Swedish double in Kona Europeans

DSC_9090_01After three days of intense racing Swedish Adam Holm (20 year) is the new European Champion in Kona One. His younger sister Andrea (17 year) won the silver medal before Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen.

A total of 69 sailors from eight nations competed during the three race days. The conditions varied from extreme light to strong and gusty winds. Adam Holm proved to master these conditions to perfection win an impressive five bullets out of eight races and a total score: 1-1-2-(3)-1-2-1-1.

– I am very happy. It’s my first gold in the Europeans and I value this highly. My racing has been very good throughout the weekend. It’s been the most demanding and rewarding Kona-championship for me, the gold medalist Adam Holm, comments.

Kona One is one of the fastest growing windsurfing classes in the world and part of ISAF. It is a one type class where all sailors have identical boards and men and women compete together. The same sail is used in all conditions and size according to weight, to give as fair conditions as possible. It is further a non-pumping class.

Sweden has a strong Kona One-team and has won several international titles over the last few years. The two major talents are young Adam and Andrea Holm. Already at the age of 18, Adam won his first World Championship in 2012 at the Canary Islands.

– My main focus now is Rio 2016 in the RS:X-class. The result here at the Kona Europeans has given me extra energy which I will use for the rest of the season, Adam continues.

17 year old Andrea Holm won the silver after three bullets. Already last year she delivered strongly with a win in both the senior and junior Kona Swedish nationals. She was also close to winning the Kona Worlds in Canada.

– I am extremely content with my sailing. Everything has worked really well during the Europeans. It’s great fun to race with the guys. My main goal now is the Kona Worlds in Florida in November where I’m aiming for a medal, Andrea Holm comments. [Read more…]

Tomas Skålén seglar Mästarnas Mästare

DSC_8326_01Men Int Melges 24 SM vanns av Eivind Rubenstein från Fredrikstad i Norge. Tätt följt av den finska seglaren Thomas Hacklin. Samma slutpoäng! Trea blev normannen Karl Otto Book.

Tomas Skålén, Fredrik Pettersson, Erik Andersson och Jonas Pettersson-Sand från SSÅV blev bästa svensk på 5:e plats och tar därmed Melges klassens plats till Mästarnas Mästare i oktober här i Båstad. Resultat [Read more…]

Adam Holm Europamästare

DSC_9115_01Trots lätta och snurriga vindar blandat med åska, sol och regn lyckades seglingsledningen med konststycket att genomföra en segling. Sen blev det mest SUP tävling i väntan på finalen. Som fick blåsas av på grund av blixt och dunder.

Adam och Andrea Holm tog hem guld och silver och Tim Aagesen från Hellerup blev trea. Reslutat [Read more…]

Melges 24 – lördagen blev en kanondag

DSC_8330_02Dagen bjöd på fantastiska förutsättningar på banan.

Vindstyrkan ökade succesivt under dagen från lätt/mellanvind till hårdvind på 8-9 m/sek. Riktningen pendlande i periodiska skift om 20 grader fram o tillbaka kring  en konstant huvudriktning. I takt med den ökande vinden kom också de svenska framgångarna även om man inte rådde på Thomas Hacklin eller Eivind Rubenstein. Mellan dessa båda skiljer det nu endast 1 poäng inför den avslutande segling där Thomas Skålen ligger på tredjeplats. [Read more…]

Second day – Holm power

DSC_9132_01Second day of Europeans was the day of big smiles. After the quarrel with the wind gods yesterday the sailors had understood who is in charge and had prayed their evening and morning prayers. It paid off. Today the Kona wind gods were at their best mood delivering excellent conditions.

17-year old Swedish windsurfing talent Andrea Holm clearly was among those that had put most effort into giving respect to the wind gods. After impressive sailing in the first morning race she could clear a strong bullet before Danish legend Tim Aagesen and her older brother Adam, the overall leader after day one.

The second morning race was spelled HOLM. Adam secured his third victory in six races before Andrea and big daddy Björn Holm, 2013 year’s Kona world champion.

During the lunch break the wind started picking up to 20 knots, delivering a promising message, making the racers eager to get back out on the race course.

Andrea, who spent the winter in Florida with the Canadian RS:X-team, and previously has been known as a light wind sailor, won the first race showing that she has moved to a complete new level this season. Adam finished second before Jonas Davidsson Vitell.

The last race of the day was the most exciting and, at the same time, the most demanding. Arm muscles started to go on strike for more than one competitor but not for Adam Holm. Kona Europeans is part of his Road to Rio and besides his brilliant sailing technique he also possesses the physics of a top athlete. His performance on the race course was top-class and he cleared the first place completing the family Holm’s day.

Tomorrow is the day when the new European Kona champion will be crowned. Two races are planned in the morning before the final which is scheduled at 2 pm. The ten top sailors will qualify. Two of these are likely to be named Adam and Andrea.

May the best man – or woman – win. [Read more…]

Melges 24 – Norge dominerar

DSC_8390_01Blow Henri Lloyd med Eivind Rubenstein

Efter första dagen på Melges 24 int SM dominerar de norska båtarna som tar täten. Seglingsledningen fick snällt vänta efter första racet medan vinden snurrade 180 grader för att  tillslut få iväg seglarna. Dag Rune Wiksten med besättning fick en bra dag med en 1:a och en 2:a. Han leder sammanlagt på 3 poäng följt av nästa norska båt. Karl Otto Book har 6 poäng med en 2:a och en 4:a. Resultat

Kvällens invingen var välbesökt och efter en kall öl hälsade Maria Modigh alla välkomna till Seglarveckan. Seglingsledare Anders Larzon delade ut ledarpriset till Dag och Kerstin Gustafsson vår Borgmästare hälsade seglarna välkomna till sommaridyllen på Bjärehalvön. I minglet som följde fanns Karin Bengtsson vår egen turistchef som kunde glädja sig åt att Seglarveckan har kommit för att stanna.

Lugnet har nu lagt sig och vi ser fram emot dag 2. [Read more…]

First race day – frustration and delight

DSC_8477_01First day of racing of the Kona Europeans 2014. The local wind gods apparently had decided to play tricks with the sailors during the two morning races.
One god pulled the on/off-button, the other pulled the one for sudden and irregular wind shifts. And great number of the competitors had obviously not established a clear communication line with these divines, making the morning very demanding in the winds ranging from four to sixteen knots.

However, the one mastering these conditions was young Swedish RS:X-sailor Adam Holm. He registered two bullets after consistent and impressive sailing before Jonas Davidsson Vitell with a total of 6 points and Björn Holm also on 6 points.

During the afternoon a front moved in over the race area and the wind dropped considerably together with a 180 degrees change of direction. Before the wind had increased enough for racing everyone had had a great time waiting and chatting on the water. Finally everyone could line up eager to start racing in the new conditions with light but steady wind. Obviously quite a few were over-charged and the two first attempts both gave general recalls.

On the third attempt the fleet started off in a tight formation with a single sailor, 17 year old Andrea Holm, taking off as a speed bullet finishing first after impressive sailing. Second was brother Adam Holm reinforcing his position in the leader board with a net of 4 points.

In the overall, Anders Pers is second with 11 points and Jonas Davidsson is third with 13 points.

Results

Tonight all sailors relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset in the bay of Båstad. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks promising with winds up to 20 knots.

To be continued… [Read more…]