Not only the sailors tend to have a lack of sleep during Nord Stream Race. Our media team also hardly gets a wink of sleep. The whole day the camera team are on their legs to film on the water and on shore or to conduct interviews and capture the atmosphere of the race.
Sunday, the 1st of June, is reserved for the inshore races. From 11am the six Swan 60 yachts will compete in up to three races (up-and-down) just off Helsinki Marina. At the moment the weather forecast predicts only little wind. However we saw how quickly this can change during the first leg from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki.
After the first leg of Nord Stream Race protests were submitted against Team Estonia and Team China. The race jury has postponed the decision for the time being. Accordingly the results of the Swan 60 class for leg 1 from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki are only provisional for now.
The Finn Tea Ekengren-Saurén (pink shirt) and her crew of “Blue Nights“ are back in Helsinki. Today they finished the first leg of Nord Stream Race 2014. ”Actually I didn’t find it was that cold. I was only wearing seven layers of clothing”, she commented after the race with a smile on her face. No wonder – with her Swan 45 she mainly sailed in the Mediterranean for the past years.
The first yacht to arrive at Marina Helsinki was “Petite Flamme“ with Team Estonia. Skipper Alar Volmer’s nose was decorated with a plaster. “I got hit by a block in my face but the nose is not broken”, he said smiling. The crew from Tallinn was registered as the third Swan 60 at 03:00am last night.
A picture is worth a thousand words. During Nord Stream Race 2014 two photographers are on their feet almost 24/7 to catch the best moments of the race. In addition some of the yachts supply us with great images from the events on board.
Race Director Alan Green informed the fleet to finish the first leg of Nord Stream Race tonight at 03:00am (Helsinki local time). The positions of the yachts at this point will decide about the result of the leg.
The first leg of Nord Stream Race 2014 from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki has started today. With light wind of 8 knots from a westerly direction the yachts crossed the starting line and quickly disappeared into the fog.
It will take the participants of Nord Stream Race about one week to travel the two legs from Saint Petersburg to Warnemünde with a stopover in Helsinki where they will sail the in-port races. 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.