Today, on the 2nd of July, at 15.22, the third leg Stockholm-Helsinki of the largest Baltic offshore race - Nord Stream Race - ended with a sensational victory of the Danish team. Having lost 6 minutes to the leaders, the Finnish team entered their home water area, and the Russians, being leaders at the start of the leg, came third to Helsinki 1.5 minutes behind the Finns.
As it is known, in sailing regattas, victories are cast on the shore. Right now, Nord Stream Race is in full play and the regatta’s tight schedule requires that the participants not only race perfectly in the sea, but also plan their leisure and preparation precisely.
Though the second leg of Nord Stream Race, connecting Copenhagen and Stockholm, was shortened by half, it turned out to be a serious test for the whole fleet. The storm near the Swedish capital knocked the fleet pretty well. Crews had to pay much attention to the equipment and people got extremely tired. However, on the next day after the finish of the second leg, there was a long inshore race with the fleet of ÅF Inshore Race, and the third leg started in the morning of the 1st of July. It’s easy to imagine how badly worn-out the participants were, when they went to the sea.
Exiting Stockholm, the fleet had a real navigation test. The participants past 13 signs in the unstable wind before leaving the archipelago near the Swedish capital and going to the open sea. The Baltic Sea greeted five teams of Nord Stream Race with refreshing winds. The speed of the boats was more than 10 knots.
After a good start, the Russian team was the leader of the fleet, but it didn’t manage to get far away from a tight group of followers. It's interesting that the fleet was going in permanent visual contact with each other at the distance, which only increased the tension. Each team took on the role of a leader, but the final part of the distance decided the race, when the participants turned to the North to the Finnish skerries.
The Russians were the first to turn in the direction of the sign, but didn't manage to get to the sign on the first attempt and had to make an additional maneuver. That was exactly the moment when the Danes and the Finns outperformed them. Then the fleet lined-up and there were no chances to outrun the leaders.
“The breakdown of the pomp in the bow of the boat reminded of itself, - the second helmsman of the Russian team Vyacheslav Ermolenko says. – We collected again a ton of water in the bow and let two boats outrace us at the end of the race. Not to lose even to Germans, we had to bail out the water from the anchor space. The team has a combative mood, perfect mutual understanding, and we also have good speed. We decided not to be too much disappointed about that situation. We still have the first place in the inshore and offshore races. We hope that the organizers will have enough time to replace the pomp. We will keep fighting. We only have to race well in the inshore races here in Helsinki and on the fourth leg to Saint Petersburg. We thank our fans for their support”.
The victory of the Danish team, representing Frederikshavn Sejlklub, looks phenomenal. After all the misfortune that had been following the team of Frederikshavn throughout the whole 2017 season and partially 2018, the Danes finally proved that they could fight with the competitors head-to-head. Finish in top three on the first leg Kiel-Copenhagen and the victory on the third leg raised the Danish team to the third place in the overall ranking of Nord Stream Race and in the ranking of the open sea races.
“I think, our boat had a very good speed and we worked well together, - the helmsman of the Danish team Kris Houmann says. – And our strategy also worked out. When we left Stockholm, we knew that the wind would change. So, we were going behind the leader at the beginning, and then we managed to pick up the speed and outrace the others.”
The team of Finland is also learning to manage the boat gradually. “The race was great, - the navigator of the Finnish team Henrik Lundberg says. – Especially its first part, when we were going along the archipelago: small islands and narrow passes, then we went well on one gall only for a long time. We know all the winds here, these are our “home” waters. The team consists of the yachtsmen from one yacht club of the Aland Islands. There are experienced and young sailors in our crew, so that the first can share their experience and the second can take it quickly”.
As for the Russian team “Lord of the Sail – Asia”, Sergey Musikhin’s crew keeps its leadership in all the rankings of Nord Stream Race 2018, though it’s too early to speak about ahead-of-time victory. Taking into account the scores, that teams can get during the inshore races in Helsinki and in the sprint race in Saint Petersburg, the Danes and the Germans can outperform the Russian team.
According to the program of Nord Stream Race, the inshore races will take place on the 3rd of July in Helsinki, and the final forth leg of the regatta will start at 14.00 on the next day.
You can find current results and fleet tracker in a dedicated section of the official web-page of the regatta: http://nord-stream-race.com/live
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. The regatta’s fleet consists of Swan 50 yachts. Nord Stream Race 2018 is planned to start on the 24nd of June in Germany, and the fleet is expected to come to Saint Petersburg on the 5th of July. The dates of the fleet’s stopovers are: Copenhagen – June 25, Stockholm – June 29, Helsinki – July 2.
Saint Petersburg regional sports non-governmental organization “Saint Petersburg Yacht Club” was established in 2007. The main goal is to keep 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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