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31 May 2005, 11:15 am
RAVUSSIN And NILSON In The Lead
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Nokia Oops Cup 2005
Stockholm, Sweden

The Russian-Swedish trimaran Stena Sovcomflot dominated this Sunday's Stockholm City Race in the Nokia Oops Cup. The Swiss skipper Steve RAVUSSIN and his Swedish navigator Roger NILSON left all the competitors in their wake in four of the five races.

'All the six boats in Nokia Oops Cup are pretty equal. The difference is rather the fact that we have been training far more than the other teams lately and has gotten a very strong team,' said NILSON.

After finishing first in four races the Russian-Swedish team decided to not push to hard in the last.

'We had already won the race,' explained NILSON, 'so we had the luxury of going easy on the boat in the last race.'

The wind was gusty and at times hard just outside Stockholm, Sweden this Sunday. The trimarans hit the lower end of 30 knots at times and the gusts tore up quite a few sails during the day. Nokia ripped one sail in the first regatta, HiQ broke two battens in the main and had to do repairs rather than race the second heat and TietoEnator, the Finnish project with 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 49er, Tomas JOHANSON (FIN) at the helm, also had sail problems and only sailed two of the races.

Team Academy, last year's winner of Nokia Oops Cup with Knut FROSTAD (NOR) as skipper, is obviously back up to speed and secured second place in Sunday's races. The fight for third was tight between Nokia, HiQ and Roman PASZKE on Bonduelle, but Magnus 'Mange' OLSSON on Nokia finally beat the two other boats. Bonduelle got fourth place, while HiQ and skipper Klas 'Klabbe' NYLÖF ended up in fifth place. With only two out of five races sailed, TietoEnator had to settle with last place in Stockholm City Race this Sunday.

The next event in Nokia Oops Cup will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 6 June with a Speed Race and the first offshore race in the cup. The Union Race starts in Gothenburg and will finish in Oslo, Norway on 7 June.

Results Stockholm City Race

  1. Stena Sovcomflot (RUS/SWE)
  2. Academy (NOR)
  3. Nokia (SWE)
  4. Bonduelle (POL)
  5. HiQ (SWE)
  6. TietoEnator (FIN)

Overall Standings
(After 2 of 11 races)

  1. Stena Sovcomflot (RUS/SWE) - 2 points
  2. Academy (NOR) - 6
  3. Nokia (SWE) - 6
  4. HiQ (SWE) - 7
  5. Bonduelle (POL) - 10
  6. TietoEnator (FIN) - 11
Mats Olsson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Stena Sovcomflot on their way to victory in the Stockholm City Race:© Hans Berggren
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