Watch 300 sailing boats battle it out as the most prestigious race in the Baltic Sea voyages into the Swedish capital.
Formally known as Gotland Runt (‘Round Gotland’), the ÅF Offshore Race is an eye-catching event, with a fleet of sleek racing vessels moored around the small Stockholm island of Skeppsholmen prior to the start of the event.
The race itself has its roots in a 1920s yachting event, when competitors moored for a spot of lunch before sailing home. By the 1930s it had evolved into a race that left Stockholm and looped around the Baltic island of Gotland before returning back to the capital. Apparently, the kings of both Sweden and Norway still participate in the race regularly.
Spectators can view the start of the race from its inner Stockholm starting point at Kastellholmen, from where the boats sail around the island of Gotland before returning to the capital.
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