Viktor Ogeman tests his team against the world's top match racers at STENA Match Cup Sweden PHOTO: Andy Carter / AWMRT
Two of the world’s top young match racing prospects are testing themselves at STENA Match Cup Sweden this week as wildcard entrants include 23 year-old local skipper Viktor Ogeman (SWE) Team Accure and Joachim Achenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork, who competes in his second Tour event of the year at just 18 years-old.
Ogeman joins Bjorn Hansen and Johnie Berntsson as home prospects for the Swedish fans, having been trained for a year by America’s Cup skipper and Swedish sailing legend, Magnus Holmberg. Talented Dane Joachim Aschenbrenner lines up alongside him as the youngest skipper of the Tour season to date.
Viktor Ogeman feels that now is the time for him to test himself against the best match racers in the world: “Naturally it is enhancing our motivation to be able to race against the biggest. We are here to learn and to see how we need to develop as a team. Of course our goal is also to try and take a victory or two as well”
Ogeman’s team have raced together for four years, training and being mentored by Magnus Holmberg and Tour Card Holder Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing in Holmberg’s Elite Challenge GKSS Youth Squad.
Outlining his goals for the season, Ogeman said: “The objective this year is to make a positive start in our first Tour event to show that we are prepared to compete in events at this level. It has been a great challenge so far to sail against the world’s elite in Marstrand and to test ourselves to see the level we are sailing at. And sure, it would be a fantastic introduction to beat Williams when we meet him today in qualifying too!”