All boats have finished, and the Garmin Round Denmark Race 2023 is thus concluded. Only the ORC results are missing. They are expected to be published later.
It was Stig Wittrup on his Moody 45 Cassiopeia who closed this year's edition of the Garmin Round Denmark Race. This happened when he crossed the finish line on Saturday, August 12th at 10:01 PM after 9 days and just under 6 hours. We caught up with Stig Wittrup yesterday around 5:30 PM, where he mentioned that his expected arrival in Aarhus would be around 7:40 PM. At this point, he had less than 10 nautical miles to go, and the wind forecasts looked reliable with winds not dropping below 4 m/s. However, it didn't turn out that way. A rain shower followed by calm conditions added a couple of extra hours to the finish time.
In Aarhus, Stig Wittrup was greeted by family and friends, as well as representatives from the Garmin Round Denmark Race who congratulated him and presented him with a Quatic 7 marine smartwatch from the main sponsor Garmin for his achievement as the fastest solo sailor on the offshore course. Earlier in the day, the second-to-last boat, Midas, skippered by Torben Herslund, also crossed the finish line on the offshore course at 2:03 PM.
Happy solo-sailors Stig Wittrup.
ORC Club results
The only remaining calculation is the determination of the overall winners based on the ORC Club rule. Here, the race management must subtract the mandatory stopover in Helsingør from the sailing times, as well as the resting times of the single-handed sailors according to safety rule TRR 44/8. The overall winners will also receive a Quatic 7 sailing smartwatch from Garmin.
Interview with Stig
If you haven't seen the interview with Stig Wittrup from his boat, recorded on Saturday, August 12th, as he had just come within the 15 nautical mile line, you can find a link here: https://youtu.be/THBifG25cIY.