Wrapped up in waterproof clothing but still in a very good mood the crew of the Russian Youth Sailing Team on board Swan 60 “Tsaar Peter” arrived in Saint Petersburg yesterday. The young crew around skipper Sergey Borodinov had to bring the boat from their winter storage in Tallinn to the city on the Neva in order to take part in the Nord Stream Race start on Friday.
It’s the first time, that a Swan 60 project from Estonia will participate at North Stream Race. But the newly formed team from Estonia is by no means a newcomer to the world of sailing. The team is led and put together by Alar Volmer, active Star Class and Dragon Class sailor, whose offshore experience started in a Finnish team as helmsman at the Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-1998.
With the Sail & Cook Challenge Nord Stream Race 2014 will finish off with a highlight. Organised as a show regatta three Swan 60 yachts will race against each other just outside the yacht harbour of Warnemünde on 7th of June. On board will be three gourmet chefs who will have to prove their skills under difficult conditions.
Standing behind Team Germany is a German sailing project that is competing under the flag of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein. The team of young up-and-coming talents as well as experienced offshore sailors had to be put together at short notice and has never sailed together in this constellation before.
The Saint Petersburg Yacht Club (SPYC) is pioneer when it comes to supporting young Russian sailors. Especially president Vladimir Liubomirov is committed to promoting young talents and to giving them the chance to take part in international regattas. One of those is the Nord Stream Race where SPYC will be entering a Russian Youth Team for the first time.
Without doubt Russian “Bronenosec“ is one of the main challengers to win the third edition of Nord Stream Race. The team around Russian owner and skipper Vladimir Liubomirov won the premiere in 2012 and only missed winning last year’s edition by a few seconds by coming in second after team Great Britain. 2014 Team Russia is aiming to win back their title.