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Archipelago Raid

Strandberg & Örtendahl claim home raid

"You can’t finish better than this. It is just an ultimate sailing race"

Saturday 22 August 2009Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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The Archipelago Raid 2009 finished with Swedish team Thule as winners. Martin Strandberg and Johan Örtendahl made an extraordinary final effort to claim first prize. They won every leg in the last two days of the Raid and caught up with their toughest rivals – Citus, the French pair of Eric Proust and Romain Motteau, who won the event last year. Third was Audio Network, the British duo of William Sunnucks and Simon Farren, whose chance of victory slipped away yesterday after striking rocks.

Strandberg and Örtendahl scored 258 points, 5 more than their French rivals, and won 5 legs out of 10, missing out on the podium places on only two occasions.

Thule was really determined to catch up with Citus today. The French team was 3 points ahead in the overall standings this morning, and could have been the first crew to win two Raids in a row. But Thule wanted the trophy back for a Swedish team, and they won both legs of the day as they did yesterday, only being second in the first Checkpoint.

“It was fantastic, a really tough race. Eric (Proust, Citus) was sailing so well so we had to put 200 per cent to beat him.”, and ecstatic Strandberg comented at the finish at the At Sea complex in Lidingö island. “For me the toughest moment mentally was when we crossed to Aland. We made such a big mistake and we went to the Checkpoint that was cancelled and we lost a lot of positions. I thought it was over, because Eric was sailing so well so losing 8 points there was tough, really tough.” But then they had two perfect days. “You can’t finish better than this. I think is just an ultimate sailing race. You’ve got everything: nature, sailing, navigation, tactics… everything.”, the Swedish skipper concluded.

Team Thule wasn´t the only happy team today. Among the teams who enjoyed the event most were Team Cobalt, made up of Britons Luke Yeats and Matthew Humphreys, who finished the best as the best rookies and eighth overall. “This has been probably the best organized event I’ve ever sailed at. We had all the organization boats with us all the time and getting all the tents and food arranged in the middle of nowhere and having almost thirty boats through a very complicated course…it was really worth the tough moments.” They, and the Archipelago Raid, will return next year.

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Final score

- THULE (Martin Strandberg/Johan Örtendahl) 258
- Citus (Eric Proust/Romain Motteau) 252
- Audio Network ( William Sunnucks/Simon Farren) 235.5
- McDonalds - Huysman (Demesmaeker/ Pr 219
- Team Garmin (John Bäck/Gustav Morin) 210.5
- Hållsten-Torlen(Martin Hållsten/Kalle Torlen) 195
- Bourgnon-Gauthier (Yvan Bourgnon/Pierre Gauthier) 192
- Team Cobalt (Luke Yeates/Matt Humphreys) 178
- Team Blue (Conrad Humphreys/Ryan Crawford) 165
- Audi (Anders Lewander/Hanse Thorslund) 161
- RockStaRR (Richardson/McHugh) 148
- GB Glace (Karin Almquist/Fredrik Aurell) 143
- Rogue Sailors (Berensson/Blomberg) 136
- BOHICA (Thomas Johansson/ Brad Marsh) 134
- EffetFenouil (Samuel Vionnet/Andreas Schuler) 134
- Ursuit (Matti Nieminen/ Mikko Nieminen) 97
- Tacktick SUUNTO (David Scully/Claire Bailey) 96
- Team w4 (Michael Walther/Marcus Mattis) 95
- SWE 49 (Fredrik Karlsson/Ricard Miedel) 86
- Team Piano (Agne Nilsson/Jason Field) 69
- FGporsche (Francis Proot/Simon Van Ack 68
- Team Premiere Global Services (Grünert/Gravdal) 68
- Black or White (Maurizio Vettorato/Andrea Gancia) 64
- SWE 558 (Ola Persson/Michael Persson) 49
- WIPAK (Janne Riihelä/Nora Eskola) 40
- SWE 042 (Micael Edler/Martin Åkerlund) 39

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