Silver Moon II wins the Roschier Baltic Sea Race • Live Sail Die
Helsinki, July 26, 2022: Finland’s H-323 Silver Moon II, skippered by Salla Kaven, won the Roschier Baltic Sea Race after setting the fastest time after IRC correction for the new race organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Offshore Racing Alliance. The Kaven family have raced the 9.9 meter sloop designed by Hans Groop since their childhood on Lake Päijänne in southern Finland.
The first Roschier Baltic Sea race produced a host of trail leaders in the latter part of the six-day race. On day four, Tilmar Hansen’s mighty German TP52 Outsider was on pole position until the HSV Racing German youth team Carkeek 47 Störtebeker took the lead. The biggest boat in the race, Kenneth Bjoerklund’s CNB 76 Enderpearl was also a favorite on day five. On day six, Sweden’s Albin Nova Team Mobline, double-handed by Paer Lindfors & Nadine Kugel, took the lead. However, Silver Moon II, the penultimate boat to cross the finish line in Helsinki, won the prize. Silver Moon II won by just under 16 minutes after six days of racing. All team members are related by family or marriage. Although the team has won many local races in the past, beating an international fleet of proven winners is extraordinary.
The whole team was born and raised in Finland and a completely amateur crew. Salla is a teacher and her sister-in-law Heidi is a nurse. Salla’s brothers, Jorma and Jouni, are respectively an engineer and a paramedic, and Karl, Salla’s husband, is a firefighter. The Kaven family sailed from an early age with their parents who bought Silver Moon II in 1985. Salla became the skipper in 2012. The team fully admits that they sometimes argue during the races on Lake Päijänne, where they grew, but the arguments ceased. off the coast !
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Salla Kaven, skipper of Silver Moon II, cried tears of joy as a huge crowd cheered the team to the dock: “I’m speechless, so happy, we never thought we could win this race,” commented Salla, a teacher in Helsinki. “It was a great sail and everything went well, but even when we crossed the line I couldn’t believe it.” – but the message to all Salla amateur sailors is: “You can do it if you want; do what you love.”
The official supporters of the Roschier Baltic Sea Race are: The City of Helsinki; Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK), Finnish Offshore Racing Association (AMP); Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK); FINIRC and the Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society.
For more information on the Roschier Baltic Sea Race, visit:
http://www.rorc.org/baltic-sea-race or http://www.rorc.org/