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RUSSIAN TEAM WINS 2019 NORD STREAM RACE
The Leviathan Sailing Team Collects The Fourth Nord Stream Race Trophy For The Nation
The Nord Stream Race began in 2012 with the mission of connecting the Baltics through sport. This 1000 mile race begins in Kiel, Germany, and finishes in St. Petersburg, Russia, with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.
In 2017, the Nord Stream Race moved into the high performance, Juan-K designed ClubSwan 50. Since then, North Sails has worked closely with the event to produce identical sets of sails for the entire fleet. Teams from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia qualified for the 2019 event by winning their respective country’s National Sailing League, and each of the five one designs carried the following inventory: 3Di Endurance Two Reef Offshore mainsail, AP jib, J4, A4 spinnaker.
“The ClubSwan 50 is a strict one design class,” explains Paul Westlake, North Sails Grand Prix segment leader. “The level playing field works hand in hand with our ability to deliver sails that are consistent across the fleet. North 3Di allows us to achieve a very high level of reliability in weight and shape. It also delivers high performance, yet these durable sails have held up for three editions of the 1000 mile race in unforgiving Baltic conditions. It is an honor for us to be selected as a sailmaker to the event and support the sailors representing their home countries.”
The Leviathan Sailing Team from Russia won the 2019 edition by a single point, the fourth Nord Stream title for that nation.
Plans for the 2020 Nord Stream Race are already underway. The organizers’ goal over the next three years is to include four more teams, through the successful partnership for high energy yacht racing between the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, Nord Stream, and Gazprom.