In 2018, Gazprom and Nord Stream AG will continue its broad support to the sport of sailing. Apart from the regular Baltic offshore Nord Stream Race, the companies will again join forces with the National sailing leagues of Russia and five Northern European countries. As in 2017, the National sailing leagues’ new season will serve as qualifier of the Nord Stream Race. By that the winners of the National sailing leagues will represent their respective countries in the Baltic offshore classic.
From 2012 the Nord Stream Race unites Russia and Germany and the race route follows the pipeline that had given its name to the regatta. From 2017 the classic offshore expanded to include stopovers in key Nord Stream pipeline countries: Denmark, Sweden and Finland on its way from start in Kiel and to finish line in St.Petersburg. In the Nord Stream Race 2018 the winners of 2017 National sailing leagues will represent their countries. Russia will be again represented by Lord of the sail yacht club from Ekaterinburg.
In 2018 Russian National sailing league will consist of 6 acts and 27 crews have entered encompassing dozens of yacht clubs from Vladivostok to St.Petersburg. The acts geography is also national wide. Sochi, Gelendzhik, Konakovo, St.Petersburg, Vladivostok and Sevastopol will host the Russian National sailing league’s events. The season begins on 22nd March in Sochi.
Nord Stream Race
The Baltic offshore regatta held annually from 2012. Organized by St.Petersburg Yacht Club the race’s 1000 mile route follows the Nord Stream pipeline after which the race is named. Under the motto “Connecting Baltics through Sport” Nord Stream Race starts in Germany and finishes in Russia with stopovers in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The regatta fleet comprised of brand new Club Swan 50 class boats. Nord Stream Race 2018 starts on 24th June in Kiel and finishes on 5th July in St.Ptersburg. Stopover schedules: 25th June – Copenhagen, 29th June – Stockholm, 2nd July – Helsinki. More info here.
Saint Petersburg Yacht Club:
Established in 2007 St. Petersburg Yacht Club focuses on all-round development of sailing in Russia. The Club’s activities cover both competitions and training programmes for sailors of different ages. St. Petersburg Yacht Club has an active event calendar throughout the year across national and international events for youth, Olympic and professional sailors. Key goals are to raise the profile of sailing to the highest level within Russia and to represent the country at major regattas worldwide.
Gazprom is a global energy company focused on 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 holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves. The Company’s share in the global and Russian gas reserves amounts to 17 and 72 per cent respectively. Gazprom accounts for 11 and 66 per cent 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.
Nord Stream AG
Based in Switzerland, Nord Stream AG is an international consortium of five major companies established in 2005 for the planning, construction and subsequent operation of two 1,224-kilometre natural gas pipelines through the Baltic Sea.
The majority shareholder OAO Gazprom holds a 51 percent stake in the pipeline project. Leading German energy companies Wintershall Holding GmbH and PEGI/E.ON hold 15.5 percent each, and the Dutch natural gas infrastructure company N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, along with the leading French energy provider ENGIE, each hold a 9 percent stake. The combined experience of these companies ensures the best technology, safety and corporate governance for the Nord Stream project, which aims to provide a secure energy supply for Europe.
The twin pipelines, which have been operational since 2011 and 2012 respectively, have the capacity to transport a combined total of about 55 bcm of gas a year – that's enough to satisfy the energy demand of more than 26 million European households. Nord Stream has designed the pipelines to operate for at least 50 years.
Russian National sailing league
The largest project of the Russian Yachting Federation the National sailing league aims to promote yachting, supports yacht clubs development and unity. National sailing league movement gains momentum in Europe and Russia has joined the trend in 2014 when the National sailing league test event was held in October. In 2015 the National sailing league had 4 acts, in 2016 already 6 and 8 acts in 2017 season. In 2018 the National sailing league will comprise two divisions – Higher and Premier with 27 and 24 teams’ enrollment respectively. Each division will have 6 acts.