Nord Stream Race 2014 has only just finished but the planning for next year is already in full swing. In September 2015 Nord Stream Race will once again lead from Flensburg/Glücksburg to Saint Petersburg - 800 nautical miles non-stop across the Baltic Sea. The race will again be open for Swan 60 yachts and boats under ORC handicap.
This has never been seen before! Gourmet chefs showing their skills on board of three Swan 60 racing yachts – all while sailing a regatta. In glorious sunshine and with 12 to 15 knots of wind speed the boats competed in three short races on a windward-leeward-course just off Warnemünde. On deck as well as under deck the contestants fought for the top places.
Today, on 7th of June 2014, was the day of the official prize giving ceremony for Nord Stream Race 2014. Patron for the prize giving ceremony was Erwin Sellering, prime minister of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
On Thursday, 5th of June 2014 at 3:35am, Russian "Bronenosec" was the first Swan 60 to cross the finish line in Warnemünde after 600 nautical miles of sailing. Team Germany reached the harbour at 2:13pm as the sixth Swan 60. When the Elliott 45 "Blagodarnost 2" arrived at 9:04pm the Nord Stream Race fleet was complete at the harbour of Warnemünde.
Congratulations Team Russia! At 3:35am (CEST) the Russian Team around skipper Igor Frolov crossed the finish line right at the entrance of Warnemünde harbour. After a tight race the Swan 60 yacht managed to slowly break away from the rest of the fleet when they were south of Öland and afterwards extended the lead on the way to the finish.
At Yachthafen Höhe Düne in Warnemünde everything and everyone is ready and waiting for the Nord Stream Race fleet. At the moment (4. June at 2pm) the yachts are approaching Bornholm. Leading the fleet are Team Russia on board “Bronenosec“ with skipper Igor Frolov.
The Nord Stream Race fleet have spent the first night out on the water. All yachts are moving rather speedy and have already sailed a good 260 of the 600 nautical miles. Currently the fleet is moving southwards just east of Gotland with a boat speed of 9.5 to 11 knots. They are all extremely close together so the night was spent with continuous position changes.
Monday, 2nd of June, sees Nord Stream Race 2014 entering its final phase. At 11am local time the yachts will leave Helsinki for the 600 nautical mile long-distance race to Warnemünde. Of course there will be a race tracker available online again so that fans, friends and family at home can follow the race at any time.
The inshore races in Helsinki are finished. After three nail-biting races in light and shifting wind conditions Russian “Bronenosec” with skipper Igor Frolov secured the win of this year’s Nord Stream Race Inshore Trophy. The second place goes to Team Germany with skipper Alexander Holstein followed by Tim Kröger’s “Spirit of Europe“.