Finally, starting lists are up here.
According to the weather models, we’ll see medium winds 10-20 knots S to SW going south and a slight chance for some reaching in heavier winds 20-25 knots going back north. not super tactical, so boat speed and pushing hard the whole way will be key.
Class A: upwind in 12-16 knots will favor some of the bigger boats and make it harder for well-prepared teams in Dehler 30 and Z31.
My top 3 would include Figaro 3 Tutalör, J/121 Jolene, and SunFast 3600 Groovie. All of them have proven themselves in those waters and should love the conditions. But they should wach out for some bigger boats, notably Xp-44 XAR, Dehler 44 Off Course and Shogun 50 Ladykiller that could benefit if they reach critical gates before the fleet.
Betting office talk: will Klabbe make it around the island with the ClubSwan 36, or hang out in Sandhamn Sunday night?
Class B: super competitive and the weather should suit the JPKs and SunFasts very well. It’s hard to separate them but if I have to choose it would be SunFast 3300 Hyrrokin or one of the two JPK 10.30 AlmaVida or Hinden. Or JPK 10.10 Sharifa. Among the “normal” boats I would normally go with Arcona 340, but this is a different ballgame.
Big question: will Michael Wahlroos in the light wind optimized Farr 30 go for it even if the conditions are against them?
Class C: full of experienced sailors bit not as many shorthanded specialists as in class B. Bit three boats who can sail to their rating and be ok with the contitions is First 36.7 mod Pro4u, x-332 Lady X and Albin Nova Team Mobline.
Who have I missed?