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The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) with the Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) announce the RORC Baltic Sea Race. Starting on 21st July 2022. Open to boats racing under IRC, MOCRA, Class40 Rules and other class associations.

Approximately 630 nautical miles, the race will start and finish off Helsinki in the Gulf of Finland, incorporating the Swedish island of Gotland.

The race is supported by the City of Helsinki, the Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK), Finnish Ocean Racing Association (FORA), Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK), FINIRC and the Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society.

RORC Baltic Sea Race Launched

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) launch the new 630nm RORC Baltic Sea Race, starting from Helsinki on 21st July 2022 © © Pepe Korteniemi

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) together with the Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) are delighted to announce a new offshore race to start on 21st July 2022. The RORC Baltic Sea Race is open to boats racing under IRC, MOCRA, Class40 Rules and other class associations.

The race of approximately 630 nautical miles will start and finish off Helsinki in the Gulf of Finland. The course will incorporate the Swedish island of Gotland, located approximately 250nm southwest of Helsinki.

The race is supported by the City of Helsinki, the Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK), Finnish Ocean Racing Association (FORA), Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK), FINIRC and the Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society. The local class association, Finnish Offshore Racing Association (AMP) will also work together with other offshore class associations in surrounding Baltic Sea countries to promote the race.

“The Royal Ocean Racing Club has a history of organising new offshore races, such as the RORC Caribbean 600 and the RORC Transatlantic Race,” commented RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “The Baltic Sea Race has all the criteria for producing a race that is ideal for offshore racing, as well as good logistics for competitors and the race team. On top of that, our partners in Finland have a real passion for hosting a race in their own region.”

The route of the new RORC Baltic Sea Race starting on 21st July 2022 © RORCThe route of the new RORC Baltic Sea Race starting on 21st July 2022 © RORC

Competitors in the RORC Baltic Sea Race boats will be docked in the city centre of Helsinki (Katajanokka Harbour)  © Kari Ylitalo/Helsinki Marketing Competitors in the RORC Baltic Sea Race boats will be docked in the city centre of Helsinki (Katajanokka Harbour) © Kari Ylitalo/Helsinki Marketing

With over 5,000 miles of coastline, nine countries border the Baltic Sea, all with profound seafaring tradition and racing history: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and Russia. Interest for the RORC Baltic Sea Race is also expected from Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) mission is to create international alliances to make it possible to have longer world class offshore races in the Baltic Sea. The Ocean Racing Alliance (ORA) Commodore and Class40 skipper, Ari Känsäkoski has competed in three Rolex Fastnet Races, the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, the RORC Transatlantic Race and the RORC Caribbean 600: “We expect strong interest from teams participating from Finland and from all of the nations that border the Baltic Sea. The 2021 test event showed that the course for the RORC Baltic Sea Race is very interesting,” commented Känsäkoski. “The course is very strategic with land influences in the Gulf of Finland and around Gotland. In addition, it is basically on a windward leeward axis, so we expect tactical decisions on which side of the course to choose, as well as managing wind shifts.”

The Baltic Sea in July is a magical environment, with daylight and twilight perpetuating 20 hours a day. Day time air temperatures differ from offshore to coastal locations. In July, 8-10 knots of wind from the west-southwest is common. Summer storms are very rare, but conditions can change dramatically due to squalls and thermal activity. The Baltic Sea can be described as a tideless semi-enclosed sea, but wind-driven currents can produce waves of 1.5 metres.

Aerial view of Helsinki: The strategic 630nm course strategic will include land influences in the Gulf of Finland and around Gotland © Helsinki MarketingAerial view of Helsinki: The strategic 630nm course strategic will include land influences in the Gulf of Finland and around Gotland © Helsinki Marketing

Arto Linnervuo raced his XP 44 Xtra Stærk with an all-Finnish crew in several RORC races during the 2018-2019 season, including the RORC Transatlantic Race, RORC Caribbean 600, and the Rolex Fastnet Race. This autumn Linnervuo will take charge of a new Infiniti 52 Tulikettu. The primary objectives for the new boat are to be the first Finnish crew to win a major RORC race and to win the RORC Season’s Points Championship. “We have already achieved some good results with the XP 44 Xtra Stærk,” commented Linnervuo, whose team was fourth in class for the 2019 RORC Season’s Points Championship. “We strongly believe that the new foil-driven Infiniti 52 will be one of the most interesting new offshore racing yachts entering the scene, and we are so excited about getting a chance to introduce her to our fans in Finland for the RORC Baltic Sea Race.”

Arto Linnervuo's new foil-driven Infiniti 52R Tulikettu - looking to be the first Finnish crew to win a major RORC race and to win the RORC Season’s Points Championship © Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comArto Linnervuo's new foil-driven Infiniti 52R Tulikettu - looking to be the first Finnish crew to win a major RORC race and to win the RORC Season’s Points Championship © Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.com

To express your interest in the race and for more information, please contact the Royal Ocean Racing Club: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +44 1983 295 144

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The RORC was founded in 1925 to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined. Today the club encourages ocean, long distance and other forms of yacht racing and yachting activity.