Since I started blur.se four years ago, I’ve been trying to promote racing in general, and offshore racing in particular. And I’ve been on a mission to make our sport more accesible, more fun and more international. There are quite a few examples where regions have been able to grow both pro and corinthian sailing, so why can’t we build on their experiences? There’s also been some debate on the business of sailing, both in race formats and in individual teams.
But now it’s time to move from talk to action!
In a series of meetings regarding IRC, and how to build momentum in our part of the world, one thing lead to another and I’m very pleased to announce the collaboration with RORC, Seahorse and Rolex.
Blur.se will merge with Seahorse Magazine to help them build a cutting edge online platform with blogs, race tracking, live race video, Twitter, etc… We’ll also experiment with boat-to-boat race communication to make offshore racing a whole new experience. I will also contribute in the traditional magazine with perspectives on the North European scene as well as a regular Sweet-column. From may 1st blur.se will be in english and migrate to the Seahorse domain.
We’ve also secured support and significant sponsorship from RORC and Rolex, as well as several other large sponsors, to establish the IRC North European Championship. There’s negotiations right now with clubs and IRC Owner Associations in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Norway.
Also Rolex Skaw Race (formerly known as Göteborg Offshore Race) will be upgraded to a 600 mile premium offshore race. The STP65 class as well as several IRC mini maxis have agreed to participate in september as a natural third race after Middle Sea Race and Fastnet.