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International Invitation Regatta at Tallinn, Estonia on New Year's Day

by RS Aero International Class Association on 11 Jan 1 January 2017
International Invitation Regatta at Tallinn, Estonia © www.Aleksandr-Abrosimov.com

Graced with unseasonably mild temperatures and perfect wind (for the 150+ spectators who enjoyed the show!) Estonia saw in the New Year in style with 16 top sailors at their invitational stadium RS Aero racing from their RS Sailing Estonia base at the 1980 Olympic sailing centre. This international concept event was launched by Karl-Martin Rammo, Estonia's Laser Olympian.

What do you do when you have 16 of Europe’s top small sail boat racers and there is no wind? Have fun anyway! A little Ae-ro-wing, some freestyling, New Year's plunging and revel in the New Year festivities ashore!

The competition was played to a team relay race endurance format, stadium racing in the width of the Pirita river. Four teams of four swapped in and out of their RS Aeros in turn to try to make the most laps within the time limit.

Several Olympians enjoyed the novel event with Anna Pohlaka (Laser Radial), Anna Maria Seppi (49erFX) and Karl-Martin Ramm (Laser) together with well known Estonian sailors Argo Vooremaa and Lauri Väinsalu.

The Team of Alex Mills Barton, Anna Pohlak, Lauri Väinsalu and Karl-Martin Rammo completed the most distance in the time.

With the benefit of experience from two Olympics, Karl-Martin is focused on developing a broader base of young and new sailors in Estonia over the next quadrennium. He spoke in his closing speech: "You see that no sun or wind is needed for a great sailing regatta! Young sailors learn from that!"

You must always seize your opportunities - two days later in Tallinn it was -10'C with snow and ice and the sea was starting to freeze!

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