A day with all kind of winds and showers, that’s how the F18 Raid Worlds 2017 started in Stockholm. Two long distance races were sailed in shifty conditions, and William Sunnucks and Freddie White were doing top 3 all day. On Monday the second day of racing will start at 9 AM in the morning. The weather forecast is very good with winds of 15+ knots and gusts of 20. There will be a lot of champagne sailing for sure!
Sunnucks: “The first thing on my mind now…. I’m cold!!! I should have been in the sauna like everyone else. Today was great racing. We started in almost no wind. This quickly developed into fast reaching conditions with showers coming through. We enjoyed a 7 mile beat with solid wind and up to 30 degree shifts, with multiple routes through the islands. You think you are going well, and suddenly someone appears miles ahead having found a better route. We were the same speed as everyone else in open water, but our EDGE seems to accelerate very well in the shifty conditions in between the islands. The second race finished with a close battle with Lars Linder/Eric Brunnberg and Leff Dahl/Roger Boden, all finishing within a minute after almost 3 hours racing.”
Monday will be an interesting day. The RC wanted to start the race at 4:30 AM, but because of heavy winds at that time it’s postponed to start at 9AM. Organizer Lars Linder, who’s also sailing the Raid himself tells: “On Tuesday the conditions look perfect for an early start. Sunshine and winds will permit us to go to magical spots in the outer Archipelago. Can’t wait to get up early again…”
The F18 Raid Worlds wouldn’t be possible without the support of their proud sponsors:
Stockholm (Thé Capital of Scandinavia), Praktiskt Båtägande, Nautical Channel, Hamnen.se, Nordkapp, Zhik, Onde Design Center (ODC), Trackcourse.com, Triple X, Värmdo Bryggeri and Ward Wines.
Photo credits: Jasper van Staveren