Leg 2 of the Nord Stream Race set sail from Copenhagen, Denmark this afternoon. At 420 nautical miles, this longest leg of the offshore race organised by St. Petersburg Yacht Club will see its competitors round southern Sweden bound for Stockholm.
Before the race got underway, special guests were able to experience racing on board the five state of the art ClubSwan 50 yachts in three short inshore races that took place in front of the hosting Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub in Skovshoved.
Once again it was Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club (Team Germany) that dominated. The young crew from near Munich, yesterday won leg 1 of the Nord Stream Race into Copenhagen. Today it promptly won the first two inshore races.
At 1415 the offshore race set sail, upwind into 12 knots of south southeasterly wind.
Of the leg ahead Team Germany skipper Michael Tarabochia said: “Our main targets will be to keep the guys awake and concentrating; to sail a good route to Stockholm and keep the boat going fast.”
In theory Cape Crow Yacht Club (Team Sweden) should have a ‘local knowledge’ advantage on this leg to their capital. However skipper Patrik Sturesson denied this: “It is a long race and anything can happen. The team that manages to get good sleep and into a good routine will stay ahead.”
The forecast has the light upwind conditions holding until the fleet turns east this evening for a 90 mile broad reach to Bornholm island, off southern Sweden. From there it will be spinnakers up for the long run north towards Stockholm. Here the boats will have to negotiate the tricky waters of the Swedish archipelago before finishing. In Stockholm the Nord Stream Race is being hosted by the Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS).
At 420 miles, the leg is expected to take two to three days to Stockholm.
The best yacht clubs of the National Sailing Leagues from the Baltic countries Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia are competing this year at the relaunched Nord Stream Race. The clubs are racing in a fleet of brand-new, one- design ClubSwan 50 racing yachts.
The Baltic Offshore Regatta - Nord Stream Race - has been held by the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club with the support of Gazprom and Nord Stream AG since 2012. The race connects Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
From 25th August to 7th September, the 1,000 nautical mile race course follows the Nord Stream pipeline from Kiel to Saint Petersburg, with stopovers in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. The idea of this revised format for the Nord Stream Race is “Connecting Baltics through Sport”.
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Five champions have qualified to participate in the Nord Stream Race 2017 via their National Leagues from the previous season: Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club from Germany, Frederikshavn Sejlklub from Denmark, Cape Crow Yacht Club from Sweden, Nyländska Jaktklubben from Finland and Lord of the Sail – Europe from Russia. Each of the five sailing clubs has send a crew with ten of their best sailors.