The skippers were unanimous in accepting the wisdom of Reinke's change of plan. Swedish skipper of Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, Jim Rotsman, commented: "We would have been sitting a long time within sight of Copenhagen if we had to tried to start here this morning. I think this new approach is good. We'll still have a very good race to Stockholm."
With eight new crew members on board including Rotsman himself, the Swedes will need to get to grips with the ClubSwan 50 quickly. Yesterday's three Inshore Races near Copenhagen city centre were challenging for all the teams but for the Swedes in particular. "We had a lot to learn and almost no time to practise beforehand," said Rotsman. "By the third race we were finding our rhythm and enjoying ourselves a lot. The ClubSwan 50 is a great boat."
The breeze blew up to 16 knots for the three short, sharp races which really tested the boathandling. No one dominated the inshore competition, with Finland, Denmark and Russia all winning a race. However, the Russians were the most consistent and won the inshore series, a perfect 50th birthday present for Maksim Taranov, skipper of Lord of the Sail - Asia.
As the fleet were about to motor out of Copenhagen this morning, skipper of Danish team Frederikshavn Sejlklub, Kris Houmann, was proud of the reception that Denmark's beautiful capital city and the Royal Danish Yacht Club had laid on for the Nord Stream Race. "It's always great to be here, especially downtown with the boats right in the city centre; wonderful weather, friendly people, what more can you ask!"