A little bit more than a week is left before the start of the new season of the largest Baltic offshore regatta NORD STREAM RACE. This season, the regatta has undergone many changes: new fleet, more interesting route, and new participants. The team LORD OF SAIL from Yekaterinburg will represent Russia.
The Nord Stream Race, taking its name from the pipeline, which connected Russia and Europe in 2012, has expanded its geography in the new season and comprised five countries. After the start in the German city of Kiel on the 25th of August, the regatta’s fleet will visit Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, and will finish in Saint Petersburg on the 6th of September. World-known yacht clubs will host the participants in succession: Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Kiel, Germany), Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (Copenhagen, Denmark), Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet (Stockholm, Sweden), Helsingfors Segelklubb (Helsinki, Finland), and Saint Petersburg Yacht Club (Russia).
A distinctive feature of the 2017 Nord Stream Race will be its entry list. The Baltic Sea challenge will be taken by five teams, formed by the yacht clubs that won in the National Sailing Leagues of their countries. These are Deutscher Touring Yacht Club (Germany), Frederikshavn Sejlklub (Denmark), Cape Crow Yacht Club (Sweden), Nyländska Jaktklubben (Finland) and Lords of Sail – Europe (Yekaterinburg, Russia). Saint Petersburg Yacht Club provides the participants with the yachts of the new Club Swan 50 class, produced by the world-known Finnish shipyard Nautor’s Swan. It’s interesting to note that the 2017 Nord Stream Race will be the first regatta, where the yachts of this monotype class will compete between each other in the open sea.
In the international fleet, Russia will be represented by the team that won the 2016 National Sailing League. It is LORD OF SAIL – EUROPE with Maksim Taranov as a leader and Eduard Podshivalov as a navigator of the team. “We are actively preparing for the competitions, the crew participated in the qualifying phase of the European Sailing League and National League right before the start of the competitions, - Maksim Taranov says. - The members of our crew also participated in Fastnet, Sydnbey-Hobart and other open sea races. I admit, we lack the experience of racing in the Baltic Sea, because we represent the Urals, but we hope that our mastership will compensate for it!”
The Russians are going to face tough competition. There are two participants of the Volvo Ocean Race in the Finnish crew; the Danish crew from Frederikshavn has recently become the winner of the event of the European Sailing League in Saint Petersburg. The German team of Deutscher Touring Yacht Club mainly consists of young sportsmen, but they have already become the winners of the European League and, moreover, they hold national and international titles in different sport-boat classes. The team of Swedish Cape Crow Yacht Club is also young, which is not surprising, as the yacht club itself has just recently appeared on the sailing map of Europe. However, the sportsmen of the club have already participated in the largest international series of sailing races. It is interesting to note that among the members of the Finnish and German teams there are people, who have already participated in the previous seasons of the Nord Stream.
According to the Statute of Regatta, the 2017 Nord Stream Race foresees both open sea races and short course races in the cities, hosting the competitions. Consequently, there will be several rankings. The winner of the offshore races will receive a cherished silver cup of Nord Stream Race. The teams with the best results in short course races and overall standing will be awarded with the prizes, too.
To get more detailed information about the regatta and its program, please visit the official web-page http://nord-stream-race.com
Partners of regatta:
PJSC Gazprom is a global energy company. The main areas of focus are geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, sales of gas as a vehicle fuel, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power. Gazprom views its mission as ensuring a reliable, efficient and balanced supply of natural gas, other energy resources and their derivatives to consumers. Gazprom holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves. The Company’s share in the global and Russian gas reserves amounts to 17% and 72% respectively. Gazprom accounts for 12% and 69% of the global and national gas output correspondingly. At present, the Company is actively implementing large-scale gas development projects in the Yamal Peninsula, the Arctic shelf, Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, as well as a number of hydrocarbon exploration and production projects abroad. Gazprom is a reliable supplier of gas to Russian and foreign consumers. The Company owns the world’s largest gas transmission system with a total length of 170.7 thousand kilometers. Gazprom sells more than half of its gas to Russian consumers and exports gas to more than 30 countries within and beyond the former Soviet Union.
Nord Stream AG is an international joint venture, established for the planning, construction and subsequent operation of the gas pipeline, consisting of two strings and going at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Russian company PJSC Gazprom holds 51% of the shares of the joint venture. The German companies BASF SE/Wintershall Holding GmbH and PEG Infrastruktur AG (subsidiary of PEGI/E.ON) hold 15.5% each, and the Dutch natural gas infrastructure company N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, along with the leading French energy provider ENGIE, hold a 9% stake each. The headquarters and operational center of Nord Stream are located in Zug, Switzerland. Two strings of Nord Stream pipeline, going at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, have the capacity to transport 55 BCM of Russian gas to European Union a year for minimum 50 years. Both strings with the length of 1 224 km go parallel to each other from Portovaya Bay on the Russian coast of the Baltic Sea to the city of Lubmin in Germany. Each string consists of approximately 100 000 concrete-coated steel pipes with the weight of approximately 24 tons each that are laid at the bottom of the sea along a precise route, approved by the authorities of five countries, which waters the pipeline is going through. The construction of the first Nord Stream pipeline started in April 2010, both strings were completely constructed and put into operation in October 2012 according to the schedule and in compliance with the budget.
The organizers of regatta:
Saint Petersburg regional sports non-governmental organization “Saint Petersburg Yacht Club” was established in 2007. The main goal is to preserve the principals of nautical ethics on land and sea, to develop sailing sport and encourage people to sail. The philosophy of the Yacht Club is based on the necessity not only to keep the heritage of nautical culture and naval history of Russia and the world, but also to pass it to the next generations.