This small Danish sailing club from the port of Frederikshavn in the north-east of the Scandinavian country has shot to success in the Danish Sailing League. After qualifying for the competition in the fall of 2014, Frederikshavn Sejlklub made an immediate impression in their debut season and even won one of the events. The very next year the team triumphed at the 2016 Danish championship. The sailors from Frederikshavn beat all the other top teams in Denmark, notably the champions from the previous 2 years: Skovshoved (Skovshoved Sejlklub) and Hellerup (Elvström Club).
"Our sailors have been accustomed to sailing regattas for many years," says Team manager Rasmus Melsen. "Now we must prove ourselves over the long term. It is a challenge that we are very happy to accept. "For the Nord Stream Race, he will focus on his core team, which has both inshore and offshore experience.
The Danish sailors from the far north have one clear advantage: they regularly train on the Kattegat – the western part of the Baltic Sea between Denmark and Sweden – and are very familiar with the changeable and occasionally stormy conditions on the Baltic Sea.
Who is in the team?
The core team will consist of the five sailors who won the Danish Sailing League last year, along with some experienced big boat sailors from the club.
Are the participants internally selected?
The team places are allotted to the sailors who have managed to qualify the Nord Stream Race.
How do the sailors prepare for the race?
With video analysis and joint training sessions on big yachts.
What is the special attraction of the race?
For the small sailing club the participation in the long distance race is the chance to compete with international top teams and make new connections.
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