A new and exciting concept will be used for this year’s Nord Stream (NSR) race, that brings new boats, new teams and a new culture of sailors to this pan-Baltic event. Following years of past success racing Swan 60s in the Nord Stream, organisers from the St Petersburg YC and Konzeptwerft Holding GmbH, with support from Gazprom, are again offering this year’s edition of this 1,000-mile race from Kiel, Germany, to St Petersburg, Russia, in four stages, but this time with new features to take the event forward into the next few editions.
First, the platform will change from the Swan 60s used in recent years to new, identically-matched ClubSwan 50s that are being provided for the event. This year’s race will see five boats and teams, but the plan is to expand significantly in the future as more of these new boats become available.
Olympic gold medallist, Jochen Schümann, is the new ClubSwan 50 class president, and is enthusiastic about this new choice of boat type. Schümann says the boats will be presented in strict one-design trim, with all features – spars, appendages, rigging and even sails – to be kept identical to ensure close, fair racing. ‘These new boats are extremely agile and sail nice and quickly thanks to the 3.50m 3,450kg keel, even in the strongest winds,’ he says. ‘It’s going to be a challenge to drive the boat day and night at its full potential and at optimum trim for the duration of the race legs.’