Friday 13th June 2008 will the eighth edition of the Archipelago Raid start.
The race has established itself as one of the toughest, non-stop, extreme sailing and orienteering competitions. It brings out the best sailors and adventurers worldwide to brave the beauty of the Stockholm, Åland and Finnish archipelagos.
For five intense days and nights a maximum of 35 teams will navigate the amazing labyrinth of thousands of islands and rocks on Formula 18 catamarans.
Along the way they have to find almost 30 checkpoints located on beaches, pontoons, boats and lighthouses. The event is organised in the true spirit of a Raid, demanding an extreme performance in sailing and respecting nature in an adventurous spirit. The course can vary between 300 and 500 nautical miles depending on the wind strength. Main attributes to win this race are endurance, experience with multihulls, navigational skills and knowledge of the Scandinavian Islands.
In the 2007 Raid, in a tight fought battle between the French, Team Thule (Mathias Almstedt/Martin Strandberg SWE) one of the local Swedish teams and the F18 European Champions, Yamaha Red (Mischa Heemskerk/Bastiaan Tentji NED), it was the French team that finally secured victory having completed a solid and consistent event.
The winner, Christophe Mourniac (FRA) said at the finish line 'It is a fantastic race. It has been really difficult physically and the navigation is very tough. We are tired now and happy it is over.'
The Archipelago Raid is notorious for the range of conditions it throws at the sailors, the magnificent landscape that the competitors must navigate and the obstacles that stand in their way. www.archipelagoraid.com
Archipelago Raid 2007.
Leg Mariehamn (Aland) to Lapo (Finland).
' TEAL THULE' Mathias ALMSTEDT (SWE) and Martin STRANDBERG (SWE) - Th.Martinez ©?nid=40695