The Faerderrace is a Norwegian classic that every year draws over 1, 000 boats and this year it was the 58th edition of the race. The longest course, which takes the boats out to Faerder Lighthouse, is 83 nautical miles and the race finishes in Horten. The speed machines in Nokia Oops Cup always draw special attention from spectators and fellow sailors alike, and this year was no exception. Team Academy hit the starting line with perfect timing and soon all six trimarans where flying their gennakers and speeding along in 15 knots in the light breeze in Oslo's inner harbour.
Team Academy and Stena Sovcomflot, with the duo Bruno PEYRON (FRA) and Roger NILSSON (SWE) in charge, got a small advantage on the four other boats, and soon the rich got richer as they found new breeze on their way south. The Swedish HiQ, with Klas 'Klabbe' NYLÖF (SWE) at the helm, were the only boat that managed to threaten the leading two boats on their way towards the Norwegian-Swedish border. However they did not get close enough to really join the fight.
FROSTAD and PEYRON stayed in shouting distance from each other almost all the way around the course, and several times switched places. On the final approach the adrenalin pumped fast as the two boats ducked and avoided smaller cruising boats as they also tried to get first.
'If the wind had picked up and turned to reaching condition Stena Sovcomflot would have caught us. They did, but we managed to keep them behind us by tacking in front of them all the way in to Horten. We won by making fewer mistakes,' said FROSTAD with a big smile.
FROSTAD also won the tri-battle in the Faerderrace last year, but the competition was not nearly as hot as the 2005 edition. The victory gives FROSTAD and his crew a push back up to second place in the overall standing in Nokia Oops Cup. Stena Sovcomflot is still in the lead with a healthy four point margin.
HiQ secured third place in the Faerderrace. The three last boats also had a massive battle on the course. Finnish TietoEnator, with JOHANSON at the helm, finally got the better of Magnus OLSSON (SWE) on Nokia and Roman PASZKE (POL) on Bonduelle.
TietoEnator had struggled to keep up so far in the Nokia Oops Cup. However that all changed in the Oslo City Race yesterday. They finally got up to speed after changing roles on board the Finnish trimaran. Kenneth THELEN (FIN) took the helm and JOHANSON the role as tactician, the result - TietoEnator secured first place in Oslo Speed Race
'You can always trust Kenneth when he is at the helm, and now I got to do what I am best at,' said JOHANSON, 2000 Olympic champion in 49er.
Up until Oslo City Race, TietoEnator was in fifth of the six boats in Nokia Oops Cup, but when the to sailors changed roles they took a huge step forward.
'It feels fantastic to finally win,' said THELEN, soaking wet after the Polish team on Bonduelle threw him in the water to celebrate the victory.
After some beautiful days in Oslo the rain and cold came creeping in over the capital this Sunday. It was raining and blowing a light breeze over the course in the inner harbour, and the wind was very unstable, but even with little wind there was no lack of drama around the buoys. In the second race the Finnish boat and Stena Sovcomflot crashed in to each other just a few metres from the finish line.
'They had the whole fjord to avoid a collision. If they had done the same in an Olympic class they would have taken a beating back on shore,' said JOHANSON.
Luckily it did not come to a fist fight, but a session in the protest room, where JOHANSON came out with a big grin. Stena Sovcolmflot got disqualified and TietoEnator kept their victory.
Team Academy with FROSTAD came second, Stena Sovcomflot with PEYRON third, Swedish team, HiQ took fourth, Nokia fifth and Bonduelle sixth. The next race in the Nokia Oops Cup is Sjaelland Rundt next Friday.
Results Faerder Race
Results Oslo City Race
(After 5 of 11 races)