New Moon won the Grundig Hankø Race Week after a series of eight races, of which they won four. John B ended second with Artemis XIV in third, winning one race each. Fourth placed Clark Kent won the other two races.
The Grundig Hankø Race Week got underway on Thursday with a small but quality fleet of 5.5 Metres taking part. BAH 21 led BAH 22 and SUI 209 after the first day of racing. Like most of Europe, it was sunny weather, but unlike other places it was chilly in the beginning.
The first start was at 12 noon with the breeze about 9-11knots. New Moon went right while the fleet got a nice 30 degree favoured express lane. NOR 64 too
k the win from BAH 21 at the finish but the finish line was not clear and fleet went past the finish boat on the wrong side. It was later abandoned. New Moon won Race 2 after winning the pin and rounding top mark in third. She gybed inside at the windward mark and was up to first by the leeward mark.
Race 3 proved to be a tricky start. Up the right side of the course, NOR 57 sailed BAH 21 past the lay line approaching the windward mark and allows BAH 22 to sneak in. BAH 22 won from NOR 57 and BAH 21.
The fourth race was sailed in much lighter winds. After another bad start for New Moon, she went right and stayed there. The fleet seemed to expect a lot from the left, but this time right paid and after a steady and fast upwind leg, New Moon rounded first stayed there all the way to the finish line.
The second day was amostly light wind day on the race course but certainly not a simple day for the sailors. Race 4 commenced in around 5 knots with most boats looking for some tide relief on the right. SUI 209 was the only boat to make the left work and came in fast followed by NOR 57 and GBR 40. It remained a close battle to the finish with NOR 57 finding the fastest route to the finish, followed by SUI and GBR.
There was a bit of a wait ahead of Race 5 and some movement in the wind direction. The fleet was tightly packed, the left side led to the top. NOR 64 played both the first and second beats nicely towards the left and went on to take the win. GBR 40 finished second but closely followed by BAH 21 in third.
Having suffered a disappointing breakage on day 1, GBR 40 was happy to be in the mix and racing against a small but high quality fleet in Hanko. Two races was enough to satisfy the race committee and the fleet was sent back to the harbour.
On the final day, New Moon won the first two races in a building breeze, while Clark Kent won the final race after banging the corner again as the breeze finally came in.