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AF Offshore Race sets sail

The successor to the Round Gotland departs from Stockholm

Thursday July 7th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Sweden

After a short stop at the Kieler Woche in Germany last week, Steve Ravussin's MOD70 Race for Water yesterday set sail on the AF Offshore Race, formerly the Round Gotland Race. For the first time this event started from the centre of Stockholm rather than Sandhamn.

For Ravussin and his crew this is the first occasion they have had to test the boat in real racing conditions. “We have been invited to come and race in Sweden and we are really thrilled to start soon," said the Swiss skipper. "I always love to come here in this wonderful archipelago. I have great memories since I raced and won the Nokia Oops Cup in 2005 ! I am sure that the racing will be fantastic!

“Stockholm is a magic place that combines great scenery and a love of sailing. This could be a wonderful stopover city for the MOD70 European Tour in 2012. Being here this week, together with Klabbe Nylof’s Samsung Challenge, right in the center of the city, shows the potential of an event of that kind!” explains Stève Ravussin, skipper of the MOD70 nr 1 and founder of the MOD70 class.

Race for Water's competition in the race as mentioned is Klabbe Nylof's former ORMA 60 trimaran.

Elsewhere in the fleet is Niklas Zennstrom's JV72 Ràn that is leading the monohull charge around the race course. This morning they are approaching the north of Gotland - see the Ran blog here. Ràn is ahead of two TP52s German Ralf Aspholm's Datacom-Lindahl and Reg, entered by Swede Thomas Blixt and the Norwegian Cookson 50 Camilla of Johan Frost.




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