Can Hometown Hero Hold Top Spot

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Can The Hometown Hero Hold Top Spot in Aarhus
August 29, 2017 Mattias Dahlström

Aarhus, Denmark (August 29, 2017) – M32 Series racing will steal the show on water as a fleet of five high-performance M32 catamarans bridge the gap between sea and city at Aarhus 2017, a festival celebrating the culture capital of Europe this year.

Aarhus will be the fourth stage of this five event series, and heading to Denmark it is local Aarhus Olympic gold medallist sailor Jonas Warrer who tops the leaderboard. The Wallén Racing team started their rookie season in the M32 catamaran in style as they snatched victory at the opening event in Gothenburg, Sweden. After struggling to execute strong starts when the series moved to Norway, Jonas and crew arrived at stage three in Helsinki with all cylinders firing and led the regatta from the first race to the last. In front of family, friends and local fans the Aarhus based team are looking to strengthen their lead on the overall leaderboard at this upcoming event.

Looking ahead to a home event on the series, Jonas said, “I am looking forward to my kids, friends, family and people from my hometown coming to the harbour to watch spectacular sail racing and cheer for us. These are really cool, fast boats so close you can almost touch them. Some of the best sailors giving everything they have.” When asked why locals should turn out to cheer for his team, Warrer remarked, “Cause we are not only winning races, we are also putting on a show.” Confident words, but this Danish team have certainly lived up to their word and entertained so far this season, both on and off the race course.

Another local skipper returning to the M32 Series Scandinavia at this event is Michael Hestbaek. Michael’s team competed on the circuit in 2015 but Aarhus marks the Olympian’s return to the class this year. These two Danish teams have a battle ahead to be crowd favourite over the regatta as both will hope to end the weekend on the top step of the podium.

One of the goals with M32 Series Scandinavia is to run racing in tight areas, and the water outside the Dokk 1 building in Aarhus will challenge both sailors and the race committee to the maximum in this aspect. It will be the tightest racecourse on the series which will allow higher lap races, adding to the drama as manoeuvres in the M32 are where races are often won, and lost. The race area is approximately 500m long, making the event truly stadium style racing.

Ahead of this penultimate event on the 2017 M32 Series Scandinavia, just four points separate the top three teams on the leaderboard. Everybody wants the advantage going into the final stop in Stockholm later in September, so expect to see tight racing and fierce battles between rivals.

The action will be covered on with photos, videos and live racing on our Facebook page, M32 Series. Stay tuned for all the updates as racing takes place August 31st – September 2nd. The race village is open from midday for all public to eat, drink and be entertained. The action doesn’t stop with the sailing – the CFA Sports managed race village hosts a daily After Sail party with licensed bar and live music, as well as a daily prize ceremony with the winning sailors.


2017 Leaderboard

PosCountryTeamSkipperE 1E 2E 3E 4E 5Tot Pts
1GBRGAC PindarIan Williams101210122468
2DENWallén RacingJonas Warrer1291291860
3SWEESSIQ Racing TeamNicklas Dackhammar7119102259
4SWEFLUX TeamJohnie Berntsson91011111455
5SUISection 16Richard Davies00801624
6NZLThe Carbon BoysChris Steele00002020
7AUSNeptune RacingSam Gilmour6800014
8NZLCHINAone NingboPhil Robertson11000011
9DENTriforkMichael Hestbaek000808
10NEDSailing Team NLPieter-Jan Postma800008