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Nord Stream In Full Steam On The Baltic

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    Russians and Danes neck and neck in the Nord Stream Race
    The Russian Team have won the 180-mile offshore leg of the Nord Stream Race from Stockholm to Helsinki. They hold a small lead over the Danes who are in hot pursuit on the leaderboard.

    Helsinki, 01 July 2019 - The offshore races in this year's Nord Stream Race are proving to be very exciting. Every team sails the same type of boat, a ClubSwan 50. Every team is faced with the same conditions in this "Connecting Baltics through Sport" race from Kiel to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The format offers a taste of what is to come in the 2024 Olympic Games, when the mixed-offshore keelboat event will take place for the first time.

    Mikhail Sheremetev, skipper of the Leviathan Sailing Team Russia, commented on the third leg: "When we passed Sandhamn and sailed into the Baltic Sea, we accelerated away with the gennaker. It was a very enjoyable and exciting leg." Russia's closest rival, the Danish team, was defeated by a tactical mistake at the start of the race. Peter Warrer from the Danish team commented: "Our navigation before nightfall proved to be incorrect. The Russians sailed very well. They had a speed advantage on us when we were sailing through 25 knots in big waves."

    Tuesday will see the Inshore Races take place on the waters in front of Helsinki. The Danes have proved to be strong opponents in the Inshore Races and could still achieve overall victory if they do everything right on the final offshore leg to St. Petersburg.

    The Nord Stream Race travels through the Baltic Sea along the route of the "Nord Stream" underwater gas pipeline and has a mission to connect the neighbouring countries and their people. In every harbour where the five regatta teams stop with their sleek racing yachts, sporting and cultural events take place.

    Since its inception in 2012, the Nord Stream Race has been hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club with the support of Gazprom and Nord Stream AG. At 1,000 nautical miles and following the route of the Nord Stream Pipeline, this has become established as the most demanding and prestigious offshore race in the Baltic region.


    Girl Power inspires Swedes to victory
    The Swedish Team was first to cross the finish line on the second leg of the Nord Stream Race. There were two powerful women behind the victory: Sandra Sandqvist and Cecilia Jansson.

    Stockholm, 29 June 2019 – The skipper of the Swedish Team Christian Harding – also skipper last year – decided to go for a young crew, including women, on board this year. "For me Nord Stream Race is something of a light version of the Volvo Ocean Race but sailed in the Baltic Sea. It is sailed on a very high level. I am grateful that the idea of sailing with a younger mixed crew, and that this race is to be seen as an important part of the education and team building for young people."

    Sandra Sandqvist and Cecilia Jansson have proved that this idea was awesome and that even high demands on board are no problem: "Leg 2 was a nerve wrecker, plenty of wind holes and "restarts". But once we headed north we got really stoked to go for a sauna in Sandhamn and found an extra gear and managed to pull away", reported Sandra Sandqvist on her way from the finish line located by island Godland to Stockholm, Skeppsholmen.

    The five teams, who qualified for the Nord Stream Race by winning the Sailing Leagues in their home countries, will be ashore Friday to Sunday in the middle of the city Stockholm. Nord Stream Race connects different sports in Stockholm. During the stopover they will race each other in a series of In Port Races on Saturday – each boat with a sports star in the crew, one of them the skier and Olympic gold winner André Myhrer.

    Elena Solovyeva, Head of Projects St. Petersburg Yacht Club was also very happy with the girls power on the leg from Copenhagen to Stockholm: "The Nord Stream Race has so many facets. From the beauty of the Baltic Sea to the very high performance of the teams. So far we see a perfect example of the sailing connecting sports, people and culture. And the sun always shines."

    Finishing second after the Swedish boat on the second leg was the German team, followed by the Russian, Danish and the Finnish team. The Swedish crew now holds the overall lead.

    Team Denmark
    Kongelig Danks Yachtclub

    Team Germany
    Norddeutscher Regatta Verein

    Team Finland
    Åländska Segelsällskapet

    Team Sweden
    Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet sedan

    Team Russia
    Leviathan Sailing Team

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    The longest offshore race through the Baltic Sea - the Nord Stream Race has been organized by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club along with support from Gazprom since the first edition in 2012. The Nord Stream Race motto is "Connecting Baltics through Sport".

    Sport-based association is the main mission, the main idea of birth and development of Nord Stream Race. The implementation of this mission is one of the main goals throughout the existence of the regatta.

    The 2019 edition of Nord Stream Race will be take place from June 23 to July 4.

    The 1,000 nautical miles of the Nord Stream Race from Kiel to St. Petersburg is probably the biggest challenge for a sailor on the Baltic Sea. This year's regatta is the eighth edition of the race. For the third time in a row, the race will run from Kiel via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki to St. Petersburg.

    When St. Petersburg Yacht Club (SPYC) held the regatta for the first time in 2012, a fixed route had not yet been established. The only thing that was certain was that it would sail along the Nord Stream gas pipeline that gives the race its name. In the first few years, sailing alternated from St. Petersburg to various German cities and vice versa, with changing stopovers, once, in 2015, even without any stopover at all. Since the first edition, 13 different nations – including China,Turkey and Great Britain – have accepted the SPYC's invitation to take part in the Nord Stream Race.

    In 2017 the offshore one-design race was given a facelift. The race changed from using the Swan 60 cruiser to the sportier Club Swan50 racer. The invitation race turned into a regatta with a clear qualification mode to make sure that the best team of each country participates: the winners of the respective previous year´s National Sailing Leagues of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany would be eligible for the race. Therefore, the geography of Nord Stream Race has expanded, and the audience has increased.

    The record winner of the regatta is Russia. In 2018 the club "Lord of the Sail - Asia" from Ekaterinburg won a third title for the Russians.
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