An idea becomes a tradition: The 8th edition of the Nord Stream Race will take place from 22 June to 5 July 2019. Under the motto "Connecting Baltics through Sport", the race starts in Kiel and travels more than 1,000 nautical miles via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki to its final destination in St. Petersburg. On the start line will be the best sailing clubs of five Baltic countries - Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia - which have earned the right to compete after winning their national sailing leagues in 2018. The sailors from five countries will visit five beautiful cities over 14 days of racing in a fleet of identical one-design 50 feet racing yachts.
"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. The cooperation with the National Sailing Leagues provides the Nord Stream Race with an integrated approach that spans the whole year and never stops."
Defending champion Lord of the Sail Asia from Russia was unable to qualify again. Instead, the Russians will be represented for the first time by the club Leviathan Sailing Team. Denmark also sends a Nord Stream Race newcomer with Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub.