The summer of 2015 will go down as one of the best ever for the sailing enthusiast on the West Coast of Sweden. With three of the arguably biggest circuits in the sailing world visiting the area in a few months time there has been plenty of high quality action for the local audience and inspiration for the aspiring sailors.
On June 21 the Volvo Ocean Race opened up its event area on the Frihamnen pier in Gothenburg, welcoming an overwhelming crowd despite the delayed finish from the six competing teams. The inlet was crowded by spectator boats as the fleet arrived in Gothenburg the day after and the successful week of activities, pro am sailing and entertainment was crowned by the last in-port race of the regatta.
The sailing fans got little rest after that as the focus was shifted 40 minutes north, to the island of Marstrand, where the match racing elite gathered for the 21st edition of Stena Match Cup Sweden. Another fantastic week of world class sailing, successful sponsor activation and beautiful weather resulted in another victory for the Swede Björn Hansen, who has proven to be difficult to beat in Marstrand.
But we’re a not done just yet. Between August 27-30 the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series comes to Gothenburg and the six teams continue to prepare for the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup, which is to be held in Bermuda in 2017. The event area will be located on the Frihamnen pier and the sailing action can be seen both in Långedrag, where the main race course will be, and in the harbour inlet.