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ÅF Offshore Race

ÅF Offshore Race

The Nordic region's biggest and most classic offshore racing event, joined forces 2011 with technical consultants ÅF and changed its name to ÅF Offshore Race.

It all started in 2011 when ÅF became the title sponsor of the regatta "Gotland Runt". We moved the race start to the centre of Stockholm and the race has become bigger and bigger every year.

During ÅF Offshore Race 2012 more than 2000 competiters participated. About 2,9 million people watched the 1 hour feature on TV and the range of media was measured to 11 million readers, which equals about 3,4 million SEK in advertisement. What a great success! And the numbers has gone up ever since. In 2015 the event attracted more than 180.000 unique visitors at the Race Village in the center of Stockholm. In total about 200.000 people watched the race. 

"It feels fantastic that we're able to play a part in taking Sweden's finest regatta into the next era. Offshore racing is a climate-smart sport, which perfectly suits ÅF's profile. Our partnership with KSSS also allows us to assist them with their environmental work, both during the ÅF Offshore Race and in the club's other activities," says Jonas Wiström, ÅF's CEO. 

The City of Stockholm, which is an incredibly important partner in making this major event possible in the middle of the city, sees opportunities for residents of the capital and tourists to see an attractive side of Stockholm.

KSSS, the yacht club running the regatta, regards the ÅF Offshore Race as a tremendous opportunity to boost sailing as a sport by attracting new spectators and reaching new target groups.

“For KSSS, moving the start of the competition into Stockholm creates unique potential to highlight sailing to a wider audience,” says Staffan Salén, chair of KSSS. “We train more than 1000 children and young people each year and are convinced that bringing the start into Stockholm will generate even more interest in our activities.”

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