July 5, 2011

ÅF Offshore Race- Sailing Regatta

Photo by Oskar Kihlborg
The classic race Gotland Runt ("Race around the island of Gotland"), the largest offshore race in the Nordic region, has made some changes this year. It is now called ÅF Offshore Race. The start of the course has changed as well. The elite class and the classic boats will now start in Stockholm and race to Sandhamn first before continuing on to Gotland with the other racers. This is great for visitors to Stockholm... the harbor will be filled with sailing boats and thousands of onlookers can now watch the start.
The race will start at 11am on the Wednesday July 6th and the starting line will run from the island of Kastellholmen south to the Fotografiska museum on Södermalm. The best places to view the start will be on the north-east coast of Södermalm (near the museum and just a 15 minute walk from the Rival Hotel), as well as the south coasts of the islands of Kastellholmen, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. Between the 4th and 6th of July, an event area will be open for visitors by the restaurant Josefinas, next door to the Vasa Museum.

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