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Sweden Racing is a high performance sailing team that focuses on racing multihulls. We compete locally, regionally, across Europe and around the world.
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Tim & Thomas approaching the gate. Photo: Jonathan Åhlander
With a remarkably consistent performance over three days Tim Shuwalow and Thomas Ekefalk have claimed the Swedish F18 Championship. They won seven of the 10 races sailed and included a second and fifth in their scorecard of 14 points. They defeated their nearest competitors a visiting German team who finished on 30 points by a comfortable margin. Mathias Söderström and Fredrik Olssen were third with 56 points after just edging out other teams vying for the podium.
The regatta was held on the island of Sandhamn in the outer Stockholm archipelago in varied conditions. After an initial postponement ashore and then on the water two races were sailed on Friday afternoon. Five of the six races scheduled for Saturday were completed after a delay was necessary to allow a cruise ship to pass through the course. Despite a string of first places Tim and Thomas were put under pressure after a Black Flag OCS in Race 6. As each start was under a Black Flag (automatic disqualification) they had to be cautious for the remainder of the regatta as they couldn't afford another OCS with only one discard allowed. The final three races were sailed on Sunday in what began as a strong breeze that faded and shifted right dramatically.
The next challenge for Tim and Thomas is the F18 World Championships to be held in Long Beach California, USA, next month. They're both looking forward to the regatta and are very pleased with their performances in the lead up. They depart for Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on September 4 and have a week of training prior to the start of racing on the 11th.
Against some of the best names in the F18 class, Tim and Dutch crewman Karel 'Charlie' Begemann won Raid Revenge. After a great start to the event with two wins from two legs on day one they continued to sail fast and consistently. They maintained a narrow points lead after day two which they were able to protect to the finish.
Having never stepped on a boat together before this event they were extremely pleased that everything worked so well. Tim and Charlie's combined experience meant that they could concentrate on getting the most out of the boat as well as focussing on the important navigational side of raid racing.
Now in its third year Raid Revenge attracted 25 teams with sailors representing 8 countries. The favourites were last years winners Darren Bundock and Jeroen van Leeuwan who are the reigning F18 World Champions. Darren is one of the most respected catamaran sailors in the world having 13 world titles to his name is currently sailing with Oracle Team USA and helmsman and coach for the 34th America's Cup.
The course took the teams from the start at KSSS Saltsjöbaden out into the archipelago around the island of Ornö then south to Rånö which was used as a basecamp. The second day focussed around the coastal town of Nynäshamn and the island of Muskö before once again returning to Rånö. The facilities offered were great allowing the sailors to relax after racing and enjoy a fanastic BBQ dinner each evening. The final day essentially saw the teams sail Friday's course but in reverse and in far worse weather conditions.
Despite the grey skies and rain over the weekend it was very clear that all the teams enjoyed the close racing through the amazing archipelago and the great comraderie ashore. Many visiting teams indicating that they will be back next year for sure!
Tim would like to thank Charlie for a great three days of sailing and hope that he and his skipper come back to challenge in 2013!
Tim & Thomas Out in Front on Ornö Raid
26 May 2012
It was a day of mixed emotions today, Tim teamed up with Thomas Ekefalk to sail Ornö Raid. The raid comprised a race from Saltsjöbaden to Ornö, then the annual Ornö Runt followed by a race home.
After a reasonable start in the first leg they made things worse by hitting the top mark and completing a penalty turn. After loosing more ground they slowly began clawing back in distance lost to the leaders and hit the front after about 45 minutes of downwind sailing. Or at least they thought they were in front until a boat that took a different route to the south appeared with a comfortable lead. Once again the deficit was reeled back in slowly until snatching victory on the final approach to the finish to win by just four seconds.
The race around Ornö started very well for the team with a good start, gaining the early lead then quickly establishing a commanding one. They finished five minutes ahead of their nearest rival in the F18 class but later realised they had passed the wrong side of a waypoint, although they effectively sailed greater distance they decided to retire as they had not completed the course as required by the sailing instructions.
A close battle for the lead developed soon after the start of the leg back to Saltsjöbaden with three other boats. Tim and Thomas gained the accendency shortly before exiting the channel alongside Ornö and entering more open water and maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the race.
Despite a lapse in concentration that led to the navigational mistake, Tim and Thomas were extremely pleased with the way they sailed. Normally skippers who compete against one another, this success means they are now planning on sailing the F18 World Championships together in the US in September.
7 May 2012
Sweden Racing's Tim and Olof have won the opening regatta of the Formula 18 season in fine style! Winning seven out of the nine heats sailed they finished a very convincing 21 points clear of their nearest rivals.
The regatta sailed over two days saw a variety of conditions from extremely light and variable winds to near gale force forcing the majority of the fleet to retire from one race.
"It's great to start the season knowing that we're sailing well" said Tim. "We're really looking forward to the big events on the calendar this year which are Raid Revenge (June), the Swedish Championships (August) and then the Nordic Championships in Helsinki (September)."
Henrik Grape will replace Olof for Raid Revenge who has coinciding work committments overseas. Having sailed the famous Archipelago Raid on multiple ocassions Henrik's experience and skills will be valuable as navigation plays a very important role in raid racing.
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