This week, the quaint little fishing village Marstrand turns to a boiling, bustling hotspot when Stena Match Cup Sweden – Sweden’s largest international sailing event – comes to town. More than hundred thousand visitors come to watch the best match racing sailors in the world in spectacular archipelago surroundings.
Match Cup in Marstrand. Photo: Emilia Björk
The popularity of the event has increased steadily since it was introduced the first time, almost twenty years ago. Today, it is not only about sailing – Marstrand becomes a place where the tops of the Swedish business life meet and mingle, where jetsetters party, where well known artists perform and where private sailing boats herd.
The sailing competition is one of ten World Championship events arranged around the world, being part of the World Match Racing Tour. And arguably, this event might be the best, at least from an audience point of view. The location of Marstrand with its surrounding protruding skerries and cliffs results in an extraordinary spectator’s arena. The narrow water on the south side of Marstrand lets the audiences come within meters of the boats and the shifting height of the rocks gives a good overview. In addition, the windswept, barren archipelago in the outer part of Bohuslän’s coastline provides the sailors with plentiful wind to create the intense sailing the spectators expect to see.
Match Cup Sweden Marstrand. Photo: Emilia Björk
By: Emilia Björk