Finland & Estonia
RAIDs
Through the Years
By Norman Wolfe and Csaba Hanyi



What are RAIDs? They are cruise-races commonly of several days duration. They are in small open boats that are both rowed and sailed (sometimes sailing with rowing assist in light wind), and are from point to point, rather than around the buoys like typical small boat sailboat races. Some RAIDs are self reliant for food and shelter, others (like RAID Finland) provide restaurant or catered food and furnished accommodations. None (so far) are for a specific class, so one experiences a variety of small boats.


The following are links to past Finland and Estonia RAIDs:


2002 Finland RAID:
Here is a PDF extract of a 2002 RAID article by Mike Hanyi's article from Watercraft Nov 2002:
For a translation of Sylvia Wybenga's article from the Dutch publication Zeilen, click here.
And here is a Power Point presentation of photos from a number of participants. The download takes a few moments.

2003 Finland RAID:
A Duckworks On-Line Magazine Article by Christer Bystr÷m
Here is a PDF of Csaba Hanyi's 2003 report
Here is a PDF of Hans Manschot's 2003 report
Here is a PDF of Richard Wynne's 2003 report
And here is a Power Point presentation of photos from a number of participants. The download takes a minute or so (71 slides).

2004 Finland RAID:
And here is a Power Point presentation of photos from a number of participants. The download takes a few moments.

2005 Finland RAID:
Here is a professional 55 min video by Whitehall Rowing & Sail in Victoria, BC
Here is Whitehall's Home Page
Here is a Duckworks article by Christer Bystr÷m about the 2005 RAID

2007 Finland RAID:
Here is a 10 min YouTube video by Seppo Narinen and family

2008 Estonia RAID:
Here is another 10 min YouTube video by Seppo Narinen and family
Here is Norm's Duckworks Magazine artical on the 2008 RAID
Here is a PDF extract of a 2008 RAID article by Ed McGuire that was published the SWS newsletter #150
Here are Norm's photos of the 2008 RAID


Photos and text originally placed on the SWS Web Pages

Enjoy more of Norm's 2008 RAID adventure



2009 RAID:
Here is the Duckworks Article on the race by Norm, this is a somewhat longer version of Norm's article in SWS #160
Photos by Norm, Len, and Marilyn
Photos by Jan-Dirk Seller-Hausmann
Photos by Ville Lindfors
Photos by Franšois Dubois
Photos by Doppio's crew, Wojtek Baginski, Grzes Derecki, and Flemming Sorensen


Here are links to some designs of the boats attending the race:

Links to design articles for Norm's Boat, RAIDER:
Part 1 - Scroll down to: Raider Design #1
Part 2 - Scroll down to: Raider Design #2
Part 3 - Scroll down to: Raider Design #3
Part 4 - Scroll down to: Raider Design #4

Links to other boats in the race:
B&B Bay River Skiff
Campion Apple
Welsford Navigator


2011 Finland RAID:
The Photos of Brian Forsyth
PDF of Brian Forsyth's Report


2012 Finland RAID:
Norm Wolfe's photos
Here is a PDF extract of a 2012 RAID article by Ed McGuire that was published the SWS newsletter #176


2013 Finland RAID: :
Here is an article written by one of Norm's crew, Wojtek Baginski from Warsaw, Poland:
Photos by Wojtek Baginski:
Photos by Jan-Dirk Seller-Hausman:
Photos by Ville Lindfors (his day job is a professional photographer):

2014 Finland RAID:
Here is PDF of Norm Wolfe's report taken from SWS#189
Photos by Tom Hart:
Photos by Greg Markov:
Photos by Mats Vuorenjuuri:
Photos by Norm Wolfe:

Part 1 of Tom Hart's great article about the event, now published in Duckworks on-line boating magazine as well as the Dinghy Cruising Association journal.

Part 2 of Tom Hart's article.


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