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Published on Jul 1, 2016
Saint Petersburg|Russia - Helsinki|Finland - Warnemünde|Germany 5. - 10. June 2016
The Nord Stream Invitational Race 2016 is a tough offshore sailing race, made up of two legs going across the whole of the Baltic Sea from Saint Petersburg (Russia) to Rostock-Warnemünde (Germany) stopping once in Helsinki (Finland). The participants are five Gazprom Swan 60 yachts manned with a mixture of young talented sailors and well experienced offshore professionals representing a number of different nationalities. Start for the medium-distance race from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki was on 5th of June 2016. In the Finnish capital the yachts had a short stopover before leaving for the long-distance leg to Rostock-Warnemünde in the afternoon of the 6th of June. The route then passed Gotland and Bornholm following the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline, the eponym of the regatta. Organiser of the top-class event is the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club together with the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein in cooperation with Helsingfors Segelklubb and Rostocker Regatta Verein. The Nord Stream Race has been initiated in 2012 in order to connect the countries around the Baltic rim on a sporting level.