Mikko & Kirsikka Raisanen win Finnish Championships 2022

Picture by Peter Flinkman / Waker boats
From Totti Pekonen

Our beloved F18 class competed again for the Finnish championship on September 17-18. in the early autumn weather with fifteen boats!

This time the first day offered less excitement on the water, as the wind conditions did not allow the starts to be run. The fleet tried to get wind on the legendary “beach leg” (read night out in the city), and succeeded, because five starts were successfully raced on Sunday.

The competition at the top was fierce, but in the end, with a clean series of five bullets, Lion of Finland FIN 5 helmed by Mikko Räisänen and crewed by Kirsikka Räisänen, secured the gold medal. They were followed by FIN 14, Otto Reittila and Anssi “always ready quick command backup” Muikku. The bronze was won by Australia’s gift to sailing, Oliver Hartas, FIN 141 at the helm, with Viktor Grandell as crew.

Foreign countries were represented by Estonia’s two crews, EST 049 Siim Maivel and Kristjan Kookmaa, and EST 2048, Keit Järve and Taavi Valter Taveter, the first of which finished in 7th place and the second in 14th place. Thank you for visiting!  Great to see that the F18 class is growing in Estonia again. Finnish sailors are more than thrilled to join the regattas in Estonia in the future!

Overall, we are pleased with the development of the class currently. The regatta attracted a fair amount of boats with a great mix of new and old teams. 2023 will be yet another exciting year with an even larger number of boats on the line. According to rumors, sailors hooked on the previous trial day may well end up participating 😉


Images by Peter Flinkman / Waker boats

More photos of the games taken by Waker boats at https://waker.fi/news/