F18 Raid World Championship to Stockholm in 2022!

I just received the wonderful news from the President of the International F18 Association that the Stockholm Archipelago Raid has been granted the Raid World Championship in 2022!

The F18 Raid World Championship is the long distance discipline of F18 sailing. In addition to boat speed and endurance the top teams must also be good at navigation to find all the check points and to avoid the underwater rocks on the way. The first F18 Raid World Championship took place during the Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2017.

Raid World Champions Leff Dahl/Roger Bodén, flanked by William Sunnucks/Freddie White and Elke Delnooz/Jeroen van Leeuwen

The plan is to host the event 4 days on the 18th-21st of August 2022, but since we have not received confirmation from all base camps the dates are yet to be confirmed.

The check points, base camps, saunas, dinners and number of races will be similar to a normal year and the ambition is to keep the nice atmosphere between sailors, even if the stakes are higher. The usual cap of 30 teams will be removed, but since there will not be beds for more than 30 teams some teams might have to sleep in their on tent or on the floor.

Start off Rödlöga, Raid Worlds 2017

Vikingarnas Sailing Society, where teams will park their cars, register, measure and set up their boats and where the price cermony and regatta dinner will take place is in central Stockholm. It’s an exceptional club with lots of space in a spectacular and central location, very convenient for media, friends and family as well as public spectators.

Emely and Gustaf, could not be happier. Raid Worlds 2017.

Now we look forward to make this year’s edition awesome and a great tune up for both sailors and the race organisation for the World Championship in 2022.

On behalf of the Swedish F18 Association

Lars Linder

26 teams registered already

The level of competition is going to be very high. Will a Swedish team win again for the 10th consecutive time since Darren Bundock and Jeroen van Leeuwen won in 2011? One week after registration started 26 teams from eight countries signed up. The teams are from Sweden (13), Germany (3), UK (2), Denmark (1), Finland (3), France (1), Belgium (2) and the Netherlands (1).

Ad and Maarten Noordzij

Karlsson/Nordblom (SWE) are sailing to defend their three consecutive wins from the last years. Chased by Demesmaeker/Thery (BEL) who have finished second several times and could have made it to the top last year hadn’t their navigation equipment failed them. Ad and Maarten Noordzij (NED) came 4th in 2020 after breaking a daggerboard on the last day, for sure aiming to get on the podium. The raid veteran William Sunnucks, who win the raid in 2014 and came 2nd in the raid worlds in 2017, will also be a contender of the gold. The F18 Raid World Champion Leff Dahl is back, this time with Niklas Bredberg.

8th and last leg in SAR 2020. Noordzij vs Demesmaeker/Thery in a dangerous area full of rocks.

3 mixed teams are registered To date. The team Hedman Jensen/Wyon (DEN) are back to defend their victory in the mixed class in 2019. Antman/Wetterling (SWE) who has sailed the raid many times will not give the mixed class trophy away easily. From the UK the Sturm couple are joining.

Hedman Jenssen / Wyon sending it in 2019

3 Finnish teams are joining, most of which has sailed the raid before. So have some of the 3 German teams. Olivier Gagliani (BEL) who sailed the “old” Archipelago Raid 3 times with Yves Bourgnon is back and sails with Charles Hainneville (FRA) who sailes Flying Phantom and other multihulls.

The youth team Rehman Linder/Forhaug, who was the youngest team to sail the raid ever in 2018, are have become stronger (silver medalist in the Swedish Championship in 2020) and might challenge the top teams, in particularly in strong winds.

Rehman Linder (18) / Forhaug (17) who sailed the raid in 2018 are back.

We look forward to welcome these and more teams the the Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2021.

17 teams from 5 countries signed up

2 days after registration started 17 teams from 5 countries already signed up: 10 Swedish, 1 UK, 1 Danish, 2 Finnish and 3 German teams.

Casper and Henki loosing it, already after day 1 of SAR 2020.

The 21st consecutive raid in the Stockholm will touch base in three wonderful places in the wilderness of the archipelago; the islands of Nässlingen, Fejan and Sandhamn/Lökholmen. These base camps offer shelter for up to 30 catamarans, which is not easy to find in the rocky landscape with hardly no beaches. They also all have good saunas, great restaurants and possibility to host up to 60 people in beds.

They are also perfectly located with literally thousands of islands, skerries and rocks and offer endless combinations of going far out to sea weather permitting, or further in among the wooded larger islands in the middle of the archipelago.

Those combinations make these superb base camps for the Stockholm Archipelago Raid. The sailors of the 2021 edition can look forward to an extraordinary adventure!

