Inaugural Baltic Sea Race start nears

A new era of offshore racing in the Baltic Sea begins in 2022 with the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s new 630 nautical-mile race, starting from Helsinki, Finland on July 21 and heading around Gotland before returning to the tranquil harbours of Helsinki.

The RORC, with its local associate – Ocean Racing Association, welcomes Roschier as the title sponsor for the Baltic Sea Race.

Aerial shot of boats at marina.
International competitors will be hosted in the centre of Helsinki for the start and finish of the new 630nm RORC race. Pic – Pepe Korteniemi

The Nordic law firm begins a long-term partnership with the race, which will be officially named The Roschier Baltic Sea Race for the 2022 and 2024 editions. With offices in Helsinki and Stockholm, Roschier has a presence on both sides of the Baltic and a passionate affinity with promoting the sea’s maritime culture in various ways.

Equally delighted by the support from Roschier are the official race supporters: the City of Helsinki, the Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK), Finnish Offshore Racing Association (AMP), Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK), FINIRC and the Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society.

Managing Partner Mikko Manner of Roschier notes: “We are very proud to sponsor this exciting new race with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Sailing combines two of Roschier’s core values – teamwork and pioneering spirit; both equally important in high-performing environments. Setting long and short-term goals, working together in tightly knit teams and taking bold decisions when needed, are at the core in offshore racing and advocacy alike.”

Two boats preparing for race start.
Around 30 teams from seven countries will take on the Baltic Sea Race. Pic – Pepe Korteniemi

Jeremy Wilton, CEO Royal Ocean Racing Club: “From the conception of this race, the RORC was excited by the passion and commitment from our partners in Finland. We are delighted to welcome Roschier who share our desire to establish a great offshore race in the Baltic Sea. Working with our partners, we are committed to providing all the ingredients for the Roschier Baltic Sea Race to become a race that the international yacht racing community aspires to be part of.”

With three months to the start of the Roschier Baltic Sea Race, the entry list boasts 30 teams from at least seven countries: Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Finnish teams provide a strong presence and notable international entries include two winning skippers from the RORC Caribbean 600: Tilmar Hansen’s German TP52 J/V Outsider and Ireland’s Adrian Lee racing his Swan 60 Lee Overlay Partners.

Aerial shot of TP52 sailing upwind.
Past winner of the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600, the TP52 J/V Outsider will be one to watch. Pic – Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

The largest entry to date is Kenneth Bjorklund’s Norwegian CNB 76 Ender Pearl, closely followed by two Volvo 70s from overseas: The Polish National Foundation’s I Love Poland and HYPR skippered by Spain’s Jens Lindner. The smallest entries include two Finnish entrants: Salla Kaven’s H-323 Silvermoonii and Markku Hentinen’s x-99 Vinca. Classic yachts participating include Tapio Lehtinen’s Swan 55 Galiana and Santtu Parikka’s S&S 40 Pam.

Competitors successfully completing the Roschier Baltic Sea Race will qualify for membership of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and boats that finish the race will automatically qualify for the 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race in August 2023.

Yawl Galiana on kite run (two kites up).
Well-known sailor Tapio Lehtinen will be entering his classic 1970s Sparkman & Stephens Swan 55 Yawl Galiana. Pic – Tapio Lehtinen

To enter the Roschier Baltic Sea Race and for more information visit: http://www.rorc.org/baltic-sea-race

Entry List and Expressions of Interest can be found here: http://www.rorc.org/baltic-sea-race-entries

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By Louay Habib

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