17 hours in the cold and severe Baltic Sea and minimal margins at the finish! Leg 1 of the Baltic open sea regatta Nord Stream Race 2018 has finished today in Copenhagen. The sportsmen left the German city of Kiel at the time, when the largest-scale yachting festival – the Kiel Week – was coming to its end. The battle started immediately, the Swedes took a good start.
“It was a fantastic race, – helmsman of the Swedish team Christian Harding says. – We had a very good start thanks to a great job of the tactician and navigator. Unfortunately, we got to the calm sea in the middle of the race and lost our position, but finally we managed to get lucky and finish second. We tried to support each other, made some jokes and kept high spirits. I think it helped us carry on and not give up ahead of time”.
The yachts were going very close to each other all night long, they changed places and the Russian boat managed to pull away a bit from the competitors by morning.
“We didn’t have a great start, we were the third during the first 20 miles, - trimmer and second helmsman of the Russian team Vyacheslav Ermolenko says. – Then we picked up the speed in the right way, reached the leaders and pulled away from the main fleet by more than one mile. The fleet separated before the sunset and we couldn’t move fast in the calm wind, and the Danes and Germans came closer to us. We had a duel with the Danes and we were going for approximately 30 miles next to each other. Only at the sunrise, when we were rounding the foreland, we managed to pull away from them and then we were only increasing the margin. So, finally we brought more than 1.5 kilometers to the finish”.
The finish of the race turned out to be very fast. The team of Ekaterinburg finished first with 15-minute margin, and then three teams with the margins of 30 seconds. Taking into account the length of the distance, it’s just an amazing result. Russia first, Sweden second, Denmark third, Germany fourth, Finland has the fifth place.
Taking into account the minimal margins, the German team appeared to be the most upset. “The race was great and we really enjoyed it, – helmsman of the German team Erik Horsch says. – We had a good teamwork, especially at night and yesterday evening. We finished fourth, unfortunately, though the margin from the second and third places is minimal. We will rest in Copenhagen to mobilize our energy and demonstrate better result in the inshore races and at Leg 2 Copenhagen – Stockholm.”
The teams have rest today. They will have inshore races right in front of the Royal Palace and the famous Opera Theatre of Copenhagen tomorrow. You can check the results and tracking of the teams at the regatta’s official web-page.
We would like to remind you that the winners of the National Sailing Leagues of the Baltic countries – Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Russia are participating in the seventh offshore regatta Nord Stream Race from the 24th of June to the 6th of July. The races will be held on the monotype (same) 50-feet sailing yachts. The regatta starts in the German city of Kiel during the largest-scale yachting festival –The Kiel Week. In Stockholm, the participants will join the famous race around the Gotland Island. Saint Petersburg will host the regatta’s finish.
Nord Stream Race was created in 2012 by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club with the support of Gazprom Company and Nord Stream AG. Today it unites five Baltic countries, and the route of the regatta follows the pipeline, which gave the regatta its name. The participants of the seventh season of Nord Stream Race were the teams of the yacht clubs from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, which had won in the national sailing leagues of their countries. And particularly:
The Baltic offshore regatta Nord Stream Race has been organized by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club with the support of Gazprom Company and Nord Stream AG since 2012. The regatta with the distance of 1000 miles follows the route of Nord Stream pipeline and unites the following Baltic countries: Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.
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 to preserve the heritage of nautical culture and naval history of Russia and the world and pass it over to the next generations.
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 11% and 66% of the global and national gas output correspondingly.
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 headquarters and operational center of Nord Stream are located in Zug, Switzerland.
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