Pictures from the 2018 Stockholm Archipelago Raid by Malcolm Hanes. Find one error…

Registration is open

Registrations for the Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2021 has begun. There is a cap of 30 teams for safety and logistical reasons. Are you ready to join the adventure?

The base for the event will be KSSS at Saltsjöbaden (1) and the base camps will be Nässlingen (3), Fejan (2) and Lökholmen (4). The race area covers 3000 square kilometres of wilderness with eagles, seals and other wild life just outside the capital of Stockholm. Race course area for the raid 2021

SAR race area 2021

The base camps offer great places to beach the cats (or leave them in the water at Fejan), sauna, restaurant and enough beds or mattresses for all sailors to get a good nights sleep. They are also ideally situated in beautiful places in the archipelago and the alternative courses are endless and each day courses can be optimized for the wind and wave conditions.

Base camp Nässlingen

Base camp Fejan

Base camp Sandhamn/Lökholmen

Welcome to Stockholm in August!

Spring is in the air

Not everyone in this long country would agree spring is here yet. 1000 km north of Stockholm the skiing is great and will be for many weeks to come. But in Stockholm the ice on the sea is almost gone and local F18 sailors starts to get their boats in order for the season. And all around the world people start to see the spring light in the pandemic tunnel and dare to dream and make plans for social events, adventures and travels to come. Like the the Stockholm Archipelago Raid on the 19th to the 22nd of August. This year it will be the 21st consequtive raid since the start in 2001.

Demesmaeker / Thery on the 8th and last leg at the SAR 2020.

The race will go north this year. The base for the event will be KSSS at Saltsjöbaden. The base camps are still to be confirmed, but likely to be Nässlingen day 1, Fejan day 2 and Sandhamn/Lökholmen day 3 and finish in Saltsjöbaden day 4.
Race course area for the raid 2021

The race area 2021 is about 50 nautical miles long and 40 nautical miles wide and covers 3000 square kilometres of mainly wilderness just outside the capital of Stockholm. Sailors have a good chance to see eagles, seals and other wild life if they just take time to look around while racing.

SAR race area 2021

Registration will start on the 1st of May and as usual there is a cap of 30 teams for safety and logistical reasons. Hope to see you in Stockholm this summer!

Something to look forward to in dark times

Final leg towards the finish day 4 2020

The planning of the Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2021 has been going on for some time and the dates and some base camps are now set! It will take place from the 19th to the 22nd of August with start and finish in Stockholm. Pencil it into your calendar and stay tuned.

First base camp at Rånö 2020

In 2020 we were very lucky that the raid was right in the middle of the Covid19 spring outbrake and the second wave in the fall. 15 registered teams still had to bail out, but 20 teams from 4 countries finally made it to start.

The pandemic will not be over by August 2021, but that the situation will most likely be so much better that it will be possible to organize the event with international participation. Probably with similar pre-cautions that we made in 2020 to be on the safe side.

Gustaf checks the navigation in a tricky area while Jimmy keeps the pace in the boat.

The race course will, as always, go far into the wilderness of the outer archipelago where seals, eagels and other birds and wild life will be our company. There will be plenty of sailing and long distances covered each day, breath taking views, broken dagger boards, nice food and drinks and a possibility to charge the batteries at night.

The registration will start on the 1st of April and a maximum of 30 boats can attend for logistical and safety reasons. I will be there. Will you?

/Lars Linder
Swedish F18 association

We have a winner

Winners 2020: Karlsson Nordblom.

Once again Karlsson and Nordblom managed to snatch the win from the Belge Demesmaeker and Thiery. Karlsson Nordblom sailed very consistent and it didn’t matter that they capsized during the last leg and lost many places.

Demesmaeker and Thiery will probably get a better GPS for next time since the GPS died many times causing them to sail the wrong way.

Seifert and Almstedt had one 3rd and one 1st during the last day while the Dutch team father and son Noordzij hit a rock and lost a dagger in the first race the final day. Finishing 5th in the last race was not enough to get the on the podium.

Final results

All sailors where happy and very tired at the finish at Saltsjöbaden. For many it felt like a winner to just make it to the finish without braking anything in the hard conditions during the final 2 days.

Sailors of the 2020 Stockholm Archipelago Raid

The Race Organisation felt like winners too after 4 amazing days in the archipelago with all friends from the F18 community from 4 countries.

Thanks to our partners Goodall design, Zhik, One Design Center and InnTech for making this possible.

