Among a total fleet of 248 starters in Sweden's famous ÅF Offshore Race, it was a
spectacular Stockholm city send-off for the five crews embarking on Leg 3 of the Nord Stream Race to Helsinki...
Stockholm, 01 July 2018 – Finland won the start of Leg 3 of the Nord Stream Race as the fleet of five ClubSwan 50s joined in the massed start out of Stockholm city centre for the ÅF Offshore Race. While the local Swedish fleet were headed for a race around the island of Gotland, for the Nord Stream Race fleet the next destination is Helsinki, Finland's beautiful capital city.
However, the route between Swedish and Finnish waters is blocked by the prospect of strong, northerly winds and a fierce Baltic Sea. The five crews have scarcely had time to lick their wounds or catch up on sleep since a bruising battle to Stockholm less than 48 hours ago. Some of the crews encountered gale-force northerly winds that battered boats and sailors, and the prospect of heading out into similar conditions is daunting, especially those unfortunate few who are prone to seasickness. However, they will be better prepared this time.