Racing on melted snow

2017-07-01 - ÅF Offshore Race Galactic Viking is dressed in Helly Hansen clothing and competing in SRS Big Boat class in ÅF Offshore Race 2017. The alpine skiing star Maria Pietilä-Holmner with four medals from the World Championships in skiing has changed her natural element; snow, to water.

The boat is an Open 60 and actually built for onehanded sailing around the world. The crew are both experienced sailors and representatives from Helly Hansen. Magnus Svahn, Sweden boss for Helly Hansen will be the chef on board.

- Unfortunately I am not too experienced in boats larger than Optimist, but I will do my utmost to keep them happy and satisfied, says Magnus.

On board the Calactic Viking are also the famous Swedish downhill skiers Maria Pietilä Holmner, Felix Monsén and Gustav Lundbäck.

- Maria has sailed ÅF Offshore Race before but I do not think that Felix and Gustav have any experience but I hope we can get the sailors up on the hills later on.