Meanwhile, the Nord Stream Race is happy to welcome everybody to its stand in Kiel-Schilksee during the whole period of Kieler Woche, which takes place from 16 to 24 June. The sailors are loving being part of Kiel Week, which every June attracts around 4,000 sailors from around 60 different nations. Onshore, Kiel Week is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. It is a huge party and also one of the most important and certainly the biggest sailing regattas in the world.
Today the teams are enjoying a brief moment to recover before they take part in three days of competition at Kiel Cup as Baltic Pre-Worlds where they will be racing against 31 very competitive ORC boats. This is where things start to get serious because the results from the Kiel Cup will count towards the inshore ranking for the scoring in the Nord Stream Race. There is nothing like some short course racing against a big fleet to sharpen your boat handling skills, although the Nord Stream Race itself is another challenge altogether.
However, it's not all hard work for the crews. There's a Crew Party this evening before the three days of racing. Then a couple of days to rest up and make any repairs before the NSR Opening Ceremony on 23 June. Finally, at 15:00hrs on 24 June, the start gun fires for the Nord Stream Race in the city centre of Kiel and the fleet will launch towards their first destination, Denmark's beautiful capital city, 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.
Find the results of Welcome Race here