7/18/2013

Farr 30 Class Sail Development Report from Sweden

Martin Stranberg

Matrisen Sailing Team wins Farr 30 Swedish Nationals

The Swedish Nationals were held in July in beautiful Sandhamn, East of Stockholm, in the Swedish Archipelago. We were 12 boats in total, great to see German and Dutch boat on the starting line!

Before the final race, Matrisen was two points behind Happy Yachting but had a better discard. So if Matrisen could match race Happy Yachting down to 9th place, they would win regardless of their own finish. Matrisen started windward of Happy Yachting but a little close. Both boats sailed almost all the way to the port layline and started a tacking duel that Matrisen won! At the top mark, Matrisen was second to last and Happy Yachting was last. On the downwind run, the wind dropped to 5-7 TWS and Matrisen changed to their North CSD 3DL light jib. The light jib was perfect on the second upwind leg and Matrisen could sail higher and at the same speed.

North Sails-powered team Matrisen won the regatta but had to fight hard to beat Happy Yachting who is a new comer this year. Because of no championship in Europe this year, Matrisen sailed with a 2011 main, a 2012 3DL light jib and a 2011 3DL medium jib. Sails have been used hard and are still performing excellently!

Result Swedish Nationals:
1st - Matrisen Sailing Team - SWE Robert Szabó/Martin Strandberg (NORTH)
2nd - Happy Yachting - SWE Pär Svärdson
3rd - Solsidan - SWE Magnus Woxén
4th - Forum ILS - SWE Christofer Brugge (NORTH)
5th - Triple P - NED Fezi Khaleghi Yazdi
6th - Cheyenne - SWE Anders Helmrich (NORTH)
7th - Topas - GER Dr Harald Bruening (NORTH)
8th - Letto di Pletto - SWE Jan Hägg (NORTH)
9th - Civitanova - SWE Henrik Boding (NORTH)
10th - Orca - SWE Patrick Lindblom (NORTH)
11th - Natural Magic Energy - SWE Pierre Grönberg

Next race in Sweden was an offshore race (Around Gotland Runt Race). This is the longest offshore race in Sweden, 360 NM. Nine Farr 30s entered the race and it was by far the biggest one design class! It started in Stockholm City and is sailed through the Archipelago with thousands of islands, then around an island called Gotland to finish in Sandhamn.

All Farr 30s performed very well. We had all kinds of wind but best memory was last downwind leg back to Almagrundet, by a lighthouse outside Sandhamn. Many Farr 30 beat their top speed record. The best speed was the Farr 30 youth team, all sailors under 20 years old. In a thunder storm, they did 23.4 knots of speed!

North Sails has developed a fractional asymmetric sail for this type of race. It’s a "code" sail with 75% mid girth, to meet class rules for the fractional sail. This sail can be used in both light upwind-reaching conditions (TWA 70-90) and in stronger winds while reaching downwind. The first and second-placed Farr 30s used this sail during the offshore race.

Next race in Sweden is “kräftköret”, a two-day regatta with a distance race on Saturday and upwind-downwind races on Sunday. On Saturday night, we have a very traditional “kräftskiva” were we eat Swedish Crayfish and have one or two drinks!

See you on the water!
Martin Strandberg
Farr 30 Class Leader