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Oktoberfest Regatta at Tallinn, Estonia

by RS Sailors Estonia 24 Oct 2018 15:52 BST 20 October 2018
Returning ashore after the Oktoberfest Regatta © RS Sailors Estonia

Last Saturday, we celebrated the successful end of the 2018 sailing season with the second year of our Oktoberfest Regatta, a one day event in RS Aeros and RS Qubas followed by a nice evening at the sailing center.

Prior to the race, there was a workshop where the RS Sailors instructor, Liina Kolk (RS Aero 5 World Championship 2nd overall and first Lady) shared the tricks of sailing RS Aeros and RS Qubas. After that, the draw took place between the 18 competitors, to assign each sailor to either the RS Aero and RS Quba fleets for the day's racing.

Five races were held in a swinging 2-3m/s from the southwest, where, after intense and exciting races, it turned out Oktoberfest Regatta winners were RS Aero - Markus Maalt and RS Quba - Ants Haavel.

We had the pleasure of welcoming the youngest participant in the regatta, Grigori Zigadlo, 11 years old. Grigori is like a real sailing fan of his father, who would love to spend his free time at sea. It was also a pleasure to see our good friend, Kairit, who came to the competition from Oulu, Finland, just outside the arctic circle - a 600-kilometer car journey and a two-hour ferry trip!

At the end of the regatta, it was time to move on to take the hot sauna and then to finish the season at the Vigri café where the sailing center's founder Ants Haavel spoke. He acknowledged everyone and talked about one of the important goals of raising the fleet of RS Aero and RS Quba Classes locally in the form of new owners of boats. The evening continued with Oktoberfest Regatta awards and enjoying a delicious cake to celebrate the close of the 2018 summer sailing season in Estonia.

RS Aero Results:

1. Markus Maalt (2, 2, 4, 1, 1)
2. Katri Plooman (1, 3, 1, 6, 3)
3. Damir Utorov (5, 6, 2, 2, 2)
4. Kairit Koiv (4, 1, 3, 5, 5)
5. Toomas Vara (6, 5, 7, 4, 4)
6. Andrei Lunjov (DNS, DNS, 5, 3, 6)
7. Jaanus Talp (7, 9, 6, 8, 7)
8. Aleksei Zigadlo (8, 7, 8, 7, 8)
9. Mart Oruaas (9, 8, 9, 9, DNF)

RS Quba Results:

1. Ants Haavel (1, 1, 1, 2, 6)
2. Kristo Ounap (2, 2, 2, 1, 2)
3. Liina Kolk (3, 4, 3, 4, 3)
4. Enn Epner (6, 8, 5, 5, 1)
5. Allan Epner (5, 5, 6, 3, 5)
6. Olga Kuvatova (7, 3, 8, 6, 4)
7. Grigori Zigadlo (4, 7, 4, 7, 8)
8. Tarmo Rammi (8, 6, 7, 8, 7)
9. Ats Alupere (9, 9, 9, 9, 9)

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