Tuesday, 23 April 2013

GKSS IceBreaker Cup : Hansen beats Berntsson in Finals

Björn Hansen's winning team. Image copyright Sailing Sweden.

by Hansen Sailing Team media

Hansen Sailing Team faced Stena Sailing Team with skipper Johnie Berntsson in the final of the GKSS Ice Breaker Cup this weekend, this season’s first showdown between the Swedish rivals. Hansen Sailing Team won two tight matches in the final and won the regatta while Victor Ogeman and his Team Accure claimed third place after beating Staffan Lindberg in the petite finale.

Ogeman v. Lindberg. Image copyright Sailing Sweden

“We didn’t feel a hundred percent out on the water and we still have things we need to work on after this long winter break but it’s the same for everybody else. The four teams that made it to the semi finals were pretty even and we are glad we made it all the way to the top. It was good practice for us and it’s always better to do real racing instead of training, because you don’t want to give away anything for free”, says Björn Hansen.

Hansen Sailing Team - winners of the GKSS IceBreaker Cup. Image copyright Sailing Sweden

“It’s been a good exercise for the whole team and it feels great that the season has started. We had good matches against Björn Hansen but we are not satisfied with the result, of course we wanted to win. We have worked a lot on our communication in the team and we have come a long way, even if there still is some fine tuning left to do. We want to make more decisions earlier when we sail so we can avoid mistakes and panic decisions. Also, our starts have been working well this weekend and I think we have found a good procedure that we will take with us from this regatta”, says Johnie Berntsson

Results GKSS Ice Breaker Cup in Gothenburg

Sailing Sweden