Welcome to Hankø Race Week June 22-26 2016. The Hankø Race Week is organized by the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (KNS) in cooperation with Fredrikstad Sailing Club.
The Hankø Race Week is open to all boats of the ORCi,11m OD, Melges 24, Express, H-Boat, Dragon and IOD classes complying with class rules and the Notice of Race.
The racing area just outside the island of Hankø offers one of the best race courses in Norway, some would say one of the best race courses in the world. The island is located in the south-eastern part of Norway at the Oslo Fjord, not far from the Swedish border. The race course is exposed to sea breezes from the southwest and generally offers very good and fair sailing. The wind conditions are normally stable with no tidal problems. From Oslo to Hankø it`s about 60 minutes drive by car. Fredrikstad is the closest city with 70.000 inhabitants, just 15 minutes drive from Hankø. Hankø is known to be a summer resort with private summer homes and the Hankø Hotel & Spa.
Sailing has been an important activity and has made the island internationally well known. For many years King Olav stayed most of the summer at his summer house or at the Royal Yacht “Norge”. Hankø offers tennis courts, areas for swimming, forest walks and horse riding.There is a good 18 hole golf course 10 minutes drive from Hankø. A nice little ferry takes you from the mainland to Hankø where berthing and accommodation are located. The ferry takes 3-4 minutes and goes directly to the yacht harbour.
KNS cooperates with Hankø Yacht Club (HYC), a private club, which was founded in 1954 by senior members of KNS aiming to promote international yacht racing at Hankø. The club has its[hrw-badstuen] picturesque clubhouse and a protected harbour on the island a few hundred metres from the mainland.
Participating boats will be moored along the berths just outside the clubhouse. The berths are new and offer fresh water and electricity. Wireless internet access is available at HYC on your arrival.
The Hankø Hotel & Spa with 230 beds is located 5 minutes walk from HYC and there is one additional restaurant on the island. On the mainland across the sound, there is a grocery store and a marina with fuel etc. The city of Fredrikstad offers a variety of services and has many hotels, restaurants and historic sites worthwhile visiting. Sailing distance to Oslo is 45 nautical miles. The distance from the northern part of Denmark to Hankø is 100 nautical miles.