PRESS RELEASE. A specimen copy is kindly requested. Warnemünde, 5 th of June Bronenosec wins Nord Stream Race 2014

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A specimen copy is kindly requested. Warnemünde, 5th of June 2014

“Bronenosec“ wins Nord Stream Race 2014

Team China and Team Europe in second and third place

On 5th of June at 03:35am (CEST) Team Russia with skipper Igor Frolov crossed the finish line right at the entrance of the Warnemünde harbour. With this result the crew of “Bronenosec“ not only claimed victory for the final leg but also for the overall ranking of the Swan 60 class in Nord Stream Race 2014. Runner-up at in the long distance race from Helsinki to Warnemünde was the Chinese “Windward“ of Yeliang Fan with skipper Lorenzo Bortolotti. For Team China this meant an

improvement in their overall ranking from fourth to second place. The German sailing professional Tim Kröger with his “Spirit of Europe“ crew came in third place in the long distance race as well as in the overall ranking.

“Bronenosec“ justified the role of the favourite with 20 points difference in the overall ranking. “I am very proud of my crew. They did an excellent job and constantly worked very hard“, said Igor Frolov upon arrival at Yacht Harbour Hohe Düne. His tactician and co-skipper Tommaso Chieffi talked about an interesting race. For him the deciding factor was that “Bronenosec“ simply sailed faster than the competition and at times had better luck with the wind, too. “At the end many small details come together.“

Lorenzo Bortolotti was also pleased with the performance of his team: “I am very happy about the second place in this race and second overall. It was a brilliant race!“ Further the Italian America’s Cup veteran explained that after the start “Windward“ was the leading yacht to round the first mark and that they were able to keep this position for quite a while. When Tim Kröger split from the fleet and went southwards this brought a change in leadership. “Team Europe made a radical decision“, confirmed Bortolotti. It paid off. “But after two days we were able to overtake them again.“ However, “Bronenosec“ did even better. Bortolotti: “They know their boat really well. My credit to Igor and Tommaso. They have a fantastic crew and I am happy for them.“

For a long time Team Europe led the fleet on the 600 nm long distance leg from Helsinki to Rostock-Warnemünde and therefore had good chances to secure a second place overall with a victory in the second leg. “We are not disappointed though. The reason for us not being able to keep up with the leaders was purely due to speed. We always positioned ourselves in the right spot. Our navigator Wouter Verbraak has implemented everything very well. We never gave up but to catch up with the two boats at the front was impossible, we couldn’t have done any better,“ so Tim Kröger.

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He also praised the two young sailors Anna Reinsberg-Anderssohn and Matti Cipra who were part of Team Europe for the long distance leg to Warnemünde. “This was my first long distance regatta and it was great fun. Normally I sail on a 470 dinghy. I don’t think I would like to switch classes completely, but I would certainly like to sail some more offshore regattas in the Baltic Sea,“ said Cipra in Warnemünde.

Despite a sixth place in the long distance leg Alexander Prinz zu Schleswig-Holstein, skipper of Team Germany, was pleased. While the team were ranked in second place before the second leg, they now fell back into fourth place. “We made a tactical decision that unfortunately didn’t pay off. It made us fall back a lot and so we landed in a completely different wind system which meant that we had no chance of catching up with the fleet anymore,” said the skipper upon arrival in Warnemünde. In addition “SGM” had some problems with their backstay and therefore played it safe. “We did not want to give up by any means in order to at least secure the fourth place in the overall ranking. Our crew is very young and consist almost entirely of amateurs who have never sailed together in this constellation before. Due to all those reasons we can be very happy with the result.”

Vadim Mikhaylov, navigator of the Russian youth project “Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge“ can also confirm that it is not easy for young up-and-coming sailors to adapt to the ways of offshore sailing. For many of the youngsters on board it was the first long distance race, too. “Most of them sail in much smaller boats so this is a big difference for them.“ Team work is very important here, no one can afford to be an individualist. “Some of the guys had problems getting used to the 3-hour watch-system. But in the end I am happy with the result.“ The young team on board “Tsaar Peter“ finished fourth in the 600nm race and ended on rank five in the overall results, followed by Team Estonia with skipper Alar Volmer on rank 6. The Russian ORC yacht „Blagodarnost 2“ of Sergey Pavlenko had nor jet reached the finish by the time of this press release. Expected time of arrival 5 June 2014, 8 pm.

Final result after Leg 1, Inshore Races and Leg 2

Place Sail No. Boat name Leg 1 Inshore Leg 2 Total

Points

1 2460 Bronenosec / Team Russia 3 3 4 10

2 32010 Windward / Team China 7 15 8 30

3 2860 Spirit of Europe / Team Europe 12 9 12 33

4 2660 SGM / Team Germany 15 6 24 45

5 2760 Tsaar Peter / Team Russia Youth 18 12 16 46

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Photos: You can find photos of Nord Stream Race 2014 in high resolution via the following download link: http://www.hqhh.de/download/fotos_ziel_warnemuende.zip

Announcement for Press Conference: The concluding press conference will take place on 7. June 2014 at 11am at the Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Düne in Rostock-Warnemünde. Winners and participants of Nord Stream Race will be present. The prize giving ceremony will take place right after the press conference. Erwin Sellering, prime minister of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will be present as patron of the prize giving ceremony.

