Team Academy, which won last year, were 50 minutes behind the Russian-Swedish boat. The multihull legend PEYRON, co-skipper and boatowner Steve RAVUSSIN (SUI) and Roger NILSON (SWE), the navigator, were way ahead of the other five competitors during Nokia Oops Cup 2005. In the St. Petersburg offshore race they had to endure light winds and high temperatures, but they still finished first in to the Russian city.
'It was a light wind race, but we finished much earlier than thought. We won this race and the Nokia Oops Cup on experience, better technique and just the right amount of luck,' said a satisfied NILSON.
Academy, with Norwegian Knut FROSTAD as skipper, came second in the final race, and also on the overall standing. The Swedish boat HIQ took bronze overall, but had to retire from St. Petersburg Offshore Race due to the rudder damage they suffered in the previous race. Bonduelle also pulled out off the offshore race.
The Nokia Oops Cup started in Helsinki, Finland on 21 May and since then the six highly competitive trimarans and crew have covered over 3,500 nautical miles and been to all the major cities and competed in all the big races in the Nordic and Baltic waters.
'We are very pleased because both the competition and the public interest for Nokia Oops Cup have been even greater this year. It is very satisfying that more and more people get a taste for this sport,' said Richard BRISIUS from Atlant Ocean Racing, the company behind the Nokia Oops Cup.
Results St.Petersburg Offshore Race
(After 10 of 11 races)