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RS200 Open Swedish Class Championship

    RS100 and RS200 Swedish Open Championships

    Sweden has in the last two years developed very healthy and growing fleets in the RS100 and RS200 classes, and their Open Swedish Championships were held at the excellent SS Kaparen in Gottskar in early August, running alongside the RS500 World Championships. Gottskar is a small, beautiful town south of Gothenburg on the West coast of Sweden, with a great variety of sailing conditions from the sheltered bay off the club to the open fjord with big rolling waves.

    The RS200s sailed the first two days, which started the theme of wildly different conditions each day, and sometimes each race. Swedish super-Star sailor Mats Johansson crewed his 11-year old son Oskar to a win and Oskar is now RS200 Swedish open champion. We all warmed to his reported comment : "Dad, will you straighten your legs - you're hiking like a meatball". Local RS legend and dealer Christer Baath lost count of the laps at a critical point, and then capsized, just losing out on second to Emanuel Gillerberg. It should be added that Christer has added his own slant of custom vinyl hull colouring and matching huge sail numbers to the Swedish fleets, and they really do look great - even if Christer's own reflective gold medal coloured hull turned out to be a bit optimistic.

    The RS100s sailed the last two days, and being Vikings in this area all the boats took to the larger 10.2m sail. In the light winds and sheeting rain of the first day visiting lightweight Giles Chipperfield took advantage and beat Per-Erik Johansson into second place after some tight racing. Day 2 was a wilder affair with 12-20kt of ferociously gusting wind, which was a bit tricky after the fleet has shared in the RS500 Dutch party the evening before. Ex-OK sailor Paul Hedren nailed the first start by port tacking the fleet and made full use of his leverage upwind, but Christer Baath, in a bright orange boat this time, played the gusts and the shifts better to have a handsome lead at the first mark. However, Chipperfield's experience in the boat paid off downwind, and keeping the big rig above the water proved to be a winning strategy for the rest of the races. Giles Chipperfield ended as RS100 Swedish Open Champion after a fantastic day's sailing in testing winds and glorious sunshine.

    The SS Kaparen turned out pretty much every single one of their members either racing, helping on the water or in the galley, and proved to be the most generous and charming of hosts. Competitors could camp in front of the club, or accommodation in town ranged from hostel to very pleasant hotel. The local fish specialities were quite superb in both the main restaurants, and of course meatballs could be had as well. Race management was spot on: we visited all four race areas around the fjord and never experienced the same wind direction twice. This is a great venue, with marvellous hosts, and an RS event which non-Swedes should definitely start adding to their calendars.


    Giles Chipperfield

    Sailwave results for RS200 Open Swedish Class Championship 5-6 Aug 2013 at 2013

    RS200 Open Swedish Class Championship 5-6 Aug 2013

    Final results


    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 16, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Class Nat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1 RS 200 SWE 44 SSKA Oskar Johansson Mats Johansson 1.0 1.0 2.0 (8.0) 2.0 14.0 6.0
    2 RS 200 SWE 1453 SSKA Emanuel Gillerberg Oscar Koritz (7.0) 4.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 19.0 12.0
    3 RS 200 SWE 5 GKSS Christer Bååth Anette Johansson 4.0 2.0 5.0 2.0 (6.0) 19.0 13.0
    4 RS 200 SWE 6 SSKA Rustan Carlström Kristina Jönsson (10.0) 5.0 9.0 3.0 5.0 32.0 22.0
    5 RS 200 SWE 3 SSKA Carl-Fredric Rönnlund Pelle Flodin 3.0 (8.0) 8.0 6.0 7.0 32.0 24.0
    6 RS 200 SWE 1461 LBS Johan Lindell Olivia Lindell (13.0) 7.0 13.0 4.0 1.0 38.0 25.0
    7 RS 200 SWE 8 SSKA Johan Törnqvist Håkan Törnqvist 2.0 6.0 1.0 (DNC) DNC 43.0 26.0
    8 RS 200 SWE 367 KKKK Theo Westerlind Marcus Westerlind 5.0 3.0 3.0 (DNC) DNC 45.0 28.0
    9 RS 200 SWE 4 BBK Mikael Lidholm Mats Hansson 9.0 10.0 (14.0) 5.0 9.0 47.0 33.0
    10 RS 200 SWE 1472 XSS Henrik Andreasson Emma Andreasson (11.0) 9.0 7.0 11.0 8.0 46.0 35.0
    11 RS 200 SWE 114 SSF Andreas Landahl Stina Eriksson (DNF) 15.0 11.0 7.0 4.0 54.0 37.0
    12 RS 200 SWE 12   Victor Ceder Ulric Ceder 12.0 13.0 6.0 9.0 (DNC) 57.0 40.0
    13 RS 200 SWE 15 SSKA Marcus Gunnarsson Paul Hedrén 8.0 12.0 12.0 10.0 (DNC) 59.0 42.0
    14 RS 200 SWE 762 SSKA Karin Koritz Cathrine Gustafson 6.0 11.0 10.0 (DNC) DNC 61.0 44.0
    15 RS 200 SWE 413   Daniela Strömberg Tobias Strömberg 14.0 14.0 16.0 (DNC) 10.0 71.0 54.0
    16 RS 200 SWE 13 BKSS Hans Löfstrand Linn Enwald 15.0 16.0 15.0 (DNC) DNC 80.0 63.0

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