Bouwe Bekking is joining HiQ 4 during ÅF Offshore Race

2019-06-26 - ÅF Offshore Race Breaking news – Team HiQ 4 annouces that Gideon Messink will leave the role as skipper on board the VO65 to Bouwe Bekking, former skipper on Team Brunel.

The fight for line honors in the World’s largest annual offshore race, ÅF Offshore Race, just got even tougher. One of the World’s current most experienced offshore sailors, Bouwe Bekking, is coming to Stockholm to join his old boat Brunel, now HiQ 4. HiQ has put together a very competitive team for the 2019 race. The goal is to beat last year’s speed record for mono-hulls, that was set by the 90-footer CQS. 

- It feels great to be back on the water. Eleven years ago, we beat the speed record around Gotland with a trimaran. Now we are also aiming for the mono-hull record. It is clear that it will be tough, but with good winds we have the chance to beat it, says Erik Ridman at HiQ.
This is also great news for all the hundreds of thousands of spectators that we anticipate will visit Skeppsholmen in Stockholm during the weekend. Please join us on the docks, looking at all these beautiful boats and a packed event schedule!

The ÅF Offshore Race starts in the centre of Stockholm Sunday June 30th and runs through the archipelago, via Sandhamn and round the island of Gotland and finishes in Sandhamn, approximately 350 nm. In the 2019 race some 230 boats ranging from 24 to 80 feet, gathers in Stockholm on Thursday and Friday to prepare for the start.