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Salona achievements throughout the years

The Invincible Salona 37 Team Lenco

 December 12, 2013  Croatia     Racing
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Champion of the Champions . . .

The crowd cheered when these words were spoken during the prize giving of the North Sea Regatta 2012 in The Netherlands. Not only did the team win overall in their class, but based on the most wins in the largest class also the overall North Sea Regatta Trophy was a well deserved win for Team Lenco.

”It was no easy win and we had to work hard to beat the strong competition. With the aggressive starts it is clear no competitor would make it easy for us. Sometimes we’re even brought into a difficult situation and if you see how smooth the team handles these, it shows we’re not a one day fly.” according to skipper Erik Van Vuuren. The mutual goal of both Erik Van Vuuren and Nico Brabers is to put Team Lenco back into the spotlights in their campaign to the ORCi Worlds in Helsinki, Finland in August this year.

Erik van Vuuren has just returned from the Global Ocean Race, taking line honours in the leg from Punta del Este to Charleston. Van Vuuren is no stranger to the rigours of offshore racing but he admits that the North Sea Race is a tough but worthwhile contest. `I think this is my 15th North Sea Race," explained Erik. "I have to say that this is often a very tough race and during the night it was very cold. We are preparing the boat for the world championship in Helsinki and we have put a lot of effort into preparing the boat. Everyone on board was thrilled by the result, everything went well for us, and good navigation, steering and all round teamwork produced this great result. The start of the race was really crucial for us. In the light winds, it is so important to keep the boat speed up, this requires discipline and concentration. On board Lenco, we have a mixture of very experienced sailors and younger crew, the young guys with dinghy experience are excellent trimmers and the older crew have a lot of experience with strategy, it is a great blend."

World Championships ORCi Salona 37
1st Netherlands championship ORC Salona 37
1st North Sea Race (IRC) Salona 42 ibc
1st Croatian Eastern Regatta (ORCi) Salona 37
1st Almere Regatta (ORC) Salona 37
3rd World Cup ORCi (ORC) Salona 37
W1st Netherlands Champioship ORC Salona 34
1St Flevorace 2009 Salona 34
2e Open Netherlands Championship ORC Salona 34
1st Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta (Overall) Salona 34
1st Yeoman Cup Salona 34
1st North Sea Race Salona 34
2nd Y-Toren Regatta Salona 34
1st Lenco Regatta Salona 34

Martin Nilsson's well-traveled Salona 37 Feelgood takes the top prize

 July 4, 2013  European Championship     Racing
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In a race that had light winds at the start in Stockholm but had breeze fill in on the remainder of the course, the three ORC Class winners have emerged at the 2013 AF Offshore Race, Sweden's most prominent offshore race. Because of this inverted wind pattern, the conditions favored the slower-rated boats in each class, with scoring using PCS on the Ocean course model.

The race featured not only tracking with graphics to show the participants progress in the race, but the tracker also calculated corrected time standings in real-time, an innovative feature that brought more accuracy to followers of the race.

So, even though the 100-foot super-maxi Esmit Europa 2 was first to finish the 350-mile race in elapsed time, they were unable to correct better than last place among the 15 entries in ORC Class A. Victory instead went to Ralf Aspholm?s Landmark 43 Datacom, with an all-start team on board that included Volvo Ocean Race veteran Roger Nilson as Navigator, the foredeck run by Anders Dahlsjo and UK-born Matt Humphries as tactician.

Aspholm wished to highlight the importance of the boat's owner, Christer Carenfelt, who now sailed the race for the 25th time. Christer is 72 years old and had decided that this was his last race around Gotland,? said Aspholm. ?Now he finally had his win and it was Christer who steered the last stretch toward the finish line in Sandhamn.? Runner-up was in Class A was Bjorn Osterberg?s Sydney 40 Cramo Sailing Team, and in third was Magnus Thorson?s Dehler 41 4TYONE.

In Class B Martin Nilsson?s well-traveled Salona 37 Feelgood took the top prize among the 17 boats entered in this class, with Hans-Ake Nordstedt?s First 40.7 Absolute Blue in second, and Bengt Falkenberg?s First 40 Teknova/Albatross Racing taking third.

Class C had 18 entries, and was won by another well-travelled team in ORC racing, Patrik Forsgren?s First 36.7 Team Arken Zoo. Imre Marmor?s First 36.7 Silva was second in corrected time, and Per Lindstedt?s Finngulf 33 La Dolca Vita finished third.

