Round Gotland record attempt

SeaCart 30 to line up against ORMA 60 HiQ

Thursday December 1st 2005, Author: Helena Darvelid, Location: Scandinavia
In 2002, Lars Engelbert, charismatic head of Swedish sportswear manufacturer Bjurfors put up a 100.000 SEK (just over £7,000) prize for the fastest yacht to sail round the Swedish island of Gotland.

One of the rules that made this record extreme was that you could only challenge the record attempt between December to the end of February. Magnus Olsson took up the challenge and became the first sailor to set this new record and then beat it again.

The course is much the same as the Round Gotland Race, starting off in the Swedish Archipelago at Sandhamn-Nynashamn, then sailing out into the Baltic heading round Gotland before returning to the line back in Sandhamn. The distance is 320nm and the current record is 30 hours. This year there is no prize (sponsor opportunity...) but the team are sailing with or without, it is the challenge that is the reward. Only seven hours out of the 30 will be in daylight!

ORMA 60 trimarans competing in the Nokia Oops Cup have been the classic boats to attempt this recrd, but this year the the 60ft trimaran HiQ will be attempting the record alongside the Seacart 30. The challenge is to set a new 60ft record on the old Bjurfors course while the 30ft Seacart will also attempt to establish a new 30ft record on a similar course but they will start from the fuel dock in Sandhamn, sail around Gotland and finish at the fuel dock.

The boats look like they will start together today.

SeaCart 30 crew:
Calle Hennix, Whitbread Round the world and Americas Cup.
Anders Lewander, 49er champion, 18ft skiff skipper, Oryx Quest.
Jonas Wackenhuth, one of Sweden's most renowned offshore sailors, Oryx Quest winner.
Gilla G, Owner, a sailor without limits.
(Reserve crew, Thomas Osterberg, Sweden’s first and current world DN ice yacht champion.
Tore Lewander, 49er, Formula 18, IMS all round sailor.

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