Hansen Sailing Team sets out in their Elliott 35 SS on Wednesday to set a record for the Round Denmark Race Inshore distance. If they make it home to Aarhus they will set "the time to beat" for the participants in next year's new offshore race - a race that will be the longest in Northern Europe.
Hansen Sailing Team once again marks itself as Denmark's most ambitious team when it comes to offshore racing. Therefore, they are now challenging themselves on the new 650 nautical mile Round Denmark Race Inshore distance. The "real" race will be sailed for the first time in the summer of 2021 starting from June 20 to June 26 June. At that time, it will be a fleet race for both singlehanded, 2Star and fully Crewed boats.
But not so this year, where it will be a solo performance for the Hansen Sailing Team. Unlike Bouwe Bekking, who set the record on Round Denmark Race Offshore in the VO 65, Hansen Sailing Team is not waiting for the right weather window.
- We have coordinated our calendars and found the hole that fits everybody. We have now a strong team. In a way, our performance will better reflect the conditions that the participants in Round Denmark Race Inshore will encounter in 2021. Here, it is also the race management that has determined the time and place, says skipper Michael Møllmann.
Located in Aarhus
The top-tuned Elliott 35SS is already ready for the record attempt in Aarhus. Skipper and crew meet during Wednesday. The start goes at 19.00 and the starting line will be visible right outside the International Sailing Center. Sailing Aarhus is responsible for laying out the start / finish line and timekeeping.
- It is not an optimal weather forecast, but it is challenging, says Michael Møllmann and continues. We get what we come for, namely the challenge to be at sea for several days and constantly stay on our toes and ensure that we sail the boat optimally.
Michael Møllmann is together with Thomas Sørensen, Sofus Pedersen, Lars Kirk, Martin Larsen and Kresten Mohr. They expect to be back in Aarhus on Sunday night.
You can follow the record attempt here on Bådmagasinet and live on tracing via this link, where the boat position is updated every hour:
You can revisit the interview with Michael Møllmann, where the experienced sailor talks about his passion for offshore racing. He also talks about the potent Elliott 35 SS in which the record attempt is being sailed. The interview was made during Bouwe Bekking's record sailing at the end of