Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sønderborg Wins Danish J/70 Sailing League Act II

J/70s racing Danish Sailing League (Juelsminde, Denmark)- Never before it has been closer than it was in Juelsminde at the June 17-19 Danish J/70 Sailing League Division 2 event. Sønderborg Yacht Club kept their cool and won the event ahead of the Sejlklubben Sundet and the Yachtklubben Furesøen. Yachtklubben Furesøen still leads the overall leaderboard in the second division.

Five clubs were within two points of each other before the last race.  The entire outcome of the regatta, therefore, was based on “who beat who” in the third FINAL 6 race.  Sailing like a boat possessed, the Sejlklubben Sundet team posted a 2-1-2 in the finale to nearly steal the event from Sonderborg.  For their part, Sonderborg seemingly wilted under the pressure after an initial 5-4, but won the last race to clinch the win overall.

Danish J/70 sailing league winnersPerhaps the biggest “choke” of the regatta was by the previous winner's mistakes on the last day’s finale. Yachtklubben Furesøen impressed their competitors with five straight bullets in a row in the last six races before the FINAL 6 sail-off.  However, a shrimping of their gennaker in the 10-12 m/s wind totally ruined the Furesoen team’s second FINAL 6 sail-off.  So, the four young skiff sailors for YF sailed to a 3-6-3 to settle for third place.  Fourth was Silkeborg Sejlklub and fifth Struer Sejlklub. 

Since YK Furesøen won the season's first event in Lundeborg, they now lead the overall second division with 34 points - ahead of Sønderborg with 33 points and with Sejlklubben Sound and Silkeborg Yacht Club on a shared third place with 31 points.  For more Danish J/70 Sailing League information