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7th Agora direct MidsummerSail - Preview

by Robert Nowatzki 3 Jun 00:30 BST 21 June 2022
At the finish of the Midsummer Sail 2021 © Axel Schmidt

In its 7th year, the Agora direct MidsummerSail is again enjoying a rapidly growing field of sailors wanting to take on the challenge of the longest and toughest regatta in the Baltic Sea.

67 yachts from four countries will start solo, double-handed or with a full crew, following the call of the yellow buoy at the northernmost point of the Baltic Sea. The start is on June 21, the summer solstice, at 1 p.m. From Wismar to Töre - 900 nautical miles, across the whole Baltic from South to North.

The best time of 5 days, 17 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds from 2019 has still to be beaten, but the potential in the starting field is there. Wolfram Heibeck with his Open 40 Black Maggy, Mathias Mueller von Blumencron and his Class 40 Red, and some of the trimarans all have what it takes.

Five records can be broken: fastest monohull, fastest multihull, smallest crew and smallest boat - however you also can sail on IRC corrected time.

But even if there are trophies to be won, it's not just about the time sailed, but also about the time experienced in the white summer nights of the northern Baltic Sea, where the sun never sets. Many participants are just there for the adventure.

Ingo Kranz's FanFan has already rounded Cape Horn, but rounding the yellow buoy from Töre still eludes it.

In the new "Race Village" of the Marina Weisse Wiek in Boltenhagen, experienced participants, new sailors, visitors and families can exchange experiences and talk about their dreams.

Find out more at www.midsummersail.com