The first Offshore race of the Swedish season took place last weekend in Gräddö, (north of Stockholm).
The weather forecast predicted strong winds with heavy rain.
Unfortunately, the forecast was correct.
Over 40 boats entered into the various classes, 3B and V-150 being the most popular.
The racing course was varied, racing around Islands and shallow water, with not all getting it right!
In Class 3B, Fredrik Groth Fyrö and Hanna Thorén took a ‘massive’ win over ‘the best of the best’, Thomas and Annika Wrenkler in their Twister Cat by just over a minute.
Anton Modin, a ‘Rookie Racer’, ‘dialed in’ his Tintorera 20 through the course.
He won the 3A class over more experienced racers and is a name to remember for the forthcoming World Championship in Tvedestrand, Norway next month.
In the V-150 class Peter ‘Foppa’ Forsberg and Andreas Wirback won in their new PV4 boat with the Petestep hull.
Forsberg is a seasoned competitor and his experience showed.
V24 entrants have been lacking in numbers for 2016 and joining the V-300 class was the answer.
With the rougher water, Magnus Olofsson and Patrik Roslund took the flag with Peter van Bolderick / Dan Stom just behind.
First of the outboard powered boats was ‘Yours truly’, Jesper Zander and Linus Johnson in the beautiful new Frodé 23R.
Overall winners of the day were Fredrik Ylikoski and Niklas Rundström with their Cougar 27.
The noise of their Big-Block V8 is enough to make anyone want to go racing.
Thanks to Roslagens Boat Racing and Sweden Boat Racing for superb organisaton.
Jesper lives in Gustavsberg, Sweden.
He is an Offshore Racer, photographer and writes for Powerboat Racing World about the Swedish Offshore and Circuit Racing scene.