PICS – ÅF OFFSHORE RACE 2018

We started the race as carefully as possible. First 30 miles out from Stockholm to open waters are super busy and narrow. Of course it was upwind, too. Had two reefs in main and the smallest foresail. Still it felt horrible to navigate this ocean racer in a crowded route with all kinds of boats...

FOLLOW THE RACE

Race from Stockholm around Gotland to Sandhamn is now on. Ari is sailing it with a crew. The lively race village offered its best before the start and it was cool to meet Helly Hansen people and another ambassador, a Swedish World Cup alpine ski racer  Mattias Hargin there, too. Lars from Helly Hansen,...

NEXT: ÅF OFFSORE RACE

Summer is busy. Preparing myself and the boat, training and doing great events together with my partners. Next race on the list is Åf Offshore Race which used to be called Gotland Runt. The start is next Sunday, July 1st.  The 350 NM race starts from Stockholm, goes aound Gotland and finishes to Sandhamn....

QUALIFICATION APPROVED

What a superb feeling. We (me and Ariel II) did it! Qualified for the legendary Route du Rhum starting on Nov. 4th this autumn.   After all there was weather of every sort. Wind got actually quite hard towards the end of the sailing. Waves in the Baltic Sea become sharp and nasty. All...

LIGHT WINDS AHEAD

Route du Rhum qualification sailing started at 9 o’clock pm. The winds look light and the route will therefore take around 6 days. The 1200 NM route has been approved by the race organization and it’ll take us twise around Gotland in Sweden.  Route du Rhum -kisaan pääsemiseksi vaadittava qualification-purjehdus starttasi iltayhdeksältä. Tiedossa on...

ROUTE DU RHUM QUALIFICATION

Tänään alkaa 1200 merimailin pakollinen qualification-purjehdus legendaariseen Route du Rhum Atlantin yli yksinpurjehduskilpailuun pääsemiseksi. Kilpailujohtaja on tälläkin kertaa myöntänyt minulle luvan purjehtia se Itämerellä.  Route du Rhum 2018 on 40-vuotis juhlakilpailu. Sinne on ilmoittautunut ennätysmäärä osallistujia: 123 kipparia, kuudessa eri luokassa. IMOCA-kipparien nimiä on listalla 24. Neljä vuotta sitten sama luku oli yhdeksän. Kisa...

SUURSAARI RACE HIGHLIGHTS

Suursaari Race was about mixed wind conditions from some to non wind at all. And from all directions. IMOCA’s are at their best in long haul races, so these short around buoy ones are challenging since all manoeuvres take some time. However I am very happy about Ariel II’s first race with me and...

TRACK THE RACE

Track the race and boats of Suursaari Race here Edited 11.25 p.m.: seems that our race gps stopped working over an hour ago or something… You can use MarineTraffic to locate us. Watch a video clip from the start here   Photo by Petri Häyrinen   Cover photo by Petri Häyrinen

SUURSAARI RACE

Suursaari Race starttaa huomenna. Se on samalla Arielin ensimmäinen kisa Itämerellä. Ariel II’s first race in the Baltic Sea is Suursaari Race. It is a 190 miles off shore race where the boats sail around the Suursaari island on the Russian side. It is organized for the 28th time this year. My crew is: Toni...