Doyle Sails Melges 24 Nordic Trophy 2015 - Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 Is Melges 24 Estonian Champion
15 June 2015
15 June, 2015 - Tallinn, Estonia - The 2015 Melges 24 Estonian Championship was held on June 12-14 in Kalev Yacht Club, Tallinn, Estonia. This place is known for many sailors as the venue for the 2010 Melges 24 Worlds and also for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games' Sailing Regatta. This regatta was considered as the Doyle Sails Nordic Trophy's 2nd event and Finnish-Estonian Ranking' 3rd event. Not many chances are left for other teams with Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 winning the title of the Melges 24 Estonian Champion.
Five boats altogether - four Estonian and one Finnish boat enjoyed the event as well as great racing; this was only the second competition of the season for many of them. First day of the event in Tallinn was sailed in superb conditions. Two races completed with SW wind of 15-20 knots with a clear blue sky and wonderful sunshine. Lenny EST790 took two bullets while Freddy's team EST826 with Ants Haavel in helm got two second places and Peter Saraskin's Zuxu EST791 ended both races as third. The only Finnish boat, Tomi Hakola's Fundanything.com FIN742 ended the day as 4th (5-4) and Targo Raus' EST573 as 5th (4-5), who had the members of the Estonian Sailing Team, Finn-sailors Lauri Väinsalu and Martti Kinkar aboard.
On the second day four races were added to the series of six in total. Saiors were blessed with a beautiful summer day of more than +20 degrees outside, sunshine and blue sky with moderate wind of 3-5 m/s. Lenny and Freddy had quite a tight match-race during the three first races while Zuxu did not find their right move. Lenny ended the day with five points in total after their worst (2) race' discard five points ahead of Freddy. Unfortunately Zuxu was stuck in the pin-end buoy on the starting line of the fifth race and crossed the finishing line as last. Wind was pretty shifty already during the first three races and before the final race of the day the course was moved to another area due to the major wind change. Zuxu was showing great performance in this race and got their first win of the event finally being 3 points behind (13 points in total) from the 2nd position. Tomi Hakola got 5-4-3-4 on the second day and ended as fourth two points ahead (20 points in total) of Targo Raus' EST573.
Unfortunately the third day was a total opposite to the second one. Rain and only less than 4 knots, a very weak wind did not leave many choices for racing. The fleet was waiting ashore but the wind did not get any stronger before the time limit at 2 pm.
The scores remained as they were on Saturday evening and the medals of the Melges 24 Estonian Championship 2015 were shared as follows:
1. Estonian Champion - Lenny EST790, Tõnu Tõniste, Toomas Tõniste, Andres Rohtla, Tammo Otsasoo, Maiki Saaring
2. Freddy EST826 - Ants Haavel
3. Zuxu EST791 - Peter Saraskin
4. Fundanything.com FIN742 - Tomi Hakola
5. EST573 - Targo Raus
Video interview with Tõnu Tõniste - Lenny EST790.
Tõnu is talking about the event and his expectations to the Melges 24 Worlds in Middelfart in 2 weeks
Tõnu Tõniste's Lenny EST790 - photo: Piret Salmistu
Ants Haavel's Freddy EST826 - photo Piret Salmistu
Peter Saraskin's ZUXU EST791 - photo Piret salmistu
Estonian Champion - Lenny EST790 - photo Piret Salmistu
Happy Melges 24 sailors - photo Piret Salmistu
The third event of the Doyle Sails Melges 24 Nordic Trophy - Danish Championship - will be held in Sundby, Denmark on August 21-23. melges24.com/doylesailsnordictrophy
Before that event the fleet of nearly 100 Melges 24 boats will gather to another marina in Denmark - Middelfart, for the most important event of the year - World Championship 2015 organized by the Match Racing Denmark in co-operation with the International Melges 24 Class Association on June 30 - July 5. melges24worlds15.dk