Göteborg Offshore Race: Blur takes another Baltic IRC win

Blur_2The forecasts for the 15th Göteborg Offshore Race couldn't have been better. SE 10-15 knots going to lighter NW during the evening. The Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club had a new challenging 150 mile course from Långedrag in Gothenburg, north to Marstrand, over to Skagen and around Kattegat. In addition to IRC there was a local SRS-class and a doublehganded class as well. Unfortunately several boats posted DNC (just before the race (noatbly the Cookson 50 Camilla and IRC-55 Progressiva), so only three boats competed in IRC: J/109 Blur, JV41 Inschallah VI and the 72' mini maxi Royal Blue.

All the boats got off at 1100 on fridag the 13th (maybe the start date was enough to keep some from starting?) and after some short and intensive legs to get out of the harbor everyone hoisted their kites for the run north towards Marstrand. Perfect contitions but tricky winds and current reshuffled the standings early on... click below to read more ..

SWE 326, Blur, Peter Gustafsson, GKSS - Gothenburg Royal Yacht Club

And then we got that promised 180 degree shift on the beat over to Skagen. Now everyone understood that this race would demand 100% focus and concentration all the way until the finish. After the mark at Skagen Reef it was again time for a long and challenging run SSE to Fladen outside of Varberg. There was quite some current, so it really payed off to stay north of Laeso as long as possible. The night proved to be a magical one. Warm downwind sailing in 4-6 knots of wind, a million stars, lots of falling stars and sea-sparkle. After a glorious sun-rise, the fleet beat north again along the Swedish' coast. Once again fantastic conditions and close racing, especially among the 40-footers. When finishing at 1400 saturday, J/109 Blur skippered by Peter Gustasson, took another Baltic IRC win. They started their season by winning the Big Boat Challenge in Kerteminde and now showed their form in their home waters.