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North Sea Week 2010

The preparations for the upcoming North Sea Week are well on their way

The preparations for the upcoming North Sea Week are well on their way.

Every person who is somewhat interested in aquatic sports under sail, should not miss out on the upcoming 76. North Sea Week on the Whitsun weekend. It wil be held from the 21st to the 24th of May this year. The first North Sea week took place in 1922. In 1925, Helgoland was sailed for the first time. The event North Sea Week is one of the most challenging regattas in the world, as the weather can go against the sailers at around this time of the year.

It is not uncommon that sailers will have to fight against meter-high waves and strong winds. The North Sea Week is made up of many different races. Participants are both known professionals with high-speed yachts, equiped with the most modern technology and amateurs which have made this sport one of their hobbies. For every body there is an appropriate regatta available. The North Sea Week broke a record this year. Around 188 yachts have confirmed their participation. On the first two sailing day, the feeder regattas to Helgoland are planned. These start from Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshafen and Cuxhaven. Starting from Hamburg, there is a prepared regatta to the Cuxhaven.

One of the more important regattas is the BHF-BANK-Cup Round Helgoland. The offshore part of the International German Championships of Sea Sailing will be held as well on this weekend. For the first time, a Class 40 ranking will be introduced. On the last day of the North Sea Week, a highly challenging Longdistance regatta will be held with a total length of 510 nautical miles. Named the Pantaenius Round Skagen 2010, it will run from Helgoland through the North Sea and the Skagerrak, around the Danish Cape of Skagen, through the Kattegat and the Large Belt, back to the finish line at the Kiel lighthouse.