2011 Queen Christina Nations
1. Finland (E. Lehtinen, T. Lindstrom, E. Lahteenmaki, W. Pietarinen), (2-3-1-1-(4)-1)
5. Great Britain
Boats in use: WooDoo, Nisida, Moby Dick, La Difference, Kontrapunkt
Pictures at http://sailpix.pp.fi/qcnc11/#
Queen Christina Nations Cup website: http://kamppi.net/qcnc/
Queen Christina Nations Cup Deed of Gift
Queen Christina Nations Cup - a brief history:
Since the inception of the International Rule in 1907, the 6 Meter Class has had a remarkable influence on yacht design and sailing competition. From the 20's to the 50's the 6 meter was the class of choice for contests not simply between boats, but between Nations. Some examples of past Nation-based contests sailed in sixes include the Scandinavian Gold Cup, the One Ton Cup, the British American Team Race, the Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup, and the Olympic Games. The sixes lost Olympic status after the 1952 Games and was eventually supplanted in all of these Nation based events.
In June 2002, sailors from Puget Sound went to Stockholm to sail in the Gamla Stan team match races, had a great time, on and off the race course, placed second and were extremely impressed with the hospitality shown to them by their Swedish hosts. The concept of the Queen Christina Nations Cup evolved from that fantastic experience and lead to the idea (after a few glasses of Aquavit) that International competition need not be expensive and friendly competition between nations can have many beneficial effects for our class:
· Build camaraderie and establish meaningful contact with other fleets and nations
· Meet six meter sailors just as passionate about our boats as us
· Decreased expense for all involved to sail in other countries on different boats
· Better communication through social interaction
· Have more fun at a regatta by not having to worry about logistics
Here is how the Puget Sound Six Meter Association accomplished all of these things at the inaugural Queen Christina Nations Cup:
· We invited teams of 4 sailors from 4 nations with active fleets to come to Port Madison, just outside Seattle, stay in our homes and sail our boats.
· Kimo Mackey commissioned a beautiful trophy that has at its center a flask filled with Linie Aquavit - a six meter sailor's drink - and six engraved glasses, along with an indestructible carrying case made for traveling. Kimo was also the "Tsar" of the event - which simplified all decisions. What the Tsar wanted is what happened.
· PSSMA ran the races, provided sack lunches, and had an owner representative for each boat.
· Each team raced each boat in 2 races, and then rotated to another boat.
· Other sixes in the fleet started 1 minute after the competing nations and simply sailed for fun on a beautiful weekend.
· We had parties or gatherings every night.
· We mandated that the host nation could not win, thus assuring that the competition would move to another country willing to host the regatta next time.