The Netherlands team, supported by Gazprom International, has won overall third place in the Nord Stream Race, which passed over the route of the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
At the finish of the last stage of the race, which was completed on 27 October, the yacht Tsaar Peter, which had been leading after the previous second stage, was only fourth, although this meant that she was in the top three prizewinners.
It was the Russian team (the boat "Bronyenosets" [Battleship], sponsored by Gazprom) that ascended to the top step of the podium, who recovered from failure in the previous round and confidently won the third stage. "Bronyenotsets" left the German team two minutes behind, with the Dutch team a further two minutes behind them.
So after the finish of the regatta, the competition tally sheet looked like this:
1: Russian Team (sponsored by Gazprom) - 27 points;
2: European Union team (sponsored by Nord Stream AG) - 23 points;
3: Netherlands team (sponsored by Gazprom International) - 21.5 points;
4: German Team (sponsored by Stroigazmontage) - 19 points;
5: French Team (sponsored by Stroigazconsulting). - 7.5 points.
Before the start of the third stage, the organisers of the regatta were compelled to make a few amendments to the competition plan. Because of a heavy storm that was picking up in this part of the Baltic, the participants had to start a little earlier than planned, and the finish of the regatta was moved from the German port of Greifswald to the Swedish coast.
The Nord Stream Race regatta took place from 18 to 27 October 2012 and consisted of three races between the ports of St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and Greifswald (Germany). The length of the race is about 750 nautical miles (approximately 1,400 km). Five international teams from the Netherlands, Russia, Germany and France and a combined team from the EU took part in the competition. The regatta, in which only Gazprom Swan 60 class yachts took part, was dedicated to the commissioning of the second branch of the trans-European Nord Stream gas pipeline.
The name of the Nord Stream Race was intended by the organisers to underline the distance and high level of difficulty of the regatta.
Nord Stream is a main gas pipeline directly connecting Russia and the European Union along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The pipeline extends for 1,224 kilometres and is made up of two parallel lines, each with a throughput capacity of 27.5 billion cubic metres per year. The first line was commissioned in November 2011, and this year the second reached the German coastline, not far from the city of Greifswald. After the commissioning of the second line of the gas pipeline along the Nord Stream route, it became possible to supply up to 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year.
Nord Stream is an international consortium of five major European energy companies: Gazprom, SE/Wintershall Holding GmbH, E.ON Ruhrgas AG, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and GDF SUEZ S.A. Such a partnership promotes the strengthening of long-term energy safety and closer integration between Russia and the European Union.