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10 June 2004, 11:39 am
The Baltic Bites Back - Race Starts 19 June 2004
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Volvo Baltic Race

Anyone thinking that this event for VO60s would just be a midsummer breeze around the Baltic learned very quickly. Even the old hands said that, at times, these were full throttle, round the world race conditions.
The competition was hot, tense and down to the wire right to the end. That was the Volvo Baltic Race 2003 and now it's back again this summer for another Battle of the Baltic.

This year's event will take place from 19 June 19 - 7 July. A mixture of sharp inshore racing tactical skills and offshore endurance is what will be needed to win this unique series, which combines coastal races, windward/leeward races and three long offshore races. Over 1300 nautical miles in 19 days with barely 30 hours between finishes and restarts in which to recover is a tough schedule. And the Baltic can be cold, and as the event saw last year, very windy.

The event will be run in cooperation with The Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS), The Kieler Yacht Club (KYC), and The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) and begins in Gothenburg on June 19 with a coastal race.

Racing schedule:

19 June - 1100 Start Inshore/coastal race 30 - 40 nautical miles (nm) approx
20 June - 1500 Start Gothenburg (Swe) - Copenhagen (Den) 175 nm approx
21 June - Pit stop Copenhagen
22 June - Prize Giving 1800
23 June - 1800 Start Copenhagen - Kiel (Ger)156 nm approx
24 June - ETA Kiel
25 June - 1100 Inshore Race Kiel 30 - 50 nm approx
26 June - 0830 Start Kiel to Warnemunde (Ger) 100 nm approx
27 June - 1500 Start Warnemunde - Sandhamn (Swe) 400 nm approx
29 June - ETA Sandhamn
01 July - 1000 Parade of sail to Stockholm returning the following day
02 July - 1800 Prize Giving
04 July - 1300 First start The Gant Gotland Runt 364 nm
05 July - 1000 ETA Sandhamn
07 July - 1100 windward/leeward x 3, 1900 Final prize Giving

Press Offices: Media information and results will be available to the media from the event press offices in each venue - see details below.

Press releases: Daily stories and results will be distributed after inshore racing has finished and after starts and finishes of offshore races have been completed. Offshore updates will be issued periodically throughout the longer legs of the event. All stories will be available on

Press Boats: There will be limited places on press boats.
Please contact Rikard Bjork ( or Lizzie Green ( for more information/place reservation.

Onboard sailing: Members of the media are invited to race onboard the VO60s during the event including the parade of sail to Stockholm. Places are strictly limited.
Please contact Rikard Bjork ( or Lizzie Green ( for more information/place reservation.

Photography: Images by Oskar Kilborg, official photographer, will be available online throughout the event royalty-free to the media. Log on to New users will need to give themselves a user name and password to allow access to high-resolution images for downloading.
Please contact: Oskar Kihlborg: Mob: +46703 22 5000 or Patrick Anderson, picture desk manager,
Mob: +44 777 55 33 956 Archive:

News Feeds: A production team will be following the whole race, providing broadcasters with news material. News feeds will be available after each race, delivered on DVCam. Video material is also available upon request. Please contact Caroline Dewoon, Mob:+46 706 705570

Streaming video: Video reports will be produced on a daily basis with onboard footage, interviews etc. Access to the streaming server will be available through a link on For direct access to server please contact Richard Wästberg; Mob: +46 8 708 31 24 51.

Online positioning system: It will be possible to follow the race in real time via the online positioning map. Links direct to the positioning window are available on the home page

Sailing instructions:will be published with crew lists and event preview on Friday June 18.

Social Events: Details will be available in each press office - addresses & contacts as below.
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