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Within a few days in the framework of the Kiel week are the preparations for the new season of the biggest of the Baltic offshore regatta Nord Stream Race. After some training on 18 June, and the first scoring coastal race.

Created in 2012, the Yacht club of Saint Petersburg, today Nord Stream Race with the support of Gazprom and Nord Stream AG brings together five countries of the Baltic sea, and the distance of the regatta almost follows the route of the pipeline, which gave its name to the competition.

Participants of the seventh season of the Nord Stream Race will be the yacht clubs in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Innovation Nord Stream Race for 2018 was part of the fleet in the largest sailing festival in Kiel — Kieler Woche. from 15 June the Navy has conducted several training days, and on 18 June, the coastal race, the results of which are recorded in the special standings of the Nord Stream Race.

The students “Lords of sails — Asia” for the second time take part in the Nord Stream Race , and this time, relying on the experience, determined to win.

Before the start of the competition, the skipper of the team, twice world champion and European champion Sergey Musikhin noted that the team will fight only for medals of the competition in all tests: in the open sea, and in the classification of the coastal races.

“We always strive for the best results, and now we have a very strong team — said Sergey. We conducted several training sessions and regattas for large yachts, so ready to meet strong opponents from other countries.”

The first coastal race in Kiel was held with a fresh wind. The Russian team started confidently, showing two of the second coming. To finish in the third race. the team was due to technical issues.

“After the first mark we were in the top three, but suddenly broke the forestay, — says member of the Russian crew of Maxim Taranov. — Fortunately, the mast stood and the staysail remained intact. Unfortunately, probably the second day of racing will have to miss — will repair”.

The mishap and team Denmark (the Yacht club, Frederikshavn). In 2017 they are unable to finish in the final stage, and now, just in the first race of the new season, damaged gennaker.

Played the first race the team is permanent participant of the Nord Stream Race from racing North German Union. The skipper of the team, the world champion in the class ClubSwan45 Henrik Brandis led his crew to three wins in a row. Three times in three finished Finns, and Swedes.

What’s next?

The program of stay of the fleet of the Nord Stream Race in Kiel will continue the coastal race until June 20. Next scheduled meeting with business circles of Germany, official press conference and opening ceremony of the regatta.

On the final day of Kiel week, the Nord Stream Race fleet will start the first offshore stage, the Kiel-Copenhagen. The start is scheduled for 24 June at 15 hours.

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