Camilla from the West Coast - fastest on the East Coast!

2012-07-04 - ÅF Offshore Race Johan Frost, from Sweden's west coast sailing metropolis Marstrand, has taken overall victory in this year's ÅF Offshore Race (as the Round Gotland Race is now known). On Wednesday morning it was clear at the finish at Sandhamn, on Sweden’s east coast, that the winner was Camilla, skippered by Johan and racing under the burgee of the KNS (Royal Norwegian Sailing Federation).

- We worked hard on the preparation, we put our trust in the weather plan - and we are a great group of friends, says Johan  - it's a very democratic boat.

New for this year’s ÅF Offshore Race was the start watched by huge crowds in the middle of Stockholm, with a 40-mile first leg through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago to Sandhamn, and then out to sea, round Gotland, and back to Sandhamn. It was third time lucky for 35-year-old Johan and Camilla.

- We have been third overall in the last two years and I felt that we had a chance to take the overall victory. When we cruised out to sea on Sunday evening after racing through the islands, we knew we had really good boat speed, says Johan.

In light winds, after rounding Hoburgen at Gotland’s southern tip, Camilla fell behind Pace, other TP52s and Varuna from Germany. But she bounced back when the wind rose, and then made the killer move of going further east than the competition after the Visby mark.

Camilla is one of few big boats not to carry a sponsor’s name – because Camilla is the name of the owner's wife.

- Norwegian financier Ole Martin Vordahl owns the boat. He sailed himself in 2010 but last year and this year he handed it over to his son Ole Christian and me, says Johan, who normally works on Camilla.

Camilla, a canting keel Cookson 50, beat the TP 52 Blixt Pro Sailing with skipper Thomas Blixt, for whom Johan has sailed for on the Ericsson Racing Teams hospitality boat for several years.

- Of course it’s fun to beat Thomas. But I think he handles it well, says John, laughing.

Thomas Blixt has won four races around the island of Gotland. And thanks to second place today, he becomes Swedish champion in ORC International 2012 after his ÅF Offshore Race result is added to seven inshore races during the Sandhamn Open a few weeks ago.

- I think Johan deserves to win. He's a great professional and has never won before. All on our boat said; let Johan win ÅF Offshore Race, we are still the Swedish  champions! says Thomas. 

Apart from skipper Johan Frost, Camilla's crew comprised two Norwegians and ten Swedes: Ole Christian Vordahl, Espen Myklebust, Erik Lindsten, Peter Olsson, Liane Arnerud, Calle Glaumann, Patrik Bladh, Ulf Dolfei, Karl Lindsten, David Jonsson and Sören Karlsson.