Rolex Baltic Week kicks off in Flensburg, Germany

Glücksburg, Germany – This corner of the Baltic, off Flensburg, serves as the site for some classic yacht racing this season.  Tomorrow sees the start of racing for the 12-meter and 8-meter World Championships and the 6-meter Sterling Cup.  Forty four yachts – eight in the 12-meter class, 25 in the 8-meter class,  and 11 in the 6-meter class  – have been entered for this year’s competition, the 8th season in its history.

12-Metre fleet races upwind during 2010 Baltic Week | Photo credit: Rolex / Nico Krauss
12-Metre fleet races upwind during 2010 Baltic Week | Photo credit: Rolex / Nico Krauss

Training this week on the course near Glücksburg harbor, the yachts presented a wonderful scene. The strong winds in this section of sea between Denmark and Germany had these narrow-beamed yachts burying the rails as they beat upwind.

Among this year’s competitors will be 74-year old King Harald V of Norway.  Nine races will be held each day starting noon.  The competition is held June 29 through July 3.

For more information on this summer’s sailing events, view our Summer Sailing Guide.

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