ON NUTRITION

Being and staying in good shape is crucial in a very demanding race. Nothing should be left to chance. Good physical condition requires well-planned meals, so nutrition is in the core of keeping fit onboard. The food consumed is simple and easy to prepare but loaded with energy, as well as carbohydrates and protein....

WHAT MAKES A WINNER?

Do I have a chance to win the Vendée Globe? Do you mean if I am going to cross the finish line first? That is only one of the many elements that makes one a winner in Imoca Globe Series. The nature of single handed ocean racing is very different from round the buoys...

HELSINKI-TALLINNA RACE

Ariel2 IMOCA60 already break records in Helsinki-Tallinna Race (HTR) that will start this Friday afternoon. Never before in Finland has a boat had a LYS handicap over 2 as Ariel2 got it 2,14. That is a high number indeed. HTR is the biggest offshore sailing race in Finland. As the name says, it is...

ROUTE DU RHUM

Legendaarisen Route du Rhum -yksinpurjehduskilpailun lähtölaukaus kajahtaa marraskuun 4. Siihen on vajaat kolme kuukautta. 40-vuotis juhlakisasta on tulossa monella tapaa ennätyksellinen. 122 venettä starttaa marraskuun alussa noin 5000 kilometrin pituiselle vanhalle rommireitille Ranskan Saint-Malosta Karibian Guadeloupelle.  Source: Route du Rhum 2014   Kisaluokkia on kuusi: ULTIME eli yli 100-jalkaiset monirunkoiset (6) MULTI 50 eli 50-jalkaiset monirunkoiset (6)...

UIVA FLYTANDE 16.-19.8.

Ariel2 IMOCA60 on mukana Helsingin Uivassa venenäyttelyssä, samoin kuin minäkin. Kerron joka päivä valmistautumisestani alle kolmen kuukauden päästä starttaavaan legendaariseen Route du Rhumiin Ranskasta Karibialle. Se avaa valtamerikisojen urakkani kohti Vendée Globea. Infoa tulee myös Imoca60-veneistä, jotka ovat äärimmäisen suorituskykyisiä ja yksinpurjehdukseen suunniteltuja korkean teknologian valtameripursia.  PUHEENVUOROT ovat torstaina, lauantaina ja sunnuntaina klo 16-16.30 perjantaina...

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...