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.
With the prize giving ceremony at the glamorous Naval Museum in Saint Petersburg the Nord Stream Race 2015 has officially ended and become history. Principal Race Officer Stefan Kunstmann congratulated all crews on their extraordinary performance of sailing 800 nautical miles nonstop across the Baltic Sea. They have completed an amazing challenge and were cheered and celebrated for their achievement.
The Nord Stream Race fleet is united again at Port Hercules in Saint Petersburg. As the last of the yachts to arrive the Swan 60 SGM with skipper Joachim Brünner crossed the finish line on Thursday 24th September at 20:47:03 local time. They struggled with some hydraulic problems along the way so it is great to know them safe in the harbour now!
The second of the ORC participants has now arrived safely. At 08:40:31 local time skipper Carol Smolawa steered the BANK VON BREMEN across the finish line. Many congratulations and welcome to Saint Petersburg!
At 07:24:56 local time the BROADER VIEW HAMBURG finished the 800 nautical miles of Nord Stream Race 2015 as the first of the ORC yachts. Many congratulations to skipper Georg Christiansen and his young crew from Germany!
At 23:37:07 local Saint Petersburg time PETITE FLAMME has arrived at the finish line as the fourth of the Swan 60 yachts. Many congratulations to skipper Juan Calvo Boronat and his Spanish crew! After customs clearance they will join the others at Port Hercules where the crews will be welcomed with burgers and beer.
Skipper Sergey Borodinov and the young ambitious sailors of Team Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge on board of TSAAR PETER are taking the third place of the Swan 60 division in this year’s Nord Stream Race. Their finishing time: 22:28:31 Many congratulations!