Competition analysis: SRS Double Handed
2018-06-27 - ÅF Offshore Race
When writing this, Tuesday morning I realize that the weather predictions are not as yesterday. Now it shows fresh northerly winds Sunday and Monday.
This time I am writing about the participants in the Double Handed class, a class with 28 boats, an increase from last year.
Here we find the smallest boat, Birdie 24 Khadine with Erik Carlstedt and Theodor Bidö. This boat shows that you can participate in an old 24 footer and they are probably the youngest crew in ÅF Offshore Race.
Khadine is not one of my favourites in the class, but they were 9th in Sandhamn Open off shore among 20 boats. They will probably end up somewhere in the middle. Second slowest boat in the competition is an IW 31 also in the Double Handed Class.
The great favourite should be SunFast 3600 Groovie with Martin Dubois and Peter Lindström. They won last year and were second the year before. They also won their classes in Seapilot 2star and have a lot of good results in other races in the Stockholm area.
The main challenger to Groovie in my opinion is J/122 Joule with Marcus Österberg and Mikael Söder from Västerås. They are always at the top in shorthanded races, including second 2014 in the ÅFOR doublehanded class, at that time with a Dehler 33 Dagmar. Last year they were sixth, but with one more year of practice with the J/122, they should be able to be in contention for the podium.
Diva 34 SC is a brand-new construction that raced for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The result was a seventh place among 100 boats. Diva 34 Rymling is sailed by Marcus Lindquist and Mattias Gustafsson who ought to know how to do it. Mattias has probably made the sails for the boat himself.
But there are of course other teams that could be at the top. One late entry is Aspect 40 Perfect with Eric Ygberg and Peter Wennerström. Perfect was really good this spring with a third place in the class in Seapilot.
There are also two Figaro II high up among my favourites. Tutalör with Klas Jonzon and Christian Martin and Williwaw with the girls Emely Hagen and Anna Drougge. We are used to seeing Tutalör high up in the results. Willawas on the other hand is a newcomer but Hagen and Drougge are definitely no newcomers. Anna won the DH class in ÅFOR 2013.
My three favourites in the class are Sunfast 3600 Groovie – J/122 Joule – Diva 34 SC Rymling
Translated by Eva Holmsten