Amateurs and pros meet on equal terms-almost...
2013-06-27 - ÅF Offshore Race
This year the contestants represent a total of 11 countries. International media were present at the press conference as the competition is attracting increased attention abroad. Two international yachting professionals were on hand.
Jochen Schumann (right in picture) is the skipper on Europe's largest monohull, the 100-footer Esimit. It is the first time that the boat is in northern Europe and thus also the first time he sails ÅFOR. He is the touted favourite for the line honour. However, that does not imply victory. Alex Thomson sails the technical Hugo Boss boat and looks forward to getting to know the Swedish coast. But the crucial point of his attendance was actually the start in the middle of Stockholm. - For once, as an ocean racer, you get close to the audience.
KSSS regards sailing as a peoples sport - you have to practice what you preach. Therefore the two amateur sailors Eva Sporrner and Magnus Nordberg (left in picture) were interviewed. Eva is a board member of the female sailing association QSS which was formed in 1979 and gave some wise and amusing opinions about differences between sailing in a female and a male crew.
The smallest boat of the competition is the seven-meter team Räknäs, where Magnus Nordgren is the skipper. He understands that it is madness to sail such a small boat around Gotland "but for the first rounding of Gotland, we could not afford anything bigger." And that's the way it is. He has in honour of this year's sailing, acquired a new suit for the regatta dinner and, as he says, "I hope to get to use it too ...".