Frequently Asked Questions for Gotland Runt

Rating Cerificates

Q:  When shall I present my ORCi rating certificate? Can I change it after that date?
A:  You shall have your ORCi-certificate valid and published online at www.orc.org latest 20 June.No changes shall be made on ORCi certificates after 20 June unless prescribed and approved by the technical committee in correcting any error that may be found in boat’s certificate before or during the pre-race equipment inspection and before the start of the first race.

Q:  I have an ORC Club certificate, is okey to use this for Gotland Runt?
A:  No. Gotland Runt invite ORC International only.

Q:  When shall I present my SRS rating certificate? Can I change it after that date?
A:  Last day for applying for an SRS-certificate at SSF is 10 June 2024.The Swedish Sailing Federation´s rating office has a 10-day working process on all rating certificates. I practice, your SRS-certificate shall be valid and published online not later than 20 June 2024.
The rating certificate may not be changed after 10 June 2024, except as a result of a rating protest or to correct adjusted data from the SSF’s rating office.

 Q: I have ordered a new mainsail and hope it will arrive before the regatta. In my entry I have used my current, valid rating certificate. Can I change to an adjusted rating certificate after the new sail has arrived and is included in the adjusted rating certificate?
A: A rating certificate may not be changed after 20 June 2024 except as a result of a rating protest or to correct adjusted data from the rating office.


Q: Can I change boat after I filed my entry to KSSS?
A: Yes, until the last date for entry (1 May) it’s possible to change a boat. You must notify the KSSS Race Office at [email protected].

Q:  We will not be able to participate this year but has already made an entry. How can we cancel our entry, and will we get some of the entry fee back?
A: You can cancel your entry by e-mail to [email protected]. If you cancel your registration before 10 June, the entry fee will be refunded after deduction of an administrative fee of 1,500 SEK.

Q: We will enter as an ORCi boat. What do we have to do to also be part of the overall result in SRS for Gotland Runt?
A: SRS will be used for the overall Gotland Runt Trophy for monohulls. KSSS will provide boats in the ORCi class with an SRS based rating number calculated from its GPH.

Registration and inspections

Q: I'm going to sail the ORC fullcrew and wonder if we have to have a life raft?
A: No, you don't have to, nor do other classes need it. World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations cat 3 without life raft apply for all classes.  

Q: Is it necessary that the entire crew will be on Registration or it's enough to present copies of the passports?
A: No, registration will be done digital and open in the beginning of May at the Official Notice Board at www.gotlandrunt.se. Registration will close 1 July.

Q: Will there be Safety Inspection of the boats before start in Stockholm?
A: As of 2021, KSSS applies an updated format for safety inspection. The boat, crew, and the person in charge shall perform self-control of the safety equipment. Regulations shall be audited and handed in to the race office.

Q: What if I need advice and guidance regarding the safety requirements in OSR Category 3.
A: The Safety Officer will organize a helpdesk in the Race Office, open for competitors. A boat requiring support with an equipment inspection close to the Race Office in Stockholm should make a booking at the Race Office. 
A boat requiring support with an equipment inspection should make a booking at [email protected].

Q: What type of inspection/measurement control will apply?
A: A random number of boats will be selected for control of compliance with her rating certificate. Can be done before start and/or after finishing.

Q: How about keel inspection this year?
A: OSR 3.02.2 - Note: this applies only to monohulls. Effective 1 January 2024, at a haul-out within two years prior to the event, the owner or his/her representative shall inspect the integrity of the keel and rudder following the recommendations in Appendix L. 

KSSS are treating this as the responsibility of the Owner and/or the Person in Charge. For Swedish boats, the Swedish Sailing Federation (SSF) has presented an adjusted Swedish application for OSR 3.02.2. On the SSF's website you will find the instructions, inspection forms, and support documents that you as a boat owner is strongly recommended to use to be able to carry out the inspection Säkerhet (svensksegling.se)

Q: What is the appropriate mainsail area to reduce if a boat don´t carry a storm trysail as defined in OSR 4.26.2 c)?

A: All boats shall carry either a storm trysail as defined in OSR 4.26.2 c), or mainsail with appropriate reefing system capable of reducing the mainsail area at least 10-15 % (changes OSR 4.26.2 d).

Double Handed

Q: The Offshore Special Regulations (OSR 2020-2021) states in OSR 6.01.3 that in cat. 3 when there are only two crewmembers, at least one shall have undertaken training within the five years before the start of the race in OSR 6.02 Training Topics. Is this training required in Gotland Runt double-hand class this year?
A: Yes. Gotland Runt will apply this requirement from 2021.

