Nord Stream Race kicks off on June 22
The eighth Nord Stream Race will be held from June 21 to July 5. The first races will be held on June 22 in German Kiel. Next, the fleet will take the route Copenhagen – Stockholm – Helsinki – St. Petersburg.
Regatta Nord Stream Race starts during the largest sailing festival in Europe – "Kiel week". Traditionally, this festival collects hundreds of sports, amateur and historical yachts. In Kiel, the ex-chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder will be the guest of honor at the events of the regatta. He will give a signal shot at the start of the first stage, thereby officially opening the eighth season of the Nord Stream Race. The official website of the regatta will be broadcast live short races of the Nord Stream Race in Kiel.
The official website of the Nord Stream Race – www.nord-stream-race.com
“In 2017, we breathed new life into the Nord Stream Race, giving it a new racing fleet, a route and a new strong concept that fully reflected the motto of the regatta“ Combining the Baltic with sport ”. Our goal is to make the Nord Stream Race not just a regatta, but an event in the Baltic. Nord Stream Race unites athletes who are fighting for the title of the best Baltic team. Thousands of caring people who support our cultural events, meetings and charity events get sick for their national teams, ”explains the project manager of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Elena Solovyova.
In Denmark, the regatta yachts will stand in the center of Copenhagen opposite the famous opera. In Sweden, Nord Stream will be part of the oldest European regatta ÅF Offshore Race in Stockholm. In Finland, boats will be chased in close proximity to the shore, and a sports program will be organized for visitors: family fitness, mini-golf, and yachting. In each city, planned free excursions to the yacht, where you can chat with athletes. A detailed schedule with an indication of the exact parking address and race results can be found on the regatta official website.
In St. Petersburg, boats will be moored on the Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment, they are open to the public on July 5 from 10.30 to 12.30. There will also be a meeting of Nord Stream Race athletes with young sailors from St. Petersburg sailing schools. After that, the ceremony of awarding the participants of the Nord Stream Race on the ship "Poltava" on the English Embankment. The ceremony starts at 13.00. Entrance to the award ceremony only with accreditation or an official invitation. On the evening of July 5th, a charity auction will be held. The auction will feature paintings by marine painters from Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia. Funds from the sale of paintings will be transferred to the AdVita fund.
Participants of the Nord Stream Race
The competition is attended by five teams – winners of the national sailing leagues of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
Commands Nord Stream Race 2019:
– North German Racing Union (Germany, multiple participant)
– Danish Royal Yacht Club (Denmark, the team participates for the first time)
– Swedish Royal Yacht Club (Sweden, the team participates for the second time)
– Aland Islands Yacht Club (Finland, team participates for the second time)
– Team "Leviathan" (Russia, the team participates for the first time)
The Moscow Leviathan team was formed in 2014 and is the youngest member of the upcoming regatta. Last year, Leviathan for the first time in history won the National Sailing League (NPL) and won a ticket to the Nord Stream Race. The backbone of the team are Vadim Yakhinson, Maxim Titarenko, Mikhail Sheremetyev and Maxim Sheremetyev. Vadim Yakhinson came to sailing at an advanced age. At 19, he was enrolled in the sailing section of the Moscow Aviation Institute and held the first race on a Finn class yacht there. His partner, Maxim Titarenko, was engaged in yachting prompted a meeting with Oscar Konyukhov, the son of Fyodor. Together they sailed the Atlantic Ocean for ten days. The Sheremetyev brothers are professional yachtsmen in the Leviathan team. They twice represented the Russian team at the Olympic Games (2008 and 2012).
How is the Nord Stream Race?
Participants compete in three tests: short races (coastal races), long crossings (offshore flights) and the overall credit, which is formed from the results of short and long races. Short races are held in the center of the cities, so it’s convenient to watch them from the shore. Long transitions between cities on average take about a day, the longest transition from Copenhagen to Stockholm, its duration is almost two days.
Competitions are held on the same (monotypic) sport sailing yachts of the Club Swan 50 class. There are 10 athletes in a crew of one boat, at each stage they can be joined by 2 guests or 2 media representatives.
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