ÅF Offshore Race 2015 – "Connect people with new technique"
For the fifth year in a row, ÅF is the proud title sponsor of the ÅF Offshore Race, that goes on from 25 June to 2 July. Last year more than 160.000 visitors at the event. What happens this year?
ÅF Offshore Race 2015 is the Nordic region’s largest regatta. When ÅF partnered up with KSSS in 2011, the competition got a total makeover and the race start was moved from the island of Sandhamn in the archipelagoes to the center of Stockholm. The event has become one of Stockholm’s largest events and last year the race village attracted more than 160.000 visitors.
ÅF Offshore Race is a sailing competition that starts 28th June but the event starts already 25th June. The boats start in Stockholm, sail all the way to the island of Gotland, round the island and then go back to the finish line in Sandhamn. The boats are expected to cross the finish line 2nd July but of course it all depends on the weather. More than 200 boats are competing, and the competition is based on a handicap system so that everyone has a fair chance of winning.
Race village, the event area, is open from 25-28 June and takes place on the island of Skeppsholmen in the center of Stockholm. The event area offers many activities that suit all types of people at all ages. In ÅF’s tents you can interact and try some of the newest technique presented by ÅF’s engineers e.g. laser scanning and virtual reality glasses. Scan the tent and see the model on a computer or put on a pair of glasses and start walking in a virtual world without taking a single step outside the tent. You can also compete against a robot to see who has the best balance, or compete in our traditional winch competition. Lots of action, lots of technique and lots of fun! And one of the most popular activities last year was the successful knot school. Go back to basic, work with your hands and mind, and learn how to tie knots.
Further out on Skeppsholmen you will also find the Sharp family area where you can relax in sun chairs or activate yourself by trying stand up paddling. Of course the race village offers everything you need when it comes to food and drinks and entertainment. It’s open from 9 am and finishes with live performances and DJ’s playing until 00.30 am. The summer feeling is usually very high and the view over Stockholm is beyond amazing!
“Sailing is a sport that in many ways is related to ÅF's business and people. It has a high environmental profile, it’s a technical sport and the capability of working together as a team is crucial if you want to win ÅF Offshore Race. ÅF sponsors the race to gain internal pride, to strengthen the brand, and to create a business arena for our clients and potential employees”, Josephine Sirander, Project Manager for ÅF Offshore Race.
“ÅF has been the title sponsor of this event for five years and we’re constantly working on improving our part of the event and do everything we can to exceed both the competitors and the visitors’ expectations. Together with KSSS and the other sponsors we want to create Stockholm’s largest annual event. As an engineering company one of our main focus areas is to connect people with new technique. We want everyone to not only view, but to try and experience advanced technique in a fun way.”