Over 150 Sailors In Bermuda To Germany Race

July 6, 2018

The Bermuda to Hamburg sailing race features 17 teams with over 150 sailors from 14 different countries, with the race set to get underway on July 8th in Bermuda, with the sailors set to race to Hamburg, Germany.

A spokesperson said, “The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta [AAR] is part of the grand celebrations for the 150th anniversary for the Norddeutsher Regatta Verein [NRV], Hamburg, Germany.

“The Bermuda to Hamburg Race is the final offshore race of the regatta series for the AAR, following on from the 2900 nautical mile RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The AAR is the first ever offshore series crossing the Atlantic Ocean in both directions.

George David’s Maxi Rambler 88 ahead of the Bermuda start. Photo by Tim Wright

George David's Maxi Rambler 88 July 2018

“George David’s American Maxi Rambler 88 is the hot favourite for Line Honours. This will be David’s second West to East Transatlantic Race in Rambler 88. In his previous yacht, Rambler 100, David claimed Line Honours and a world record for the route from Newport, RI to the Lizard Cornwall [6 days 22 hours 08 mins 02 seconds].

“For the 2018 Bermuda to Hamburg Race, sixteen members of the Rambler 88 team have competed in the America’s Cup or Volvo Ocean Race, winning both of the prestigious trophies on many occasions.

IMOCA 60 Malizia with German skipper Boris Herrmann representing Yacht Club de Monaco. Photo by Thomas Ruyant

IMOCA 60 Malizia with German skipper Boris Herrmann July 2018

“The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is a hive of activity as the international teams prepare for the 3500nm race. The Bermuda to Hamburg Race features 17 teams with over 150 sailors from 14 different countries, racing under the IRC and ORC Rating systems and under Class40 Rules.

“World Class professional sailors and passionate corinthians are relishing the prospect of a rare opportunity to race west to east across the Atlantic Ocean.

Class 40 Earendil racing in tropical waters. Photo by Arthur Daniel

Class 40 Earendil racing in tropical waters July 2018

“Top talent from Germany includes Jens Kellinghusen’s Ker 56 Varuna, which will be representing the NRV. Boat Captain Tim Daase has represented Germany in the America’s Cup and the crew includes some of Spain’s best offshore sailors, inlcuding Volvo Ocean Race winner Chuni Bermudez, and Guillermo Altadill.

“Boris Herrmann’s German IMOCA 60 Malizia will be racing fully crewed. Boris is a member of the NRV, and will be competing solo in the Route du Rhum later this year.

Best Buddies, the exclusive entry in the Cruising Division, which set sail prior to the main fleet. Photo by Antigua Sailing Week

Best Buddies,CSA 6,

“French hopes of victory rest with two outstanding yachts. Eric de Turkheim’s Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine was the overall winner for the RORC Transatlantic Race, Teasing Machine’s crew includes Volvo Ocean Race winner Laurent Pages, and the outstanding French navigator, Jean-Luc Nelias. Catherine Pourre’s French Class40 Eärendil is one of a trio of Class40s racing.

“Eärendil tasted victory in this year’s RORC Caribbean 600 and The Atlantic Cup. Mathias Mueller von Blumencron’s German Class40 RED was the winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race, and Arnt and Soenke Bruhns, racing Iskareen, were the division winners for last month’s Antigua Bermuda Race.

Varuna in action. Photo by Tim Wright

Varuna July 2018

“Corinthian teams include Hans Oestmann’s German team racing Lombard 46 Hamburg LinesMen. The company’s main business is to secure and cast the lines of commercial ships visiting the Port of Hamburg. For the Bermuda Hamburg Race, Hamburg LinesMen will be casting off their own lines racing in the Atlantic Ocean back to their home port.

“Two Corinthian entries are keeping up a tradition that dates back over 100 years. Andrews 56, Broader View Hamburg and JV 52 Haspa Hamburg belong to the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt [HVS]. Established in 1903, the HVS encourages young sailors to go to sea, to develop teamwork, fairness, and leadership.

“Joh von Eicken’s German Swan 56 Latona, will be skippered by family member Dr. Benjamin Hub. Christopher German Opielok’s TP52 Rockall V will be also be racing. Both yachts will continue a long history of offshore racing under the burgee of the NRV.

AAR Bermuda Arrival Of IMOCA 60 Malizia

“For one Corinthian team in the Bermuda to Hamburg Race, the adventure has already started. Susann & Kay Wrede’s German Swan 44 Best Buddies started the race on July 2nd, as the sole participant in the Cruising Division. As an estimate, Best Buddies should have over a thousand nautical miles head start once the racing fleet start the Bermuda to Hamburg Race on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 12:05pm noon ADT.

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“All yachts in the race are fitted with a YB Tracker, which will give position reports and more through a free-to-use player application. Over 6500 ‘armchair admirals’ have entered the Virtual Race to join the on-line game go here.

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