Kiel, 6th September 2021 – On Monday afternoon, the five teams of the Nord Stream Race started their first leg from Kiel to Copenhagen. This marked the end of the crews' inaugural event as part of Kiel Week. On Saturday and Sunday, the teams competed against each other for the first time in Inshore Races on the Kiel Fjord. The narrow winner before the departure to Copenhagen was the Russian team from St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
In Kiel, crews sailed in late summer conditions in four inshore races for the first prize for the best team in Kiel. With two races won, the Russian team won ahead of the tied Danes from Aarhus Sejlklub. Third place went to the Finns from Esbo Segelförening. The German team from the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee brought up the rear in this first decision. "These were exciting and very close races on the Kiel Fjord. It was a successful start for this unique regatta across the Baltic Sea.
We have seen a very high sporting level, with impressive team spirit. I am looking forward to the coming days and wish all teams good luck," commented Alexey Zaytsev, Managing Director of Nord Stream AG, that supports the regatta along the pipeline together with Gazprom.
With the starting signal in front of the Kiel Yacht Club, Alexey Zaytsev sent the five teams on the longest offshore regatta in the Baltic Sea with stop-overs in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki on their way to Russia. Ahead of them are 150 nautical miles with initially only light winds. Under these challenging conditions, the race to Copenhagen is expected to last 30 hours.
The atmosphere on the 15-meter ClubSwan 50 racing yachts is excellent. After the Nord Stream Race had to be cancelled last year due to Corona, all participants are highly motivated. A special feature of the ninth edition of this race through the Baltic Sea is the low average age: 60% of the sailors are under 30. This is unusual in offshore sailing, the youngest participant is even only 17 years old. And there is another special feature of the first leg.
Four women, two with the Swedes and two with the Finns, are on the first leg. „This is my first offshore race ever. But we know where the finish line is and we are a great, diverse team also with very experienced sailors. I look forward to the great challenges of the next two weeks with joyful anticipation and a lot of respect," said Rebecca Netzler, tactician on the Swedish boat. In the next two weeks, the sailors face exhausting days.
With the beginning of autumn, the Baltic Sea can show its uncomfortable side. Then physical and mental high performances are demanded. The Nord Stream Race promises to be a highlight of the 2021 sailing season.
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Managing Director of Nord Stream AG Alexey Zaytsev
“Nord Stream Race is much more than just a competition. The regatta unites the sport, culture, and business of five countries: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The events, taking place during the race, have already become the meeting points for businessmen, politicians and people in the public eye.”
Commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Vladimir Liubomirov
"We are happy to see that Nord Stream Race has become a well-established event in the Baltic Sea," commented the Commodore of the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, Vladimir Liubomirov. "By connecting five countries with one race and one trophy we are reaching out to local communities, creating a greater connection between these countries than ever before. This is the direction we shall continue to follow."
About Nord Stream Race:
The Baltic offshore regatta Nord Stream Race has been held by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club with the support of Gazprom and Nord Stream AG since 2012. The 1,000 nautical mile race connects Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark and follows the pipeline that gives the race its name.
Further information: www.nord-stream-race.com
About Saint Petersburg Yacht Club:
The regional public sport organisation Saint Petersburg Yacht Club was established in 2007. Its main mission is to maintain the ideals of maritime culture on land and on sea and to develop nautical sports, as well as to grow enthusiasm for sailing. The Yacht Club’s philosophy is based not only on necessity to preserve, but also on a commitment to transfer to future generations the Russian nautical cultural heritage, along with Russian and world maritime history.
Further information: www.yacht-club-spb.com
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 views its mission as ensuring a reliable, efficient and balanced supply of natural gas, other energy resources and their derivatives to consumers. Gazprom’s strategic goal is to strengthen its leading position among global energy companies by diversifying sales markets, ensuring energy security and sustainable development, improving operating efficiency and fulfilling its scientific and technical potential.
Further information: www.gazprom.com
About Nord Stream AG:
Nord Stream AG, the operator of the twin offshore gas pipelines “Nord Stream”, is an international joint venture of Gazprom, Wintershall Dea, E.ON, Gasunie and Engie groups. Nord Stream’s head office and control centre are located in Zug, Switzerland.
Nord Stream’s natural gas pipelines run in parallel through the Baltic Sea for 1,224 kilometres from Portovaya Bay, near Vyborg on the Russian coast to Lubmin, Germany. They are the shortest connection between the vast Russian natural gas reserves and the energy markets of the European Union.
The Nord Stream Pipeline was constructed in accordance with the most stringent industry standards and environmental requirements for offshore pipelines. Safety and reliability take the highest priority for operation and maintenance.
Further information: www.nord-stream.com