Team Russia Wins Third Offshore Leg to Helsinki
After 200 nautical miles from Stockholm to Helsinki, the Russian team from St. Petersburg Yacht Club wins the third leg of the Nord Stream Race with a 15-minute lead over the Finnish team and moves up to second place in the overall ranking behind the Finns of Esbo Segelförening.

The three teams still competing in the race – after the collision of the Danes and Swedes before the start of the third leg – stayed within sight of each other for the entire race and had close fights for positions. The Russians sailed with gennaker for about 30 minutes longer than the Finns and gained the lead, which they kept until the finish.
After two light-wind legs, the sailors were happy about up to 25 knots of wind and surfing waves with up to 20 knots of speed across the Baltic Sea. It took the three teams one day to arrive in Helsinki.

How close the race was, is shown by the time difference between the first and the third boat of only 30 minutes. The third-placed Germans from Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee could also have been in contention for victory, but a bad gennaker manoeuvre during the night dropped them to the back of the field.

Photos: Marina Semenova

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