It has been a patience-testing time for the sailors and the race officer as the Nord Stream Race fleet waits for the weather to deal them a better hand for Leg 2 to Stockholm, but now at least the fleet is under way...
Stockholm/Öland, 28 June 2018 – Leg 2 of the Nord Stream Race is finally underway after a delay of more than 24 hours due to a lack of breeze over the south of Sweden.
At least some light winds arrived and the five ClubSwan 50s got away from the start line at the southern tip of Öland, Sweden's second biggest island, at 13:00hrs. It has been a frustrating time for the crews who had to motor out of Copenhagen on Wednesday morning and spent the day making their way leisurely to the new starting area.
At 211 miles, the shortened course is approximately half of the original scheduled leg from Copenhagen to Stockholm. But with a busy schedule to maintain on this stage race, including taking part in the ÅF Inshore Race in Stockholm this Saturday and the start of the 300-boat ÅF Offshore Race on Sunday, principal race officer Eckart Reinke was forced to make a decision to keep the race rolling.