Marstrand 12mR Cup Race Report, submitted by Christian Hörberg
September 6, 2022, Marstrand Sweden: Nine beautiful 12 metre yachts from the Baltic Fleet have, the past week-end, competed for the Marstrand Cup at the sailing hub Marstrand north of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. For a number of good reasons we were able to carry out this Regatta in a most successful way. First of all, as mentioned, no less than nine extremely beautiful yachts participated. Secondly, we were fortunate to have great weather conditions with fair winds and lots of sun. I am also convinced that the yacht owners and their crews were all satisfied with the conditions on the racecourse as well as the social events that took place each day after the sailings. In the organization we had hard working race officials under the supervision of the Commodore of the Gothenburg Sailing Club, Mr Robert Sinclair and the Commodore of the Marstrand Sailing Association, Mr Marcus Blomberg. Finally and most important, we were pleased to have the legendary Swedish sail giant, Mr. Pelle Petterson, handing out the cups during the prize ceremony. Below you will find a photo where Mr. Petterson hands over the Pelle Petterson Trophy to the winner Patrick Howaldt with his yacht s/y Vim (US-15). ~ Christian Hörberg
Editor’s Note: Vim (US-15) skippered by Patrick Howaldt won the eight-race regatta with a total of 13.0 points (w/1 throw-out) closely followed by Northern Light (US-14) with 14.0 points and Nini Anker (N-15) with a 16.0 point total. The top three places in Baltic Handicap scoring went to Flica II (K-14), Trivia (K-10) and Thea (D-1) respectively.
ABOUT THE MARSTRAND 12 METRE CUP:
The 12 Metre Yacht Club Marstrand Station was commissioned in 2011. Among its’ first members were Lars Unger and Pelle Petterson, who designed and helmed Sverige (S-3), the Swedish challenger for the America’s Cup in 1977 and 1980. A number of Sverige sailors are also among the Membership of the Göteborgs Seglarklubbs (GSK) who, with Marstrands Segelsällskap (MSS) organized and hosted the Marstrand 12mR Cup 2022.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE ASSOCIATION (ITMA):
The 112 year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects including Olin Stephens, Clinton Crane, William Fife III, Johan Anker, Alfred Mylne, Charles E. Nicholson, Philip Rhodes, Ben Lexcen and more who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition– the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987). To learn more, visit 12mRClass.com