Sunny weather and fair winds brought the fleet from Kärdla to Haapsalu | 14 Jul 19, piret.salmistu

It was the first race of the Moonsund regatta – the biggest yachting event in Estonia – and it took the 131 boats to Haapsalu. It’s the 62 year of this highly expected summer event.

According to PRO Andres Talts, the PRO MARINE TRADE Kärdla - Haapsalu leg enjoyed near perfect conditions. Maybe it was a tiny bit too chilly, but otherwise excellent.

The boats were divided into eight groups and the planned distance was 30 miles. The race was blessed with 8-knot North winds. During the race some bigger yachts were somewhat worried as the wind was getting weaker but towards the finish line it came back with a 10-20 knot force. The fastest boats today were of the Open 800 class from Russia.


The winner of ORC I, the group of the biggest yachts, was Olympic from Dago Yacht Club. They were clearly happy as the regatta set off from their home harbour. Helmsman Tiit Vihul: “We are truly delighted. We made no mistakes, and everything worked well. It was quite exciting to be on the starting line together with ORC II – this meant there were 22 yachts, giving us an excellent opportunity to practice for the upcoming ORC European Championships in Sweden.”


Ain Pomerants of Merion X, Kalev Yacht Club, was pleasantly surprised to be the fastest in ESTLYS I. “Today’s weather was just amazing and the conditions ideal for sailing.  I don’t even remember the last time we won a race in Moonsund as we skipped the last season. We are sincerely over the moon!”


Among the ten Folkboots Tiit Riisalo’s Lind from Kalev Yacht Club came in first.


The top three of the PRO MARINE TRADE Kärdla - Haapsalu leg were as follows:



I Olympic, EST463, Yacht Club Dago, skipper Tiit Vihul

II Forte, EST475, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Tammo Otsasoo

III Matilda 4, EST112, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Koit Pauts



I My-Car, EST535, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Harles Liiv

II Katariina II, EST646, Pärnu Yacht Club, skipper Aivar Tuulberg

III Amserv Toyota Sailing Team, EST379, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Margus Žuravljov



I Kvartet, RUS297, Neva, skipper Vasilii Alekseev

II Prizrak, RUS331, Vodnik, skipper Dmitry Mostovoy

III Bamby, RUS1117, Spb RYC, skipper Leonid Chijik



I Merion X, EST710, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Ain Pomerants

II Extra Brut, LAT577, Pilseta YC, skipper Alexei Alexeev

III Project A1, LAT424, Usma, skipper Janis Norde




I Tessa, EST324, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Alar Ivanson

II Fanatic, EST239, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Ain-Eke Jalasto

III Helin, EST700, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Ülar Mark



I Black Bird, EST574, Haapsalu Yacht Club, skipper Tarmo Polli

II Astrid, EST983, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Oleg Egipte

III Farozon, EST750, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Maarja Kask



I Lind, EST32, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Tiit Riisalo

II Tee Chee, EST38, Kalev Yacht Club, skipper Peeter Välkmann

III Jonna, EST50, Kalev Yacht Club, Mikk Köösel


Open 800

I Globus, RUS250, SPb RYC, skipper Andrei Nikandrov

II Alaska, RUS298, MBU SC Primorsk, skipper Ivan Tokarev

III Etalon, RUS303, Vodnik, skipper Boris Omelnitskiy


All results are available on the website here.

Photo gallery



Tomorrow we expect modest winds for the LOODUSINVEST Haapsalu - Kuivastu leg, but hopefully everyone can have a good race. By Monday evening all boats will be in Kuivastu harbour for the award ceremony and entertainment program.


A. Le Coq Moonsund Regatta is organized by Kalev Yacht Club and Pärnu Yacht Club in cooperation with the Estonian Yachting Union.

Sponsors of the Moonsund Regatta are: A. Le Coq, Pro Marine Trade, Haapsalu municipality, LoodusInvest, PR Foods/Heimon Kala, Hiiumaa Sadamad, Santa Maria, Silmalaser, Essilor, Alter Marine, M.V Wool, Rahva Raamat, Alexela, Sportland / Helly Hansen, DSV, Volvo, Amserv, Hiiumaa rural municipality government, Muhu rural municipality government, Saaremaa rural municipality government and Pärnu municipality.


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Gallery and videos of the regatta – Postimees online Regatta.


Muhu Väin 2019 blog: regati tulemused, elu purjekal ja palju muud huvitavat- Postimees blog features seven boats during the entire regatta.