The wind has picked up and the fleet is now approaching the finishing line at Fejan. After 500 nautical miles of tough sailing, Team Raymarine with Nylöf/Voxén will be the unrivalled winners of Archipelago Raid 2002.
Yesterday's Race Report
The fourth day of the Archipelago Raid saw the return of the Skanska (Adilstam/Marimon) team. They did beat the race leader Team Raymarine (Woxen/Nylöf) for leg three by seconds and are now trailing 3 points behind with two more legs to go in leg 4. Crossing the Baltic Sea for 35 miles was an event full three hours blast yesterday evening. After that the teams spend the day racing through the even more impressive and undiscovered Åland and Finland Archipelago.
In leg 4 (that started yesterday morning) the Skanska boys, with two young Laser and Hobie Cat experts onboard look stronger and stronger. All of the competitors are becoming more and more exhausted. Tacking for example takes almost minutes while it used to be seconds. The Skanska Team has the advantage of the youth. However the Le Mans start of the beach was won by the Team TietoEnator 1 with Mr. and Mrs. McDonald.
With the increasing exhaustion the competition also intensifies. At some checkpoints some boats come in only seconds apart, sailing up the beach and trying to run wearing all the foul weather gear to collect the signature. The teams become more equal in performance after four days. It is noticeable that the ex-Volvo Ocean Racers seem to be able to grunt up and keep going only being challenged by youth. The endurance and stamina is an important factor for victory this late in the race.
Tonight the Extreme Orienteering Sailing Race of 100.000 Islands race brings the competitors back across the Baltic Sea for 35 miles to Fejan. Finish at Fejan expected at 15.00 hours PM.
- Team Raymarine have won the final leg and are the winners of the Archipelago Raid 2002.
Ranking after three legs:
Team Crew Points
1 Team Raymarine Magnus Woxen (SWE)/Klabbe Nylöf (SWE) 6
2 Team Skanska Fredrik Adilstam (SWE)/Tomas Marimon (SWE) 9
3 Team Tidermans Bjorn Hansen (SWE)/Calle Hennix (SWE) 10
3 Team TietoEnator 1 Neal McDonald (GBR)/Lisa McDonald (USA) 10
5 Team Pia Pia L'Obry (SWE)/Liz Wardley (AUS) 13
6 Team Kempff Joakim Kempff (SWE)/Magnus Nordström (SWE) 26
7 Team TietoEnator 2 Mikaela von Koskull (FIN)/ Yann Jameson (GBR) 30
The event is organised in the spirit of a Raid, demanding an extreme performance in sailing respecting nature in an adventurous spirit. The course can vary between 350 and 500 miles depending on the wind strength. The race is organised and produced by Atlant Ocean Racing in co-operation with the Nacka Strand Yacht Club.
The eleven teams are a mix of round the world and dinghy sailors representing nine countries. The talented group, with some world champions, has experience in various different events, ranging from Volvo Ocean Race to Olympics.