The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS)
KSSS was founded in Stockholm in 1830 under the name the Swedish Sailing Club (Svenska Segel Sällskapet).
It can be seen from a number of sources that during its first year the Club went under the guise of many different names such as the Sailing Club (Segel Sällskapet) and the Scandinavian Sailing Club (Skandinaviska Segel Sällskapet) before finally in 1878 receiving Royal status and the current name of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet).
The club was founded at present day Skeppsholmen in Stockholm by some of the city’s wealthiest persons, who under a common flag, wanted to arrange yacht-racing within Stockholm’s environs. At this time associations and clubs in Sweden had just begun to spring up, and KSSS became Sweden’s second non-profit association, after Uppsala Swimming Club.
The club’s great period of growth came in the last decade of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th. The reasons behind this growth were that sailing boats had just become manageable in both terms of size and costs, and that several formula classes had been established. Moreover, motor boats first made their entrance onto the Swedish scene during this period.
During the 20s and 30s the club won international recognition through the great endeavours of yachtsmen such as Sven Salén, Erik Åkerlund and Erik Lundberg. This together with active sailing activities in the bays around Sandhamn, contributed to the club’s good reputation.
The 1960s saw the arrival of plastic boats and the number of boats in the club increased considerably which also brought about the significant breakthrough for the ÅF Offshore Race, Stockholm-Gotland Runt . The competition has since become the great Swedish test of courage for Swedish sailors.
KSSS is currently one of Sweden’s leading actors within yachting with over 5,000 active members dispersed throughout the country.