New yacht race to start in Russia

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The inaugural Nord Stream Race is now only a matter of days away.

The race began as a concept initiated by the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg in order to organize an event that bridges Russia with Europe in a professional and competitive endeavor. The race was then named after a new trans-boundary natural gas pipeline that links Russia and the European Union through the Baltic Sea.

The 750-nautical mile off-shore race will see a fleet of five Swan 60 yachts battle the elements and one another to finish in first place and take home the $130,000 prize fund.

The Baltic Sea will require teams to have excellent sailing skills and knowledge, coupled with a high level of endurance. The five teams racing in the newly created Gazprom Swan 60 Class are Team Russia, Team Holland, Team Germany, Team France and Team Europe. There is a crew and boat to represent the nations which sit ashore the Baltic Sea and who will now benefit from the new Nord Stream gas pipeline.

The race sets off Oct. 18 from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki, Sweden.

The Nord Stream Race website at www.nord-stream-race.com has officially gone live already. Fans will be able to follow their chosen national team and be involved in one of the toughest ever offshore racing events.