Announcing the HSH Nordbank blue race 2007, from Newport, RI, to Hamburg, Germany. The transatlantic race is organized by Norddeutscher Regatta Verein with the support of the New York Yacht Club. It is the successor to the 2003 DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge (DCNAC), where 63 entries, ranging in size from 40 to 152 feet, competed.
The HSH Nordbank blue race will start next year on two dates: the first start is on Saturday June 16 and the second start on June 23 for the largest yachts entered. Pre-race activities are at Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club’s on-the-water clubhouse in Newport, RI USA. The start is in Newport Harbor. From there the course will be routed south of Nantucket Shoals, south of “Point Alpha” – an ice limit, north of Fair Isle (Great Britain) to the finish line at Cuxhaven, Germany. Then the fleet will proceed up the Elbe River to Hamburg — where the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein will handle post-race festivities.
Twenty yachts have already entered. Racing will be scored under IRC; yachts may also compete in an IMS division. Chartered yachts are welcome. Yachts will sail with a satellite-tracking locator that will be regularly updated on the event’s web site.
The first yacht to finish the 2003 transatlantic race was Zaraffa, skippered by Huntington “Skip” Sheldon. Wrote Sheldon, the overall winner in 2003: “The fleet was huge by ocean-racing standards: 63 entries. The course would include the Gulf Stream, a turning point (alpha), the sight of icebergs, a series of lows as expected, a few periods of calm and for us, luckily, winds mostly below 40 knots and from the south or southwest except in the final two days. We expected fog (had little), much spinnaker work (had less) and were prepared for a 21-day crossing, but were lucky to finish in 13 days, 15 hours…”
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