Estonian national teams for world logging championships finalised

This year’s last competition of the Estonian logging series took place during the last weekend of August in Jõhvi, where the A and B teams for the World Logging Championships were selected. Also, the Estonian champions – men and women with the best forestry skills – were crowned.
The winner in the tight competition was Taavi Ehrpais, securing a place in the world championships.

The two days of the logging championships passed in a true summer heat. The competition centre was in the city park of Jõhvi and the championships were held at the same time as the local Forest Day family event. The national teams from Finland and Lithuania participated as guests.

The felling contest on the first day was held at Luua Forestry School's brand-new training centre, which offers excellent technical conditions. The first prize went to Helvis Koort, the best in U24 category was Peeter Mitt, and Karina Riive was the winner in women’s category. Peeter Mitt achieved the most striking result in the second-day events when he hit the new Estonian record, 9.08 seconds, in replacing the saw chain. This is really a world-class result, a result of quite a new calibre compared to previous ones.

The winner of the competition became known after the last event. It often happens at logging competitions that you may become the overall winner without winning any individual parts of the competition. The key is to achieve the most stable results and the highest score in the overall standing. Taavi Ehrpais succeeded in getting the overall score of 1640 by the end of the day. Janno Mihkelson was the second with 1623 points and Tiit Reitel won the third prize with 1619 points.

According to project manager Mart Kelk, each competition offers surprises, and that makes logging competitions spectacular and exciting. “Tiit scored an excellent result,” said Kelk. “He has been in the competitions for many years and has performed wonderfully in individual events. But this time he managed to realise his potential and certainly finished with a very good score.”

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