Since registrations opened two weeks ago 22 teams from 10 countries have signed up for the Stockholm Archipelago Raid 2018. The sailors come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, the USA and of course Sweden.
The Stockholm Archipelago Raid (SAR) continues to attract both pro sailors and adventurous F18 club sailors. Archei Massey (GBR) and Mike McKensie (AUS) are very experienced skiff sailors and World Champions and come to the SAR for the first time. So are the young Australian team with Lucy Nissen (1999) and Jai Tooley (2000) who sail foiling Nacra and F18.
Three French teams registered so far. Pierre Yves Moreau and Benoit Lequin holds transatlantic record in a sport catamaran and have both sailed the “old Archipelago Raid”.
Off-shore sailor Louis Luc has sailed Transat Jacques Vabre many times but will be sailing the SAR for the first time.
Paul Marette and Julien Thys are experienced sailors who sails different kind of boats and have sailed the Martinique Cata Raid together with good results.
Among the Swedish teams is the reigning Raid World champion, the winner of the SAR 2017 Leff Dahl, as well as the winner of SAR 2016, Rasmus Rosengren. Rasmus was the helmsman of Artemis Youth Racing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017. Other Swedes to look out for are the three times Nordic F18 champions Fredrik Karlsson / Niklas Nordblom who are always in the top squad of the raid. Maybe this year it is their turn to win!
For sure 2018 will be just as competitive as any year before. 8 places are still open out of the maximum 30 and two weeks remains with the Early Bird Fee.