Saturday, 28 August 2010

Baltic Match Tour - Sweden: Staffan Lindberg wins AtSea Baltic Match Race

Peter Wibroe in competition in Sweden at the Baltic Match Tour. Image copyright Henrik Grape.

by Henrik Grape

Staffan Lindberg, FIN, won AtSea Baltic Match Race today. On second place came Peter Wibroe from Denmark. Both skippers met each other in the final last year and this year Lindberg won over Wibroe. Baltic Match Tour continues with more races in Tallinn 16-18/8 and Helsinki 19-21/8

- We are really pleased with our win today comments Staffan Lindberg. Especially since we lost in the finals last year against Wibroe.

- We have felt we have had an edge with our boat speed throughout the event but we can work more on improving our starts. Fortunately we have managed to shift gear in each race even though some poor starts and managed to get on top of things.

Competition in Sweden at the Baltic Match Tour. Image copyright Henrik Grape.

Peter Wibroe comments;
- Despite us not winning today we are overall happy with our performance throughout the event. As a team we came here with not enough time in the boat but we came out ok since day one. In the last final race we got a penalty against us before the start which of course was not ideal. Nevertheless Lindberg managed to gain his lead on the last downwind and when we took the penalty he was in front of us.

On third place came the world match racing tour sailor Björn Hansen, also one of the
initiators to the Baltic Match Tour.

- We are of course not pleased with not winning today but I am very pleased that the teams are having a good time and like the new match racing concept comments Björn Hansen. For next year we are hoping for stronger winds and we are looking forward going racing tomorrow in Tallinn.

BlackMatchNZ on board with Michele Perris at the Baltic Match Tour. Image copyright Johan Granath.

Results AtSea Baltic Match Race, Stockholm
1. Staffan Lindberg, FIN
2. Peter Wibroe, DEN
3. Björn Hansen, SWE
4. Michele Perris, MON
5. Phil Robertson, NZL
6. Evgeny Neugodnikov, RUS
7. Olli-Pekka Lumijärvi, FIN
8. Keith Swinton, AUS
9. Simone Ferrarese, ITA
10. Mati Sepp, EST
11. Mikael Lindqvist, SWE

Baltic Match Tour Race Schedule:
• Stockholm 13-15/8. Organizer: Stockholm Match Race Center and Gamla Stans
Yacht Sällskap. Venue: AtSea Lidingö, Stockholm
• Tallinn 16-18/8. Organizer: Estonian Match Racing Union. Venue: Pirita.
• Helsinki 19-21/8. Organizer: Nyländska Jaktklubben. Venue: Havshamnen

Baltic Match Tour