The ORCi 2011 European championship crowns go to Salona 37s Silva and Feelgood

 July , 2011  Netherlands     Racing

On the basis of not only great boatspeed but excellent crew work throughout the week, Peter Schmidt and his German team on his Evento 42 Silva Hispaniola have dominated Division 1 and with a 9.5-point margin have claimed the 2011 ORCi European championship crown. The German team never had a finish worse than fourth in the entire eight race series, and never worse than third in the six inshore races.

Five points behind Gertrud in the standings, Jan Henrik Bryde’s Norwegian team on his IMX 40 Xanthippe took the final place on the podium, but was the top finisher for the Division 1 Corinthian Trophy. The IMX 40, like her sistership Gertrud, benefited in part by the on-again, off-again conditions of the two offshore races which favoured the smaller, slower boats in each class.

In contrast to Silva’s dominance of Division 1, the winner of Division 2 was never clear all week, as new leaders came with nearly every race, although one team managed to emerge as the dominant force late in the competition. Martin Nilsson’s Swedish team on his Salona 37 Feelgood had impressive results in the inshore races – 3-1-6-2-2-2 – and survived well enough in the small-boat dominated offshore races to keep 10 points clear of the runner-up and claim the new ORCi European Champion Division 2 crown.

The Salona 37 is the 2007 Cruiser/Racer of the Year

 January 4, 2007  Croatia     Racing
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From the stainless-steel grid in its bilge to the top of its aluminum rig, the Salona 37 is a well-made, great-handling, dual-purpose racer.
by Tony Bessinger

The gap between racer/cruiser and cruiser/racer is ever narrowing because better design, construction methods, and materials, require fewer sacrifices on either side of the equation. This is especially true with the Salona 37. Designed by European design house, J&J, and built by AD Boats in Croatia, the Salona 37 is a boat that, thanks to its price, performance, and comfort, should be on many boat buyers' shortlist, regardless of which discipline one favors.As the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and this is especially true with dual-purpose raceboats. Take nonskid, for example. Most boats have variations on the molded-in, waffle-style nonskid. The Salona, however, has molded nonskid, but the pattern is raised, hollow circles. The grip is excellent. "The Salona nonskid," says BOTY judge Meade Gougeon, "will probably get even better with age, and wear evenly."Another example on the 37 is access to the steering quadrant, which on many boats seems to be an afterthought. On the Salona, a large hatch aft of the steering wheel opens to reveal the steering system. You may not ever have to get to your quadrant in a hurry, but if you do, you won't have to empty a lazarette to do so.The heart of the Salona 37's construction is a stainless-steel grid that ties keel, mast, and hull together. Encapsulated in fiberglass, the grid is a departure for Salona, which until now had been using grids cored with marine plywood. As one of our BOTY judges remarked, the 37's grid is a work of art, and demonstrates a belt-and-suspenders style of boatbuilding. The hull is solid glass below the waterline, and cored with Airex above and in the deck. There are watertight bulkheads fore and aft, and the aft bulkhead is forward of the rudderstock.While sailing the 37, we found the cockpit to be eminently workable, with plenty of room for trimmers. The boat was equipped with a performance package, which means all Harken gear is upgraded a notch or two. We removed the seat aft of the helm-which took all of two seconds-giving the helmsman lots of room. The conditions we sailed in were challenging, very light and puffy, but we found the boat responsive to every gear change. When sailing upwind, it was easy to keep the boat in a groove, and we were managing 5.6 knots of boatspeed in 6.6 knots of breeze. The boat accelerated quickly when the puffs hit, and the steering required only a light touch. It should be a simple process to prepare the bow of the Salona for big regattas; the anchor sprit is removable by unbolting only three bolts. The half-moon shaped deck hatch is big enough for hatch-launching the spinnaker, and it appeared to be free of any sailcloth-catching protrusions, although we'd take the extra precaution of surrounding it with Teflon tape.One of the benefits of a Salona build is the flexibility of the factory. The 37 is available with three different interiors, and three keel types. No matter where you sail, or what type of sailing you do, it's easy to order the boat that will work best for you. The fit and finish of the boat we sailed (hull No. 8), is exemplary. We especially liked the rugged, plastic floorboards, which looked like traditional teak and holly. The nav station, which is large for a 37-footer, is to starboard, and there's no bulkhead between the nav desk and the straight settee, which makes for an open feel. Across from the nav station is an L-shaped galley. Straight settees sit below lockers, which can be ordered and built so they're removable, and the settee backs rise to become small pilot berths. Base price for the Salona 37 is $218,000, and the boat we sailed, which had a full set of UK Tape-Drive sails and a basic electronics suite, is $250,000. We all felt the 37 is a lot of boat for the money, and this, combined with its workmanship and great performance, made it a natural as our top cruiser/racer.

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