The series of four competitions sailed on the fleet of 12 J/70s that were to start this past spring has been reduced to two competition weekends, where the first was decided in Örnsköldsvik from August 14-16. Sweden’s best racing clubs are vying for the Championship title in the two competitions on the program this year, as the Coronavirus pandemic put an end to sporting events this spring. The second round will be sailed in Västerås from September 4-6. This year’s Allsvenskan consists of 18 clubs. Last year, KSSS won. During three days of competition, the ambition was to run 45 races, meaning 15 races per club team. The races are judged directly on the water, so first to the finish wins. Each crew must consist of one person of each sex and at least one sailor under 25 years of age. How did it turn out for the teams? GKSS won the first part of the Allsvenskan Segling competition. Inside the harbor in Örnsköldsvik, the Gothenburgers sailed stably, and in the 16 races they sailed, they were on the podium 15 times…and they won 10 of them. “We grew as a team through the weekend and learned a lot from each other. Because everyone sails Skiffs and 49ers on a daily basis, we spoke the same language on board even though we are new to the boat,” says Marcus Anjemark from GKSS. “It has been a fantastic long weekend in Örnsköldsvik with perfect weather and varying winds. Extra fun that it was such an outstanding live broadcast that further strengthened the event.” The team consisted of Carl P Sylvan (helmsman), Anjemark, Oscar Andersson and Elin Sevedag. It was only in Friday’s light winds that GKSS did not dominate. But when the wind increased on Saturday and also on Sunday (when it was steady at 5-8 m/s and up to 10 m/s in the villages), their dominance also increased. Before the finale, where the six best teams competed for double points, only the reigning Allsvenskan champions from KSSS, with Björn Hansen at the helm, could threaten the Gothenburgers. But, then KSSS needed to beat GKSS by four places just to win. But KSSS missed the start, and GKSS was able to sail to the finish line as the winner in the finale and complete the win. Third was the newcomer Runmarö Yacht Club. For more Swedish J/70 Sailing League information, visit https://www.svensksegling.se/SSFtavlingar/Allsvenskan.