Skagen Race

 

The 2014 Skagen race was wonderful though we didnt make a good race. We had upwind problems in the start which destroid a bit of our chances. But the reach down to the last mark before the last leg was good. But we missed a gennakker. At a certain time the wind turned bak and some of the boats we were compeeting against hoisted assyms and off they went, We had to wait a bit to hoist the spi and we never managed to catch them. An assym would be great. Our spi-legg from the last rounding  there was ok and now the genakker boats were struggling.  I think we could have pressed on more by pumping the spi and cutting up to get the boat into more surfs. Looking back we were a bit passive. Our top speed was more than 13 knots. We had some fantastic very long surfs, i would say it actually planned for periods. The boat handles very well and is very stable at high speeds when planning. we had three jibs during the leg and two went well one did not go so well and the spi boom pinched a hole in the main sail. But this was an easy fix with some sail foil. 16 hours from Åsgårdstrand to Skagen is anyway not bad.

After a night in Skagen and a wonderful breakfast we sailed back home through the night and a nice south westerly breeze.

 

Reaching leg along Swedish coast

 

The spi leg crossing over to Denmark