This weekend, April 20 -21, you can follow this season’s first match racing regatta at The Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club. GKSS Ice Breaker Cup is an ISAF Grade 3 event but looking at the lineup, you might think it’s a World Tour event. Johnie Berntsson and Björn Hansen from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour are in the race, and they will be joined by Anna Kjellberg and Caroline Sylvan, both competing in the new Women’s International Match Racing Series.
The GKSS Ice Breaker Cup is sailed in DS37s and the event format is a full round robin followed by semi finals and a final. Besides Hansen, Berntsson, Sylvan and Kjellberg, who have all competed in Stena Match Cup Sweden, the line up also includes Staffan Lindberg and Viktor Ogeman, both competitors at Marstrand in 2012. The first events of the AWMRT and the WIMRS are still a couple of weeks away but this weekend is a good opportunity to take the temperature and check out the form of the best match racing teams in Sweden.
Lineup GKSS Ice Breaker
Caroline Sylvan (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 24th women’s class
Anna Kjellberg (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 21st women’s class
Björn Hansen (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 2nd open class, winner SMCS 2012
Johnie Berntsson (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 9th open class
Staffan Lindberg (FIN)- ISAF Ranked 21st open class
Viktor Ogeman (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 40th open class
Lucas Lier (DEN)- ISAF Ranked 104th open class
Jakob Klitte (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 79th open class
Martin Mehus (NOR)- ISAF Ranked 136th open class
Sven Larsson (SWE)- ISAF Ranked 121st open class