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Author Topic: 2008 Worlds  (Read 4612 times)
Ken Smith

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sail often, travel light

« on: February 11, 2008, 07:00:31 PM »

Apparently everyone is chasing ice.  This is not a US phenomena.

From www.icesailing.org

Dear friends,

this is a pre-information about the situation for WC 2008 and EC 2008.

I’m right now (Monday, 11.02.2008) in the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki.

I started on Friday from Vienna to Peter Münnich to Salzburg from where we went Saturday and Sunday to Sandviken / Arsunda in Sweden. At this time Arsunda was the only information with sailable ice I had and I wanted to see this myself. The information about the ice was correct. Thick ice with slush on it. When we arrived on Sunday afternoon, the ice was wet and the slush was really deep and very, very wet. In the night there were about -2°C which caused that the slush became hard and on some places double-ice.
The most important problem is accommodation there. Next available hotel is about 35 km away !
But anyway – Thanks to Dag Lindström and the Swedish group to make such an effort to host us !

Sunday evening I got informations from Reko that they sailed at the weekend near Kouvola in Finland on Lappalan Järvi. Ice conditons seemd to be good, and what is not normal in Finland there is ac-commodation around 10 km available. So we decided to go to Finland and have a look on the ice there.

Driving to the ferry I had some phonecalls and got information from Tomasz Zakrzewski that at Lake Siemianowka where the juniors will have their event the next days exists good ice and accommodation within 20 Minutes to drive.

I will get better information tomorrow morning about iceconditions there and probably stop my investigations in Finland to turn back and go to Poland (via Tallinn).

This is not a final decision (not even any decision).
This is just for information. Unfortunately I can’t tell you anything where we will go to and I can’t exclude any place at this stage.

Regards, hopefully we will meet on good ice !!!


OE 221

P.S.: we are now 201 sailors on the list. From some sailors I know that it depends on where we go to. So I guess that we can get in all sailors from the waiting-list.
P.P.S.: Please (!!!) to be fair to the sailors waiting on the list and not knowing if they should start travelling or not – IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU WON’T COME - SEND INFORMATION TO ME !!!!!

Ken Smith
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