Small and fast
2014-07-03 - ÅF Offshore Race
This year's ÅF Offshore Race – round Gotland were the smaller boats' contest. And it was the smallest in the fleet who took the overall victory. Team Räknäs prevailed in the SRS class while La Dolce Vita won ORC.
Team Räknäs may be the smallest boat in the ÅF Offshore Race. But this year she showed that the smallest may well be the best, taking victory in the SRS total. The very light winds in this year's competition has favored the smaller boats.
- We measured in a new spinnaker this year. Without it we would not have won, says Magnus Nordgren who was in the lead on adjusted time, the majority of the race.
- But one of us is very superstitious so we never talked about that it could go all the way. It has happened before that boats get stuck just outside the goal in Sandhamn.
The skipper Magnus Nordgren and his two crewmen Linus Ström and Martin Alexandersson, who are all 31 years, sailed into Sandhamn at 00:24 in the night between Wednesday and Thursday after more than 85 hours at sea in the 7.02-meter-long "spiced up" mini-tonner.
Six hours earlier, La Dolce Vita sailed into goal as the overall winner in the ORC. They are a tight crew which have sailed their Finngulf 33 for years. Being on the podium in the ÅF Offshore Race for the past three years. And this year they won the ORC in total
The skipper Per Lindstedt's incredibly pleased with maneuvering, trim and tactics.
- We have been correct at every crossroad and despite the light winds we have always had good speed, but it sure is tiring to continuously sail and push the boat one hundred percent. This requires that everyone is motivated and attuned. We did not always opt for the shortest route and we got paid for it. It's both luck and skill, he says
In the classics class with the older wooden boats, which "only" sail down to Visby and back, the winner was the largest in its class, Ballad. Owned by the Salén family with skipper Christer Salén and KSSS chairman Staffan Salén on board.