ÅF Offshore Race 2012 – Gotland Runt

Same setting – different racetrack. One way out of a dozen to describe this years edition of Swedens premier offshore race. Being organized by the KSSS, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, racing around the island of Gotland can look back at a history of 75 years with the first Gotland runt taking place back in 1937. Since then, Gotland runt has regularly attracted both the keenest racers from all around the world, as also a wide variety of regular cruising sailors.

Entitled ÅF Offshore Race after the main sponsor ÅF Consult, this years edition gathered 225 yachts at the starting line. A slight changed had been made to the racecourse, leading to a spectacular scenery at the starting line inside the waters of the city of Stockholm, where hundreds of spectator crowds waved the yachts fair winds and good sailing, when they left for their first night at sea. After a 40 nautical miles sprint through the Stockholm archipelago past the Sandhamn scoring gate, the teams then were going to head south via the name giving island of Gotland, which had to be left to starboard, before heading back to the finish in the harbour of Sandhamn.

After almost two days at sea, it was the Swedish- led but Norwegian entry Camilla a slightly modified Cookson 50, that took the overall victory in the AF Offshore Race. 35 year old skipper Johan Frost from Marstrand was very happy with the achievement of the Camilla Crew and stated after crossing the finish- line: 

 

“We worked hard on the preparation, we put our trust in the weather plan – and we are a great group of friends. We have been third overall in the last two years and I felt we had a chance to take the overall victory. When we cruised out to sea on Sunday evening after racing through the islands, we knew we had really good boat speed.”

 

 

Have a look at the KSSS Photo Gallery:
http://www.ksss.se/en/Gallery/2012/AF-Offshore-Race-2012/

 

Photo credit: KSSS

 

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