The champion clubs from the National Sailing Leagues from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden have qualified for the 2017 edition of the Nord Stream Race, the 1,000 nautical mile offshore race through the Baltic Sea. The five clubs will be racing in a fleet of brand-new, one-design ClubSwan 50 racing yachts.
This summer, a new format for the Nord Stream Race brings together some of the most high-achieving yacht clubs from the National Sailing Leagues: Starting on 25th August, the Baltic Sea’s best clubs to emerge from the 2016 season of the Sailing League will compete for the honour of becoming the “Best Yacht Club of the Baltic Sea”. The long-distance regatta takes the fleet from Kiel via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki to the finish in Saint Petersburg.
As the first of the competitors, Team Germany on board SY “SGM” crossed the finish line of the second leg of the Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016 in Warnemünde at 02:58 AM on Friday morning, 10th June, having sailed nonstop for 3 days, 8 hours and 13 minutes on their way from the Finish capital of Helsinki. Combined with their 3rd place in leg one from St. Petersburg to Helsinki it makes them the overall winners of the 5th edition of this Baltic Offshore Challenge.
With the third night - if you can call the few hours of twilight a night - is approaching, it is time to have a look at strategy and tactics. TSAAR PETER have manoeuvred themselves into a fairly solid position – unless luck comes into play which can play a part in sailing. However sophisticated our forecasts are these days, things are changing rapidly once the forecast is confronted with reality. The latest routing would indicate them finishing just 37 minutes ahead of SPIRIT OF EUROPE, and BRONENOSEC just another 5 minutes behind them.
After a short pit stop in Helsinki, which included a press conference, a BBQ, several visits to the sauna and shower as well as some very precious minutes of badly needed sleep, the participants have started leg two of Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016. At 18:45 local time BRONENOSEC, TSAAR PETER and SPIRIT OF EUROPE crossed the start line just off the Helsingfors Segelklubb in Helsinki. A little behind followed SGM and PETITE FLAMME. All boats beautifully displayed their kites as they majestically floated out into the open sea.
At 04:35 local time BRONENOSEC with Team Russia crossed the finish line as the first of the Swan 60 yachts making them the winners of the first leg. However, this result is only preliminary as there has been a protest raised against the team.
With a slight delay of 30 minutes the Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016 started in Saint Petersburg today at 12.30 PM local time. Owing to the slightly cloudy sky, just before the start the wind dropped from around 12 knots right down to around 7 knots which made the manoeuvring before the start even trickier for the five contestants. Team Russia dealt best with the difficult situation and came off first, shortly followed by Team Europe who came with more boat speed from behind.
The battle is on: Tomorrow, on Sunday the 5th of June at 12pm local time, talented and dedicated sailing crews will take on the Baltic Sea on board of five Swan 60 yachts. The fleet of Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016 will leave Saint Petersburg/Russia at midday racing the 150 nautical miles of the first leg to the Finnish capital of Helsinki. After a short stopover, the second leg will be started, leading the participants all the way to Warnemünde/Germany – 560 tough nautical miles across the Baltic Sea.
750 nautical miles – 70 sailors – 5 participating nations – 3 countries
The Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, assisted by the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein in co-operation with Helsingfors Segelklubb and Rostocker Regatta Verein, is organising the Nord Stream Invitational Race. Starting on 5th June 2016 the route of this challenging offshore regatta will follow the Nord Stream pipeline, leading the participants from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany with a stopover in Helsinki, Finland.
Participants from Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and other nations celebrated the winners of the Nord Stream Race 2015 in the glamorous Maritime Museum in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, 26th September. The Nord Stream Race is the longest non-stop race in the Baltic Sea.