Sweden, Swedish National Championships 2013
5 - 7 July
Report by Greg Wilcox
So the original idea was a bit of a road trip involving two other local OK sailors however they both decided to stay at home so we packed one OK and the kayak and headed for Rostock.The overnight ferry with cabin to Trelleborg was a good idea as then we had the whole day to drive the 440km north to Lake Vattern through the endlesssssssssssss summer of Sweden.
The Swedish OK Nationals was combined with the Snipe Nordic Championship and I have to say the classes were quite compatible both on and off the water. The club in Motala is very nice with plenty of space for camping and easy launching.
The first day we had 2 races however in the 2nd race the wind died completely after the first 8 boats had finished which meant the rest of the fleet did not make the time limit. It was quite warm but the best thing there is that when you are thirsty you just fill your water bottle up straight from the crystal clear clean lake water!
The Swedish fleet is growing again and the racing was very close for everyone with the 40 odd boats all finishing within 3-5 minutes. In almost all the races it was Thomas H M and Stefan Myralf and myself at the front but it was all very close.
The club put on a very nice BBQ for everyone but being Sweden there was a distinct lack of free beer. Luckily I came prepared and so did the Danes! In the end it was Thomas who managed to win from Myself then Stefan and Hans Elkjaer 4th.
There are plans to hold the Nordics there next year again combined with the Snipes. If so I will definately go and would really recommend that you try to come too. It is a beautiful area with plenty to do for families or to take a few extra days and go kayaking. The lake is 150km long and really very very nice. The Götakanal is crossing the lake.
Greg (NZL544): hang på - segla OK!