Race Village & Race Office

Q: Where will the Race Village and the Race Office be located?
A: The Race Village and Race Office will be in Sandhamn.

Q: Can we take the car to the Race Office?
A: No. Sandhamn is an island with no vehicle access. Regular ferries operate to and from Sandhamn.

Harbour before and after the race

Q: Is there any harbour fee in Sandhamn?
A: After the finish in Sandhamn, KSSS will provide free berthing for all participating boats in one of KSSS guest harbours in Sandhamn (Sandhamn, Telegrafholmen, Lökholmen) until Thursday 4 July at 12.00.

Q: How could I get a mooring in Stockholm before the race?
A: A number of boats will be able buy pre- start berthing in the Harbour next to Race Village that will open from Thursday 27 June to the start of the race. Priority will be given to long-distance guests.

More information about this will be published on the event's website where contact information for nearby ports will also be available.  Pre-start berthing is not included in the entry fee.

Luggage storage and transportation

Q: How do we hand in the crew's clothes bags in Stockholm for transport to Sandhamn?
A: Information on time and place for handling of the bags will be posted at www.gotlandrunt.se. The information will be available in good time before the event.

Q: Can you send additional bags and equipment with the transport from Stockholm to Sandhamn?
A: Each boat may send a maximum of 4 bags. The transport is not suitable for transportation of bulky equipment (fenders, sails etc) and fragile goods (liquids/ beverages).

Q: As we are coming from long distance, we will have lots of extra luggage on the boat which are needed for delivery of the boat but making racing a little bit more difficult. Can KSSS transport our extra gears from Stockholm to Sandhamn?
A: Each boat may send a maximum of 4 bags. Boats bigger than 50 feet may send 5 bags with the transport from Stockholm to Sandhamn.

Outside help

Q: Does the changed RRS 41 (c) allow use of grib files on a subscription or by payment of a fee?
A: A boat may receive help from an outside source in the form of information which is available to all boats, which shall include navigational, weather, tide or current information from any source which is available to all boats whether or not by payment of a fee or subscription, but shall not include any information gathered or the subject of interpretation by, or any advice received from, any human being not on board the boat and which is specific to the boat and her situation.

Q: Does the changed RRS 41 (c) allow use of information from a cloud service?
A: The Race Committee consider data processing and storage done in the cloud (software as a service) to be equivalent to local processing if local solutions are readily available (i.e. weather routing done in the cloud by services such as Squid or Predict Wind are equivalent to weather routing done locally in Expedition or Seapilot and therefore allowed).

AIS (Automatic Identification System)

Q: Our boat does not have an AIS. Can we apply for an exemption? Is there AIS for rent at KSSS?
A: All boats must be equipped with AIS and have it in active mode (transmission and reception) when racing. No exceptions will be accepted.

Unfortunately, KSSS does not have the possibility to rent out AIS equipment. Contact an AIS dealer for assistance.

Q:  How will you verify our AIS equipment?
A: All boats shall complete mandatory testing of the AIS as part of registration. AIS online test period opens 16 June at 12.00 hrs and closes 30 June at 12.00 hrs.

Q:  Will you use a tracking system so my family can follow during the race?
A:  Yes, we will use TracTrac for tracking and publish the race on the event website GotlandRunt.se.

Q: Will there be improvement to the TracTrac app.
Q: Will you be using the same tracking system this year? We feel that there was potential for improvement in the presentation.
A: KSSS is constantly working with TracTrac to develop and adapt the systems to Gotland Runt to best support both sailors and spectators 

Prizes and Trophies

Q:  We sail in the multihull class. Can we win the overall Gotland Runt Trophy?
A:  No, the overall Gotland Runt Trophy is only open for monohulls. The SRS system does not work well for racing between multihull and monohull boats.

Q:  How can we nominate our fore decker to the Janne Gustavsson memorial?
A:  The winner is appointed after nomination of the skipper after the finish in Sandhamn. You will receive a form in connection with the registration. You should submit the form to the Race Office when you have finished in Sandhamn.


Q: A bit unusual question: I bought a boat which has finished Gotland Runt 35 times. Now i feel obliged (to the boat). My question - just out of curiosity - is that anything unusual 35 finishes for one and the same boat? 
A: Impressive and amazing that the boat returns to Gotland Runt 2023. 35 laps around Gotland are impressive. The Gotland Runt has a number of boats returning year after year, and we are very proud of that. I am really looking forward to welcoming you and the crew to Stockholm this summer. Let me also connect with my media team in terms of your participation.