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"From storm to calm, from steep cross-sea to strong current. Beating, spinnaker and reach courses, tactical sailing at the highest level and physical exertion until complete exhaustion. The Pantaenius Round Skagen Regatta is a race that, whenever it seems to have found its master, offers a new challenge. This is how Daniel Baum, co-skipper of his father's sailing yacht ELAN, describes the regatta from Helgoland to Kiel. In fact, the legendary race, which has been held under its current name since 1994, has always provided spectacular moments since its beginnings in the 1930s. The last time was in 2010, when only about half of the registered yachts were able to finish the regatta due to massive heavy weather.

The challenging race takes place every two years, alternating with the Edinburgh Regatta and regularly attracts between 50 and 80 crews to the start. Various feeder regattas during the North Sea Week make the North Sea island of Helgoland an attractive destination for professionals and ambitious hobby sailors alike. The hunt for a new course record is rewarded by name sponsor Pantaenius with a massive challenge cup. Hermann Noack, the renowned Berlin art caster, designed it in 1994 based on the model of an archaic Viking ship and cast it in bronze. It commemorates the times when these pioneers of European seafaring dominated the areas around Denmark.

Whoever wants to sail the 510 nautical miles today should not only have excellent seamanship but also stamina and some tactical finesse. Three sailing areas, which could not be more different, determine the character of the Pantaenius Round Skagen Regatta. On the one hand, the rough North Sea with low water depths and rough seas, on the other hand the deceptively calm Baltic Sea, often moody and equally demanding. In between is the Skagerrak with water depths of up to 1000 metres and treacherous bays on Jutland's coast, such as Jammer Bay.


The first notable and documented speed record for monohulls was set in 1973 by the "Diana III" with owner Henry Thomas and helmsman Harald Baum with 55 hours and 1 minute. The record was broken in 2000 by the "UCA" of Dr. Klaus Murmann, helmsman was Walter Meier-Kothe. Sailed time: 43 hours and 46 minutes. In 2010 the "Hexe" of owner Norbert Plambeck only just missed the "UCA" record due to a lull on the last nautical miles before the finish.


Participation is usually between 60 and 80 yachts. At the helmsmen's meeting, each yacht is provided by Pantaenius with a good bottle of rum for cold times - the "Rum Skagen". After arriving in Kiel, all participants are invited by the sponsor to a breakfast at the Kiel Yacht Club in Strande. More information on the participation requirements at www.nordseewoche.de.

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