The Nordic Offshore season draws to a conclusion at Östhammars this weekend.
The event will also be raising money for Cancer Research.
Pernilla Ingvarsson who will be the Östhammars OOD told me;
Last year was the first time we held this race. It brings money to the Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer but also other foundations that fund research against the disease.
The amount that we gathered last year was almost 100,000 SEK, which was more than we could have dreamed of. The race was as simple as possible and very close to Offshore Circuit Racing. Most Swedish offshore racers had never made so many turns in a race before!
A round of the Nordic Super Series for Offshore calass 3C will be competed for along with V60, V150, 3A and 3B.
When we started the planning for this race we had expectations of around 50 boats.
Right now we have more than 90!
Almost all the Finnish boats are coming and several Norwegians.
I recently wrote an article about UIM Class 3A European Champion Eva Pettersson (above) and her fight against cancer, and Pernilla explains;
Eva has the opportunity to also be a Nordic Champion this weekend even with the horrible side effects of her medicine and treatment. Mattias Dahlqvist in A-115 just lost his mother and co-pilot some weeks ago to the disease.
Some of the competing teams have already made their own donations to charities of their choice, although in Sweden October is ‘pink month’ so the majority of the fund raising will go to the ‘Pink ribbon’ and the Swedish Cancer Foundation.
Photos: Terry O’Neil
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.