5 Teams, 5 Countries, 4 Legs: the Nord Stream Race starts on the 26th of August for the 6th time – 1,000 nautical miles across the Baltic Sea. The Nord Stream Race takes sailors from five nations in eleven days from Kiel via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki to Saint Petersburg. In addition to the sporting competition, the contact between the 50 predominantly young sailors is in the foreground.
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.
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.