Saturday, June 7, 2014

Nordseewoche Preview

Nordseewoche logo (Heligoland, Germany)- Every year at Whitsunday, June 6th to 9th, around 1,500 yachtsmen gather at Heligoland to be part of the “Nordseewoche“ event. The Nordseewoche is one of the major yacht racing events in Germany, hosting the only German offshore race series.  This year’s 80th edition has 159 yachts registered with participants from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

The Nordseewoche also offers the less experienced yachtsman a fantastic opportunity to get into the race scene. Next to the ORC races, the “Family-Cruiser-Cup” offers a relaxed atmosphere – sailing and winning without a rating certificate and without spinnaker or gennaker. In addition, all sailors catch up afterwards at the “boot Regatta party” to celebrate together. The main sponsors are the international boat exhibition "boot Dusseldorf" and the asset management company “Capital AG.” “The Nordseewoche is a mixture of party and racing. The parties are legendary and the atmosphere is just fantastic every year," said Admiral’s Cup Winner and Nordseewoche participant Tom Ross.

Nordseewoche party on Heligoland, GermanyA special challenge is the annual long-distance race Pantaenius Rund Skagen from Heligoland to Kiel or the Heligoland-Edinburgh Race. In 2014, the Nordseewoche will finish with the legendary Pantaenius Rund Skagen Race.  This 510nm race course runs through extremely different seas: the North Sea, the Skagerrak, the Kattegat and the Danish islands to Kiel. Sailors will experience range of enormous tides and wind-induced currents in the Baltic Sea.

Taking up the challenge in this eponymous event are a range of J/Teams from across northern Europe.

In the Racing Division, we find a range of J’s sailing from the J/92 up to the J/125.  In ORC 3 are two J/35s (Kai Brackmann’s ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS & Mike Wunderlich’s CHOSI 6) and Nils Lukat’s J/109 ELLIDE.  They will be racing in a class of 26 boats that include a raft of X-99s, X-33s and Dehler 35s.

Perhaps sailing the most unusual (and craziest) division is Andreas Rose’s J/125 NEEDLES & PINS.  We’re certain they will be on pins & needles sailing against two Pogo 40s and a Volvo 60!

In the ORC Cruisers Division we find Kai Kroger’s J/109 BAJAZZO sailing against 28 other boats that range in size from 30 to 44 feet.   See the promo sailing regatta video here    For more Nordseewoche sailing information