The first of two Norwegian offshore championship events was held yesterday and was hosted by the Outboardklubben in co-operation with former offshore World champion, Atle Staff reports Frode Sundsdal.
Staff not only put the facilities of a Covid secure Hankø Marina at the disposal of the racers he also provided a fleet of safety boats.
Five classes were competed for at the event, Class 3 J,A,C & D and P750 (ThunderCat).
Girl Power in 3J
Thomas Braaten and Silje Knutsen started as the favourites to defend their title, but the all girl team of Oline Norli and Guro Eliassen were on fire!
The pairing won both of the races and Braaten said after:
They were faster and drove better in the rough than us, there’s not much else to say after that!
Two boats in 3A
Mathias Halvorsen and Caroline Garcia in A4 won the first race beating Dan Torkel Gliddi in A87.
Gliddi had to retire from the race after breaking the saddle on his Mercury 115 Pro XS in the big seas.
The Sandvik brothers’ ThunderCat loved the conditions and gave most of the faster offshore boats a run for their money!
They took class honours beating rookie team #66.
5 boats competed for the 3C National championship
Erik Sundblad Johansen and Frank Wilson won the Norwegian Championship for the second time in a row, Johansen´s third since 2018. He said after:
It’s fair to say that the young boys starts to pick up speed, and give us a proper fight.
I made one mistake, on the first lap, and that was enough to sit in second place for the first lap behind Alexander Gladman in C8.
Gladmann drove a fantastic race and finished second in race one and in the championship overall.
A small navigation error from Jonas Hansen and Petter Wee resulted in an disqualification in race one, Tobias Munthe Kaas, debuting in 3C offshore, also made the same mistake and received the same penalty.
Munthe Kaas was second in race two behind a hard charging Sundblad Johansen in C55.
The UIM F2 racer managed to hold off his good friend, and many times mechanic Alexander Gladmann in C8 and he said after:
It was great fun, and to race 3C in these conditions was very demanding, scary to be honest!
Sundblad Johansen said that it’s a great motivation factor to have the young guns breathing down his neck:
I will continue to push, even after we start to race the 3D boat.
3D – A proper test
Jan Trygve Braaten and Andre Knutsen used the day to test different set-ups.
Their boat used to run with twin 2.5 EFI Mercury motors and they have now changed those for Optimax engines, the first time that the ex-Rashed Al Marri catamaran has had that power.
Topping out over 110 MPH proves the fact that there is an interesting adventure ahead for this boat and Braaten said after that the boat had delivered on its expectations.
The day was a great success, with happy faces and drivers and organisers delivering at a high level.
Atle Staff said after the racing:
It was great too see some proper offshore racing, waves up to two meters gave the drivers a run for their money, and we are very proud to host the championship at Hankø Marina.
Next week is the season finale in Tvedestrand on the 5th of October.