Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society is a yacht club founded in 2018 by its current Commodore Arto Linnervuo based in Espoo, Finland. The club’s teams primarily race offshore races, but also participate in the Finnish Sailing League, a track sailing championship between Finnish yacht clubs on smaller keel boats. The club offers a wide range of racing and development opportunities for sailors with diverse skills and experience, and now comprises of almost 100 members.

We are primarily a sail racing club whose members compete in different classes in both inshore and offshore races. We are united by our strong desire to develop and become better sailors. In addition, the members of our club, who don’t often even own a boat, can access the benefits and activities of Finnish Sailing and Boating Association including education.”

The society has around 30 sailors, and more than 20 of them have already gained experience in demanding offshore races organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society also wants to contribute to Finnish offshore racing in the long term by trying to attract more young Olympic class sailors to join. Two younger track sailors aiming for Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 have already joined the team.

“The better we support younger talent, the more we will see new “Tompes” in the future who will participate first in the Olympics, and then possibly move to offshore sailing and become professional sailors”

One of the Society’s goals was to give Finnish offshore racing even higher international visibility and make RORC and its races better known in Finland to attract more Finnish boats and offshore crews. The second goal was related to supporting John Nurminen Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea project. The objective of the project is to improve the status of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the nutrient load and environmental risks faced by the sea. The society wanted to help the foundation to raise funds for the project and give international visibility for it.