Final preparations for 19 teams from 4 countries

It is a challenge to organize the Stockholm Archipelago Raid not knowing how many teams will come in the end due to the pandemic and different countries travel restrictions changing back and forth. Out of 36 teams that signed up originally, 19 teams seem to make it to the starting line. They are from Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. The level of competition is, as always, very high with many top teams and several winners from previous years. There are also several rookie teams doing the raid for the first time and a two teams doing a come back for the first time since the old “Archipealgo Raid”.
Confirmed teams 2020/08/12 (subject to national travel restrictions):

 Nat Name Last nameNameLast name
6SWEPeterBusckMagnusDu Rietz
10SWEGustafDyrssenJimmy Hellberg

Participant list 2020-08-12

Unusual crew position. Captured by Jesper van Staveren.

Course and Base Camps
The start and goal will be in Saltsjöbaden and the base camps will be on the beautiful Islands of Rånö in the south (one night) and on Lökholmen (Sandhamn) in the middle of the archipelago (two nights). It gives the opportunity to round iconic places like Huvudskär before going north towards Sandhamn on day 2. On day 3 the fleet might reach Rödlöga In the north passing magic islands of the outer archipelago on the way. The aim will be to start early (6 AM) at least one day to be able to reach remote places far from the base camps. Possible course 2020 (for illustration).

Sometimes the wind dies before all teams make it to the finish line.

Preparation and gear

Coming prepared with the right equipment can often be the difference between making it to the finish line or not. In terms of navigation sailors need to be acquainted with their GPS and be confident that it works in the very wet and difficult conditions of an F18 raid. Mandatory and recommended equipment is listed in the Notice of Race.

Some useful tips to the sailors:
• Bring food for lunch breaks for all 4 days (not catered for) + energy bars or similar to be able to eat while sailing.
• Put your VHF in a cover and have it on the boom.
• Make sure your mobile phone cover is water tight. Make sure that the mobile battery lasts the whole race.
• Bring camel backs with some sport drink and take small sips all the time.
• Make sure you have tested your GPS device and know it works in wet conditions with wet fingers and over extended period of times. Bring an old GPS as a spare in case it breaks.

In addition each sailor is allowed to bring one waterproof bag of maximum 10 kg (typically 30 L) on the assisting boats. One common tool box and spare will also be available on one of the assisting boats.

Ad and Maarten Noordzij during F18 Worlds in 2017 coming back to the raid in 2020.

Covid-19 situation and mitigations

While the virus is spreading quite uncontrolled in the US, Brazil and other places around the world the EU has managed to contain the pandemic quite well. However, a resurgence in new cases has sparked concern in Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, and France among other.
In Sweden cases has continued to decrease steadily since the peak in mid- April when we had over 100 deaths and 1250 new cases per day. Now there are less than 250 new cases daily despite massive testing and no or less than 5 new patients go to intensive care per day in Sweden.

However, the situation changes day by day and the pandemic can pick up speed again. The SAR organisation monitor the situation and will take the following measures to prevent the spreading of the virus during the raid.
• Maximum 50 persons are allowed, Race Committee and Media excluded.
• Breifings / gatherings will be limited and courses published online etc.
• Dinner and breakfast served in tents at Rånö and the large boat house Slipen at Lökholmen.
• Max 2 teams share a room (the same teams all days)
The participants
• If you get ill or show symptoms of Covid-19 you should withdraw from the race.
• Limit your contacts with people outside your family prior to the race.
• Make a travel plan for how to get to the race and back home safely.
• Spread out and keep some distance to other people during dinner / breakfast
• Avoid using showers or go at different times. The sea is always nearby.
• Sailors should complete the World Sailing Personal Location Form.

With these measures the Stockholm Archipelago Raid will be carried out in a safe and responsible way. Because once the sailors has left shore only the race, the stunning nature and the adventure will be on their mind for 4 long, lovely days. That’s what F18 is all about…

Lars Linder

Going south. Way south.

Status update

I just received some wonderful news from the Swedish Sailing Federation. The way they interpret the new Covid-19 guidelines from the Swedish authorities is that the Stockholm Archipelago Raid will be allowed to have 50 competitors, i.e. excluding the Race Committee. The Notice of Race will be updated accordingly and published at a later stage together with a Covid-19 safety plan based on the risk assessment and mitigations.

For the time being there are 27 teams who has said that they would like to come as long as it will be possible. They are from from the following 7 countries NOR (2), FIN (2), DEN (1), BEL (1), NED (2), GER (3) and SWE (16). Since there are still travel restrictions to or from Sweden from some of these countries a few foreign teams are uncertain if they will be able to come in the end.

