.0
17.0
17.0
21.0
DNC
20

 FIN 29943
Mari AARNIO
M 163.0 142.0
(21.0)
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
21.0
DNC
19.0
18.0

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