The last day of racing brought no change to the top of the leaderboard as Jan and Jakob continued their convincing light air performance. The only blemish in their somewhat boring line of firsts was seen in the penultimate start when they let four boats slip ahead. Behind the Danes, the battle was raging between Rosén/Stenger, Pinnell/Tellen, and Nieminen/Salonen. However, it turned in the favour of Finns when both the Swedish-German and British-German team had to score DNS from the last two starts in order to catch their planes and ferries back home – the starts were postponed in the morning while waiting for the sea breeze.
All in all, the race weekend was a success with 20 boats representing 5 nations. And although the conditions were light considering it’s September, the race committee did a great job and managed to get all 9 gate starts done. Probably the only grievance came from the jury, who felt a bit left out as there were no protests.
Also the all important shore activities such as after sail started right after sailing (pun intended) with recovery aiding substances such as hot meat pies and cold drinks, and a muscle-soothing sauna as a bonus.
During the socialising at least two ideas worth mentioning arose:
- The possibility of arranging a training camp in Helsinki with the Swedish fleet
- The possibility of arranging 505 Worlds at HSK sometime in the future
The first action point would be pretty easy, but the second one would require a full commitment from all the members the Finnish fleet.
The Finnish 505 Association is grateful for all the support from the sponsors, Helsingfors Segelklubb and the 505 community (meaning especially spouses, kids and dogs) and hopes to see good international 505 racing and training on our waters soon again.