The Nord Stream Race is becoming more and more attractive even for top sailors. Now the first Olympic Champion and Volvo Ocean Race participant has already announced his participation for this year regatta.
Thomas Johansson will start for the Finnish team from Åländska Segelsällskapet in the Nord Stream Race, which takes off in Kiel on 23 June and leads over 1,000 nautical miles to St. Petersburg. The team from the winner of the Finnish National Sailing League announced this today. Johansson, 49-years old, will support the team on the stage from Stockholm to Helsinki.
Johansson won the gold medal in the 49er class at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney together with his crew Jyrki Järvi. He also took part in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008/2009 and finished in 4thplace.
Until 31 March, the five clubs have to nominate their teams. The participanting clubs are Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Germany), Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (Denmark), Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet (Sweden), Åländska Segelsällskapet (Finland) and Leviathan Sailing Team (Russia).