Gotland Runt 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19
Gotland Runt, organized by The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), was sailed for the first time in 1937. Today it is considered one of the truly classic international offshore sail races. It is the world’s largest annual offshore race with more than 200 sailboats and thousands of sailors participating.
For the last ten years the race has started at Stockholm Ström and attracted tens of thousands of spectators to Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Gotland Runt is much more than a race. It is a social festival and meeting place at Skeppsholmen before the start and at the finish in Sandhamn. An event where sailors, families, spectators and partners come together.
As such, it was important to weigh the desire to continue with long tradition against the potential public health impacts of continuing towards our planned start date of June 28, 2020, given the sustained presence of Covid-19 in the world community.
Throughout the spring we’ve explored different options and solutions that would allow us to carry out the race. Those discussions included, among others: the Public Health Authority, the Police, the International Sailing Association (World Sailing), the Swedish Sailing Association and KSSS partners.
After considering all available options, the KSSS Board concluded that the uncertainty about how the pandemic is evolving and its effects on society are too great for a large event like Gotland Runt to proceed.
“Like many other sports organizers, we can now aim forward and together with the City of Stockholm and our main partners, plan and develop an even stronger Gotland Runt the coming years,” says Stefan Rahm.