Nord Stream Race

in charge for public relations

HEADQUARTERS | HAMBURG Maritime Communications Annette Krüger

phone: +49 (0)40 87 87 999-18 mobile: +372 577 99 234 email: nsr@hqhh.de

The race: Nord Stream Race 2014 is made up of two legs going across the whole of the Baltic Sea from Saint

Petersburg (Russia) to Rostock-Warnemünde (Germany) stopping once in Helsinki (Finland). Just as last year the race is open for Gazprom Swan 60 class and yachts under ORC handicap. Start for the 150 nautical mile medium-distance race from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki is on 30th of May 2014. In the Finnish capital the yachts will compete in an in-port race-series on 1st of June. On 2nd of June the fleet will leave for the 600 nautical mile long-distance race to Rostock-Warnemünde. The route then passes Gotland and Bornholm following the Nord Stream gas pipeline, the eponym of the regatta. Depending on windstrenght and –direction the boats will arrive at the finish in Warnemünde between 4th and 6th of June. Organiser of the top-class event is the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein together with Saint Petersburg Yacht Club in cooperation with Helsingfors Segelklubb. Nord Stream Race has been initiated in 2012 in order to connect the countries around the Baltic rim on a sporting level.

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Partners of Nord Stream Race:

Norddeutscher Regatta Verein: The Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) founded 1868 is one of the largest yacht clubs in Germany and at the same time also a major organizer of national and international sailing events. One of the main objectives today is the development of our young sailors. We cultivate our traditions that have evolved from over 140 years of club history and at the same time we look ahead to master the many challenges yet to come. www.nrv.de

Saint Petersburg Yacht Club: The Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg (SPBYC) is based at Hercules Yacht Harbour within the heart of Russian sailing capital and was established in 2010. The yacht club aims to develop sailing as a sport across the Russian nation as well as valuing the duty to keep traditional maritime history and sea ethics alive through a sustainable worldwide legacy program for future generations. High profile honorary members include His Majesty Constantine II, King of Greece. SPBYC is a meeting place for like-minded individuals who all have a love and respect of the sea and is now ready to become a world renowned yachting hub. www.yacht-club-spb.ru

Helsingfors Segelklubb: Helsingfors Segelklubb was founded in 1899 and is located on the island of Lauttasaari only a few kilometres away from the city centre of Helsinki. The marina offers more than 560 mooring berths and a new club house that was finished in 2010. Already in 2012 during the first Nord Stream Race Helsingfors Segelklubb was host to the Swan 60 fleet. www.hoski.fi

Nord Stream: Nord Stream is a natural gas pipeline which links Russia and the European Union through the Baltic Sea. The first of Nord Stream’s two parallel pipelines became operational in November 2011, the second in October 2012. The total capacity is enough to supply more than 26 million European households. This international joint-venture project by major energy companies OAO Gazprom, BASF SE/Wintershall Holding GmbH and E.ON SE, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and GDF SUEZ S.A. is an important contribution to long-term security of supply and a milestone of the energy partnership between the European Union and Russia. The Nord Stream Pipeline offers a relevant route and context for the race. Due to its dimension and active stakeholder and public engagement, Nord Stream has become a symbol of international cooperation as the Nord Stream Race also intends to. Email: press@nord-stream.com, www.nord-stream.com

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Gazprom: Gazprom is a global energy company with its businesses extending across Russia and throughout more than 40 countries worldwide. Gazprom holds the world's largest natural gas reserves. The Company's share in the global and Russian gas reserves makes up around 18 and some 72 per cent respectively. Gazprom has long believed it has a responsibility to give back to the communities it works within and its social goals to promote a healthy lifestyle, an harmonious upbringing of a physically strong generation and worthy performances at international sporting events were a natural fit with the Nord Stream Race. www.gazprom.com

Marinepool: Marinepool is widely regarded as one of the leading sailing clothing and maritime lifestyle brands with sales in 43 countries worldwide and is the leading producer of life jackets for the leisure and sport market in Europe. The company’s vast product portfolio comprises performance sailing clothing and outdoor garments, functional fashion for sailing and water sports as well as lifestyle clothing lines for women, men and kids in a unique maritime style. Marinepool supports many high profile projects and campaigns and is the official clothing supplier to world-class teams, events and event series in sailing and power boating such as the Extreme Sailing Series™, Oman Sail, the national teams from Germany (Sailing Team Germany), France (FFVoile) and Austria (ÖSV) and last but not least, the world’s fastest racing yacht, the Maxi Trimaran "Spindrift 2". www.marinepool.com

Ernst Kabel Druck: Ernst Kabel Druck GmbH, Hamburg, is a Hanseatic print shop with a long tradition, well known for quality and innovation. We produce a large variety of printing products from business reports to A1-posters as well as extraordinary finishing options like stamping or embossing. Ernst Kabel Druck uses state-of-the-art machines and CtP technology to enable us to provide high quality services even under tight deadlines and to match big campaigns with each other. Contact: Henning Tebbe. www.kabel-druck.de

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