With more than 6 months until start 27 teams from 6 countries already signed up. This is a record high number of teams so much in advance and only 23 places remains until the race is full. It also means that the national slots are not filled and all signed-up teams are accepted. From now on teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Some top sailors are among the first to register. Elke Delnooz and Jeroen Van Leeuwen (NED) are coming back, last year they were 5th overall and 2nd in the mixed class. They will be challenged by last year winner Tomas Westergren who will sail with Therese Antman (SWE) winner of the female class last year.
In the mens class Brett Goodall (AUS) who manufactures and sells the C2 model of F18 will do his best to avoid the rocks and get on the podium in tough competition with last years 2nd Dahl and 4th Karlsson / Nordblom.
Youngest sailor so far is Gustav Boestad (19) who is sailing the Stockholm Archipelago Raid for the first time, but who has shown very capable and promising in other raids.
The Organisation of the F18 Raid Worlds is happy to announce that Nautical Channel, the Television Network, has decided to film the F18 Raid Worlds. Nautical Channel broadcast in 43 countries in 3 languages and reaches an audience of 21 Million, averaging at 1.5 million daily viewers.
The plan is to produce a 26 minutes programme that will air in a primetime slot, 3 weeks after the event. It will have highlight status and will have a minimum of 13 runs per week. Host and producer Andi van Zyl:
“The Stockholm Archipelago Raid Programme covers all the thrills and spills surrounding one of the most adventurous races in sailing. We follow the race through the archipelago to its finish in Stockholm City and get an exclusive view into the experiences sailors on their journey through the archipelago and discover more about the incredible location.”
The Swedish Formula 18 association has signed a partnership with Stockholm Business Region (SBR). This means that F18 Raid Worlds has get support for marketing of the event and for “Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia”.
Therese Antman, Marketing Manager of the event, explains:
– SBR has in their decision pointed out that the F18 Raid worlds is an event that will contribute to the positive image of Stockholm and the surrounding archipelago, its water, light and environment. SBR likes the international event with international top sailors, men and women, the adventure that they will experience and the environmentally sustainable profile.
– This will enable us to make professional film productions from the event both for broadcasting on TV and in online channels. I am very happy for the event and all the sailors, she concludes.