As the second of the Swan 60 yachts the Russian-Italian crew of BRONENOSEC with skipper Tommaso Chieffi crossed the finish line on 21:43:30 local Saint Petersburg time. Congratulations and welcome back home!
Congratulations to SPIRIT OF EUROPE who crossed the finish line at 21:04:21 local time! Well done to skipper Tim Kröger and his crew. They led the race almost from start to finish and will take the Nord Stream Race Swan 60 trophy with this excellent performance.
Not quite record breaking but still very fast – the yachts are approaching Saint Petersburg with 9 to 11 knots of boat speed, led by SPIRIT OF EUROPE with skipper Tim Kröger who is expected to finish today between 19:00 and 21:00 local time in Saint Petersburg – which is slightly different to what the tracker estimates. “There is a final uncertainty as to what will happen to the wind in the closing stages of the race”, said Race Officer Stefan Kunstmann. “Should the boats be able to continue as they had so far we would expect them at about 19:00 here, but I believe the wind will lessen a bit, leaving them struggling for pace on the final stretch. Gauging all the variables, I believe the first boat will finish just short of 21:00 local time.”
21 Sep 21:35 CEST: The Race Committee has decided to allow SGM to continue racing. Sailing Instructions permit temporary discontinuance of racing, albeit with restrictions to Outside Assistance. The Race Committee will base its decision whether to protest the boat after the race on the Skipper's declaration of exactly what assistance from outside the boat, if any, had been used and whether any advantage may have been gained. SGM's competitors will be informed of the findings.
Good news from SGM: The hydraulic problems on board of SGM have been fixed so that the yacht will be able to continue on her way to Saint Petersburg this evening. Skipper and crew are all well and are looking forward to the trip and to reaching Saint Petersburg. The race committee is currently evaluating whether SGM could still be scored as a competitor despite them requiring outside assistance to get the damages repaired. Their progress will be displayed on the tracker but they will remain being shown as retired until further notice.
New message from the crew of BANK VON BREMEN: Everything is fine on board of BANK VON BREMEN. We enjoy the dry and sunny conditions on the Baltic Sea and try hard to fight with our competitor - even if it does not look like this - a bit like Caribbean sailing. Thanks to the weather god for this; the race committee must have really good relations.
The first night out on the sea lies behind the Nord Stream Race fleet. SGM had to call into the harbour at Rostock / Warnemünde due to hydraulic problems. It is uncertain if and when the yacht will be able to continue. All other yachts have sailed approximately 250 miles at this point. However, the fleet is still together very closely – most of them even within the range of vision. Up front are SPIRIT OF EUROPE and BRONENOSEC fighting for the leading position. In the ORC division BROADER VIEW HAMBURG is just ahead of BANK VON BREMEN by about three miles.
The race committee just received a message from yacht SGM. They are having problems with the hydraulic on board. All crew are well but they will have to call into Rostock / Warnemünde for now to assess the damage. Whether SGM will be able to continue the race is uncertain at this point. Any news will be published immediately on the website.
The day started off on a high with a birthday cake for Rüdiger. To then leave the Flensburg Fjord in the sunshine was the perfect start for the Nord Stream Race. Thanks to the good preparation of the organising team the formalities of checking out with the police this morning all went smoothly. Afterwards under gennaker with 11 knots of wind towards Fehmarn; BROADER VIEW clode by, the Swan 60 a little ahead.
Seven fast offshore racing yachts started to Nord Stream Race 2015 on the Flensburg Fjord today. Under perfect sailing conditions they ventured out on the challenging sailing race across the Baltic Sea. The route of the race, which is being organised by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club and Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, is 800 nautical miles long and finishes in Saint Petersburg.