Mills Long Offshore Race is featuring a 24-36 hour tour of the coast of Norway and Sweden, with several long legs positioned for multiple wind angles. This will challenge the teams with sail selections and trimming solutions for optimal speed at these angles. Another challenge is navigational, with many small islets and rocks found along numerous sides of the race course.
The six teams in Class A have a 173.4-mile course to complete, the 21 crews in Class B have a 165.3-mile course, while the 27 entries in Class C have a 144-mile course. Weather predictions are for light and variable conditions at the 10:00 start, followed soon thereafter by a building southwest breeze that should persist through the remainder of the daylight and into the evening hours.
This opening race to the event is extremely important to the teams: while the scores are weighted the same as all other races, the results cannot be discarded.