Marga, photo Malcolm Hanes

Marga of 1921 won the Cup for the second time


The 95 sq m Marga built by the Holm Yachtyard in 1921 won the Baltic Classic Master Cup 2018. Marga is helmed by Mia Widstrand and she and her team had a tough start of this year's Cup. Marga, a skerry cruiser, returned to port after facing very rough seas and winds in the ÅFOR Classic (a shortened version of the Around Gotland race), a race that the offshore cruiser Refanut won.

Marga who won the Blatic Classic Masters last year, redeemed herself in the Airisto Classic at Turku, Finland and won that race. The score is very dependent on the number of yachts participating, so with more than 20 yachts racing in Airisto Regatta regatta Marga gained  twice as many points than Refanut did in ÅFOR. Refanut did not race at Turku.

There were only two yachts racing for the Cup in the Helsinki Champagne Regatta, so participation there gave very few points. The finnish yachts Circe who did very well in ÅFOR Classic won in Helsinki dropped from 9th place in ÅFOR to 19th in the total Cup results

At Sandhamn the winner was 30 sq m Pani with Marga on third place and Refanut fifth. Refanut scored 2nd in the Cup,  followed by 150 sq m Beatrice Aurore, Ballad and Pani.

Photo Olle Appelberg

Welcome to the 2018 Baltic Classic Masters!


Here is the regatta program for the 2018 Baltic Classic Master Cup. 

July 1-4
ÅF Offshore Race Classic start in downtown Stockholm, Sweden. 

July 26-28
Airisto Classic Regatta at Åbo Båtvarf, Turku,  Finland.

August 3-4
The Helsinki Champagne Regatta, HSS Skifferholmen Island, Helsinki, Finland.

August 9-11 
Sandhamnsregattan by Bluewater, KSSS at Sandhamn, Sweden.

Invitation Baltic Classic Master Cup


Take a look at the wonderful classic regattas at Stockholm, Turku, Finland, Helsinki and Sandhamn, Sweden. Come and join us in the races for the Baltic Classic Master Cup! The video was made for the 2017 season, but the program for 2018 is the same execept for a small adjustment of dates (see above) and the title of the Turku Regatta which is now named after the host club, Airisto.

Photo Malcolm Hanes

Marga won the 2017 Baltic Classic Masters - first in two regattas and second in one


The 95 sq m Marga won the Baltic Classic Master Cup 2017, finishing up with a victory in  the classic class of Sandhamnsregattan by Bluewater at Sandhamn Sweden. Marga won the first day’s race, finished fourth the second day and second the third day. Marga was skippered by Mia Widstrand. Her husband Henrik and their two boys are other members of the crew.

Marga raced three Baltic Classic Master regattas, ÅF Offshore Race in Sweden, Finland’s 100 Anniversary Regatta in Turku (Åbo) and Sandhamn. She won two of the regattas, Turku and Sandhamn and finished second in the Offshore Race. It is the second time the Widstrand family has won the Cup. A few years ago they won in the 55 sq m Miranda.  Marga belongs to Stockholms Segelklubb, the Stockholm sailing club.

Marga's skipper Mia Widstrand kissing the Cup. Photo Bobby Cyrus. 

The 75 sq m Bacchant finished second in the Cup. She was third in ÅFOR Classic and the Helsinki Champagne regatta and number 13 at Sandhamn. The captain is Magnus Adlercreutz of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS.
The offshore cruiser Friendship II from Porvoo (Borgå) in Finland took the third place in the Cup after racing in ÅF Offshore Race plus the regattas in Turku and Helsinki. Friendship II is skippered by Hilding Mattsson of Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK.

The Baltic Classic Master Cup with a pitcher to the right. Photo Malcolm Hanes

The Baltic Classic Master Cup is a challenge cup set up by GL Watson the oldest yacht design company in the world. The top three medal winners were also awarded a glass pitcher “10 degrees” to keep. It is designed by the classic sailor and glass artist Lars Sestervik. Latvia Classic Shipyard had donated the pitchers.
The cup rules had beenmodified this year and required that yachts raced at least one regatta in each country, Finland and Sweden. This reduced the number of contenders since for some reason very few yachts did cross the Sea of Åland. Two years ago 15 Swedish yachts raced in Turku and a few Finish yachts in the Swedish regattas. This year 17 yachts raced in Turku and 27 in Sandhamn, compared to 14 in ÅFOR Classic and only six in Helsinki.

Kim Weckström and Ingmar Bergman, SCYT, handing over the cup prizes to Mia Widstrand. Photo Christian Harding.

30 sq m Pani winner of the 2016 Baltic Classic Master Cup

Swedish yachts took top nine positions in Baltic Classic Masters


Baltic Classic Masters at Sandhamn in August became a primarily Swedish racing affair with 27 Swedish yachts, three Finnish, one Russian, one Belgian and one British. The 30 sq m Pani won, with 75 sq m Trumph second and 95 sq m Marga third. The best visiting yacht was Russian L6 offshore cruiser Nika, who finished 10th. The best Finnish yacht was offshore cruiser Kersti.

Nevertheless, the Baltic Classic Masters had the best turnout ever with 33 yachts  participating. Unfortunately, an additional two Finnish yachts could not make it to Sandhamn because of gale-force winds preceeding the event. Fortunately 8mR Vågspel and 10mR Kitty had crossed in good time and contributed together with Kersti, Varen (UK) and Nika to give the event an international athmospere of fun and racing, which was very much appreciated by all and not the least the organizing yacht club KSSS and Sail Yacht Society of Sweden.

The comparatively small 30 sq m Pani did very well in the quite windy three race that were partly exposed to open seas. Pani was sailed double handed by Janne and Max Nystedt. Pani was designed by Erik Nilsson in 1937.

Janne and Max Nystedt with the GL Watson Trophy.

Trumph had an improved rig configuration which for the first time ever allowed for a spinnacker and a genua. Trumph was designed by Gustaf Estlander and built 1921. Se was sailed by members of the Swahn family. The yacht was acquired by the grandfather of the present skipper Magnus Swahn in the late 1920's.

95 sq m Marga, designed by Tore Holm an built 1921, raced her first season for more than 50 years and has gone through a 17 year long total restoration. She was  sailed by the Widstrand family, who won last years Baltic Classic Masters in Turku with 55 sq m Mirand

Here is a link to the scoreboard.

The Baltic Classic Masters was held for the 7th year and this time it was hosted by the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS.