At the start of the Nord Stream Race at Kiel Week, the German team welcomed former Chancellor Schröder on board their race boat. Together with his wife Schröder-Kim, he experienced the intensity and excitement of racing on board a yacht.
The German sailing team was blessed with the most high profile of VIP guests today at the start of the Nord Stream Race from Kiel via Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki to St. Petersburg. The first race took place in bright sunshine over the Kiel Fjord with the former captain of the German state. "I could see that sailing is all about teamwork, and everyone had to be coordinated with each other. The sailing was a really nice experience," said Gerhard Schröder.
The winner of the first day was the Swedish Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet. In second place overall was the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany followed by the Russian Leviathan Sailing Team. In fourth place was the Finnish Åländska Segelsällskapet followed by the Danish Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub.
This evening Schröder and his wife Soyeon Schröder-Kim are attending the NSR Opening ceremony and prizegiving at the gala reception at the Hotel Kieler Kaufmann. On Sunday, June 23rd the former Chancellor will officially launch the Nord Stream Race for the first leg to Copenhagen.
Since its inception in 2012, the Nord Stream Race has been organised by the Saint 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.