The 14th World Nauticat Sailing Regatta
and Place: 9-11.7.2010 West port of Mariehamn N60 05´55
included 4 boats from Sweden, headed by the Commoder of Swedish
Nauticat club Hasse Weckström.
Most boats arrived to Marienhamn on Thursday and
board meeting for the club was held. The decisions included division
of roles and responsibilities for the regatta as well as location
for the next year’s regatta, which will be Airisto. The official
program for Regatta started on Friday. The regatta started with
Optari race in favourable weather conditions. The winner was Leena
Laiho. The results:
2. Juha Hyytiäinen
3. Jussi Laiho
4. Olavi Miinalainen
5. Håkan Hermansson
6. Markku Lindström
7. Paul Modeen
8. Jaakko Järvinen
After the optari race the festival flags were raised.
Regatta program started with a visit to Ålands Lagtinget with our
guide Riitta Värelä.The tour included fact and figures about the
island’s history, legistlation and autonomy. The group received
welcome and greeting from the representative of the city, Folke
Sjölund. He gave us a brief presentation of the Alandica cultural
center before dinner at hotel Arkipelag.
On Saturday morning the captains’ meeting decided that the route is
the same as previous time at Åland, except that the finish line is
at NC- flag line at the harbour.
At the time of start
Silja Galaxy appeared, so the starting time was moved back 15
minutes. Lauretta, Family affair ja Moonstar got the best start. The
others sailed in a tight group to the finish, pretty much in the
Koordinat N60 15´100 E22 06´400
13th Nauticat Sailing Regatta 16.7.-19.7.2009
The 13th Nauticat
Sailing Regatta was organized on the Baltic seashore at Airisto
holiday center. The event gathered together 26 boats and 74
participants from Finland, Sweden and UK. Airisto proved to be an
excellent choice for a location, catering for all our needs.
Especially the SPA with various types of saunas and dipping pools
was highly appreciated by the guests. The weather was sunny and
pleasant, even we would have wished for a bit more wind on Saturday.
Thursday July 16th, 2009
Most boats arrived
during Thursday the 16th, and stayed at a boardwalk that
Nauticat club had reserved and decorated for the event. Due to a
slight lack of space most boats were fastened to one another. This
made the atmosphere close and the participants got to know each
other better. The board had a meeting in the evening to agree on the
details of the regatta and other practical arrangements.
Friday July 17th, 2009
Friday July 17th
featured a visit to Nordkalk mine. Nordkalk is the leading producer
of high quality limestone-based products in Northern Europe. The
mine is 70 hectar open mine producing annually 2 million tons of
limestone and by products. The bottom of the impressive mine is 115
meters below sea level, while the highest peaks rise high above
surface. After the visit the lunch was served in the nautical city
In the afternoon
Nauticat had organized product and company presentations by safety
equipment and wearable gear producer Ursuk and decorating firm Ocean
Spirit. The evening continued at the SPA with sauna and barbeque at
Saturday July 18th, 2009
day of the Regatta. The rules of the competition were changed
so that the boats were divided into two groups: sailing boats and
motorized sailing boats. The competition is based on the sailing
time and NYS-count. In addition to these rankings, also the overall
fastest Nauticat and NC 33 winner will be awarded.
The competition was
terminated after three hours of sailing due to low wind conditions,
and the prevailing position was frozen as the final standings. Pekka
Niiniranta ja Alioth wan the race both for the fastest boat and
based on handicaps for the sailing boats. In motorized sailing boat
series the race was really tight, and in the end the first position
was tied between Heikki Hedborg’s Heidi and Jussi Laiho’s Hannacat.
NC 33-series went to Markku Lindström and Marjut-boat. All crews
received a medal for participation, sponsored by Nauticat Oy.
flavour was brought by Juha Ahonen and Catisca from Sweden, as well
as English boat Condor headed by Mike Scott, which also received a
special price at the regatta. After the awards ceremony we enjoyed a
delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Warm thanks for all
participants, Nauticat Oy and Airisto Strandbolle for the highly
Commodor Markku Lindström