Yesterday, at Fejan Island, Sweden, the remaining seven of the initial eleven teams finally finished after 500 nautical miles of almost non stop sailing and orienteering through one of nature’s most undiscovered labyrinth of islands.
Leading the fleet from start to finish was Team Raymarine with Magnus Woxen (SWE) and Klabbe Nylöf (SWE).
The two winning sailors just competed against each other in the Volvo Ocean Race on SEB and ASSA ABLOY. Now they teamed up to claim the overall win of this unique event. Surprising second overall was Team Skanska with Fredrik Adilstamm and Tomas Marimon on equal points with Team TietoEnator 1 (Neal and Lisa McDonald). Skanska had a leg win and claims silver. The McDonalds took the third overall.
Woxen/Nylöf impressed the fleet with solid boathandling of the Hobie Tiger Formula 18, combined with impressive navigational skills of the thousands islands. Klabbe Nylöf was extremely happy. He said, "What a great event. This was fun! It was not easy and obviously you get very little sleep but it is very manageable. Our strong point was that we knew we had to finish to win. We sailed like we do in the Volvo Ocean Race, conservative but at 120%. We never capsized for example. Magnus and I also have a good knowledge of the Archipelago and we could decide quicker on this extremely open course. That left us more time to concentrate on sailing the boat."
Second overall was the young Skanska Team, who have only sailed together on the Hobie Tiger Formula 18 since spring. Fredrik Adilstamm was very pleased with their performance. "We did not expect this. We were sailing against all these professionals. But our strong point was sailing the boat. But we were also taking too much risk and capsized a few times. It is so different to sail and navigate at the same time. We are not offshore sailors. We could have been stronger in strategy and tactics. But we have learned a lot and adjusted our sailing style during the event."
Neal McDonald was very tired on arrival. "It is very enjoyable, a great way to spend four days with your wife. It is a great mix of sailing, navigation and stamina and obviously we lacked on the navigational side. I found that incredibly hard. We had no feel for the place. Blasting along rocks with 20 knots of speed was a strange concept to us. But the best team won, they never put one foot wrong."
After five days of racing, sailing, paddling, navigating, capsizing, freezing and fighting fierce cold squalls the challenge in the Archipelago Raid ended.
Till the bitter end at Fejan the top teams kept fighting and pushing each other from checkpoint to checkpoint (total 26). Race Director and initiator Christine Guillou was very content with this second holding of the race. "It went really well. We wanted to achieve going to other archipelagos and that worked. It is also good to see that the event can be sailed on these boats. The teams showed that it was possible. The reaction and the spirit of the competitors is very, very positive. Of course we still need to improve things. But it shows that this event holds a combination of lots of adventure, extreme sport and good competition. Important for me is also that this is a race where mixed teams can do well. But you need to prepare well and come with a strong team. Sailors have to be very all round and complete not only individual but also as a team."
Final result after Five Legs
Position - Team - Crew - Points
1. Team Raymarine - Magnus Woxen (SWE)/Klabbe Nylöf (SWE) - 8
2. Team Skanska - Fredrik Adilstamm (SWE)/Tomas Marimon (SWE) - 18
3. Team TietoEnator 1 - Neal McDonald (GBR)/Lisa McDonald (USA) - 18
4. Team Tidermans - Calle Hennix (SWE)/ Björn Hansen (SWE) - 22
5. Team Pia - Pia L'Obry (SWE)/Liz Wardley (AUS) - 25
6. Team Kempff - Joakim Kempff (SWE)/Magnus Nordström (SWE) - 31
7. Team TietoEnator 2 - Mikaela von Koskull (FIN)/ Yann Jameson (GBR) - 41