What this means

All teams that have signed up to date shall pay the entry fee prior to the 1st of July (if they haven’t already) if they want to be certain to claim their place and to get the “early bird fee”. After the 1stof July the entry fee increases by 2000 SEK. 

The special reimbursement rules due to the pandemic applies (see NoR)

1.      If a non-Swedish team has paid the entry fee but is not able to participate due to special rules due to Covid-19 that prevents the team from travelling (closed borders, quarantine-rules etc) the whole amount minus bank fees will be reimbursed. 
Important: If the situation is such that you would like to come, but only if your National authorities changes the current rules regarding travelling to/from Sweden, then you shall contact me and explain the situation prior to paying the entry fee.

2.      If a sailor has symptoms that can be suspected Covid-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, runny or blocked nose, sore throat, headache, nausea, muscle or joint pain) he/she is not allowed to participate and shall immediately (on the same day) inform the event organisation. The entry fee minus 2000 SEK will be reimbursed.

The plan

The planning for the event will be much easier from now on and as soon as possible after the 1st of July I will confirm the number of beds needed, how big the race organisation need to be, how many security boats will be needed etc.  Since we are fewer teams than usual there might be beds for most teams even if we have to spread out and be fewer in each room.

This year we plan to go south. Far south. The preliminary base camps for Thursday and Friday will be Rånö in the Southern Archipelago. Depending on the weather we might go to the beaches of Askö or round the inhabited island Öja (Landsort) which we did last in the raid in 2012. Or, if the winds are to strong we can sail further north, sheltered by the islands Utö, Ornö etc. On the third night we will stay at Lökholmen which is an iconic venue for all sailors and perfectly situated both for the 3rd and 4th days of sailing. We had a very nice 3 days practice raid this weekend in the waters around Sandhamn and it was an awesome experience with 10-18 knots of warm winds, amazing sailing and amazing food outdoors on the rocks. See the Swedish F18 association facebook page or the Relive track from one leg for inspiration. Thanks to Gustaf Dyrssen and Fredrik Karlsson for organizing, now we know for sure that raid sailing is both possible, safe and fun also during a pandemic.

Best regards

Lars Linder

Going back to the roots

Due to the pandemic changes have been made to the Stockholm Archipelago Raid to mitigate the risks and to be able to safely keep the distance to other teams. Sailors will sleep in tents and meals will probably be served outdoors, like it used to be the early days of Archipelago Raid. But the race will stay in Sweden and the trip to Åland is postponed to 2021. As a consequence the raid will be shortened to 4 days instead of 5 and starts on the 20th of August. An updated Notice of Race is published.

The 20th raid will be the same adventure and awesome sailing in the Stockholm Archipelago as every year. But changes has been made to adopt to the new normal.

In Sweden the first regatta of the season took place on the 25th of April 2020 with new routines and sailors who acted responsibly and kept the distance to other teams. It turned out to be the first regatta in the world post covid-19.

A maximum number of teams are allowed to participate for security and logistical reasons. The maximum number of teams is 30. However, in order to limit the Covid-19 virus from spreading, the Swedish authorities allows gatherings of maximum 50 people (as of 2020-05-01). Since a minimum of 10 people is required for the Race Organisation it means that the maximum number of teams is 20, unless the authorities will allow bigger gatherings. The decision whether 20 or 30 teams will be allowed depends solely on the recommendations and rules by the Swedish authorities and can be changed as late as up to the registration day 2020-08-19.

For now 30 teams from 8 countries have signed up, but due to the lock downs and travet restrictions there is still a chance for sailors on the waiting list to enter. Sign up here. The early bird fee has been prolonged to the first of July since that might clarify what rules and recommendations will apply in different countries. The entry fee will be reimbursed for teams that will not be able to participate due to special rules due to Covid-19 that prevents the team from travelling to/from Sweden (closed borders, quarantine-rules etc).

The crossing of Ålands sea will be postponed to 2021. The raid will stay among the 36 000 islands and skerries on the Swedish side and stop for the night on some remote, beautiful island.

Possible course from south to north with endless possibilities not to pass the same place twice.

While you take a shower and raise the tent on the spot of your choice, dinner is prepared on the mobile kitchen of the transport vessel. After a well deserved meal and a glass of wine or two at the camp fire you make some final preparations on the boat to be ready for the early start next day. As the sun sets and the air get chilly you make sure the GPS, VHF and mobile are charging and go to your tent under the pine tree and tuck in to the sound of the forest and the waves.

Late evening tow

It will be a different raid in some sleeping in tents and waiting outdoors, but the stunning wilderness of the archipelago and the fantastic sailing is the same. We are going back to the roots of raid sailing.

Nature, sports and adventure