Fria av Fjaerholmen Norwegian champion

 

18 September 2017

   
  Weather forecast for the annual Norwegian ORC Championship predicted very light airs, but this sunny and chill autumn weekend showed up with northerly winds ranging form 6 to 14 knots - perfect conditions to crown a champion.

Former ORC World champion Claus Landmark on his Landmark 43 Santa started to dominate from first race in his home waters, with scores of 1-4-4 he was in the lead. However a DSQ in Race 2 added 20 points to their total and allowed an X-41 from Sweden, Sten Hägers Kwanza, to rise to the top with a win in Race 3. Kwanza was closely followed by Asmund Drolsum’s King 40 Magic, the Sinergia 40 Sons of Hurricanes and the Dehler 36 Fri av Fjærholmen helmed by Per Butler Wang.

On the second day racing started at the scheduled start time of 11:00 AM with a northerly filling in at 12-14 knots, allowing for longer courses than Saturday.

The four top competitors were following each other closely, but when Santa received a UFD in Race 4 the battle for the title shifted to be between Kwanza, Magic and Fri av Fjærholmen.

The series was characterized by very close racing – in Race 2 there were three boats (including Santa) that had to share 4th place points with the same corrected times. And in Race 3 two boats had to share 3rd place points in having the same corrected time.

In the sixth and last race of the series when Kwanza dropped down and ended up back in the fleet in the last race it was Fri av Fjærholmen’s day and to be the new Champion, with Magic earning Silver medals and Sons of Hurricanes (as the 3rd-placed Norwegian boat) earning Bronze.

 
   
 

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