Germany’s North Sea Week is celebrating its comeback to the international race calendars. Once a major hub of the international offshore elite and a unique stage for spectacularly exciting One Ton Cups and Admiral’s Cup trials, Germany’s only real offshore regatta series in the North Sea today has developed into a multi-faceted event with a modern face. The 100-year-old “Nordseewoche” is back on course for a bright future.

Part of its success is the sailing marathon Pantaenius Round Skagen Race. Held every two years, the challenging 510-mile course is among the oldest and most popular offshore races the sailing world has to offer. Just seven years younger than the famous Rolex Fastnet Race and 13 years older than the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, the course of the Pantaenius Round Skagen Race takes its fleet through three completely different stretches of water.

Starting against the backdrop of the red rock of Germany’s only true high seas island, Helgoland, the race also tests its competitors in the notorious Skagerrak and finishes in the Baltic Sea port of Kiel, the “City of Sails” and the home of Kiel Week. Read on.