The theme of "Connecting Baltics through Sport" will be broadened this year to other areas like food, art and other sports in each of the host cities' harbours, with St. Petersburg Yacht Club being the main organizer of the Nord Stream Race and general partner Gazprom and partner Nord Stream AG supporting the race. "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,"
commented the Commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Vladimir Liubomirov.
The clubs arrive in Kiel on Wednesday, the 19th
of June to start preparing for the 1,000 nautical mile challenge across the Baltic Sea. Ten crew members on each boat will handle the ClubSwan 50 racing yachts on four offshore legs in between the stopover cities.
The five clubs of the Nord Stream Race are joining with hundreds of other boats in the "Welcome Race", the official opening race of Kiel Week. On Saturday, the 22ndof June, there will be inshore races before the five crews set out to Copenhagen, the first leg's destination. These races will be broadcasted live on YouTube.
On Saturday evening the participants of the Nord Stream Race will meet again for a celebratory gala dinner, which former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his wife will also attend before he fires the official starting signal for the eighth edition of Nord Stream Race on Sunday 23 June at 16:00hrs in the Kiel Inner Fjord.
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.
The organisers want to attract more spectators to the race. Therefore, the fleet will take part in the offshore and inshore races during Kiel Week. The first offshore leg of Nord Stream Race to Copenhagen starts the race 2018 on 24th June, the final day of Kiel Week.
At the stopover in Stockholm, the Nord Stream Race will be in Sweden's capital simultaneously to the ÅF Offshore Race round Gotland. The launch of the two offshore regattas is planned for 1st July. The Swedish competitor, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet (KSSS), is hosting the stopover in Stockholm for the second consecutive time.