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The Swedes Win Longest Offshore Leg to Stockholm
On the second offshore leg of the Nord Stream Race, 420 nautical miles from Copenhagen to Stockholm, the Swedes took a home victory ahead of the Danes. At the halfway point of the Nord Stream Race, the Danish team from Aarhus Sejlklub has taken the lead in the overall offshore standings thanks to two second places.

After 56 hours of racing and 420 nautical miles (almost 800km), the Swedish team from Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet crossed the finish line close to their home port in first place, ahead of the Danes from Aarhus Sejlklub and the Germans from Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, their best result so far. Fourth place went to the Finns from Esbo Segelförening, ahead of the Russian team from St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The second offshore leg in the Nord Stream Race, which runs from Kiel via Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki to Russia, was a very challenging contest. There were big holes in the patchy wind on the Baltic. The five teams often found themselves sailing close together and much of the time within sight of each other.

Initially, the Danes took the lead at the start of the second offshore leg in their home waters and were able to defend it comfortable until just before the finish line when they passed the wrong side of the final navigation. The course correction costed the Danes the lead, the Swedes seized their chance and were the first to pull away to the finish. "It feels great for us to win the leg to Stockholm,” said the Swedish skipper Christian Harding. “The race had ups and downs. We had restarts and soft wind spots, the other boats overtook us. We couldn't catch the Danes until they made the navigational error. The two and a half days at sea with partly no wind were mentally very exhausting. So now we are very happy about the victory in our home port.”
It was not until nightfall of Saturday that all boats crossed the finishing line safely off Nynäshamn, the last boat finishing just under two hours after the winner.

Despite losing the lead at the end of the leg, their second place in the offshore leg was good enough to launch the Danes into the overall lead of the offshore ranking. In second place are the Swedes, followed by the Finns, who are even on points. The Russians and the Germans, also tied on points, follow in fourth and fifth place.

The final two legs of the Nord Stream Race promise a lot of excitement with stronger winds and challenging navigation.

Photos: Marina Semenova and Kristina Riaguzova

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