Sailing race – in Stockholm city
2012-06-30 - ÅF Offshore Race
Before the eyes of tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators ÅF Offshore Race, the classic Round Gotland race took off from the centre of Stockholm on Saturday.
For the first time in the competitions over 70-year history, the race started in Stockholm City.More than 225 yachts are sent on a voyage, organized by the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) from Stockholm around Gotland and back to Sandhamn. In normal weather conditions it should take about three days.In good weather and southerly winds 7-10 knots, they started competing in ten starting groups on Saturday. No incidents or accidents have been reported and the interaction with the commercial traffic has worked perfectly. Many people had been tempted to follow the exciting spectacle.
The entire Södermalms northern skyline was crowded with people.KSSS President Staffan Salén is enthusiastic: "This has exceeded all expectations. We at KSSS, together with the main sponsor ÅF and the City of Stockholm, want to make sailing a sport visible to all. This is a unique event that will give impact internationally”. For three days Skeppsholmen (Ship Island) in the center of Stockholm has made up to its name. Five temporary pontoon bridges have been built up and thousands of people have visited the sailing area.
The first boat is expected to reach Sandhamn on Monday night.ÅF's President Jonas Wiström, who sails his eleventh race around Gotland, is proud about ÅF:s involvement in the competition: "We want to use the green values in sailing to promote Stockholm as an environmentally friendly city in close contact with water. This is also the right context to push for our own brand, as an employer and as a leading technology consulting firm."