King Harald with his TP52 "Fram XVI" takes the lead in the Baltic IRC Circuit

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1040 boats started in sunshine and light winds to the long-distance Faerder'n Race. This regatta is the most popular long-distance race in Norway, and the fourth regatta of the Baltic IRC series. The race track is about 120 nm long and runs from Oslo around the lighthouse Faerder Fyr on the Tristein island at the exit of the Oslo Fjord, and back again. The challenge in this race is the navigation between the islands and the current tactics in Oslofjord. Under certain circumstances the yachts have to deal with very rough Skagerrak weather at the outflow of the Oslo Fjord.
Therefore, the lighthouse Faedern has a comparable meaning for the Norwegians as the Fastnet-Rock has for the British.

The registration record of 1080 boats was only shortly undercut. First boat over the finish line was the Fram XVI of Norway's King Harald, closely followed by Camilla von Ole Martin Vordahl who arrived only ten minutes later. Over a long time, Camilla was in the lead, but the ship got caught in a calm-hole and therefor lost it's lead. Among the Norwegain's popular class LIGHT R40, the first ship over the finish line at 7:28 am was the First 40 "Teknova" with the Swedish Skipper Begt Falkenberg. Three 60-foot trimarans of the Formula 60 Class vainly tried to break 2008's record of 10 hours, 35 minutes and 10 seconds. Unfortunately the wind died in the course of the race so that many boats were stuck in the calm for a long time and therefor gave up. The rain and the cold did the rest, that many crews lost their desire to sail on. Those who persevered and also had been quick enough were rewarded with great wind and surfs at the usual Skagerrak swells. The slower boats had to windward, to circumnavigate the island Tristein. Download the actual scoring here