Helgoland Race 2015

Still light in the northern sky

Still light in the northern sky

the entertainment gets louder

the entertainment gets louder

crews enjoy a drink in the bar

crews enjoy a drink in the bar

Results (in German) are posted on the Nordseewoche website.

To get a flavour of the rest of North Sea Week,  see what our German guests were doing before they left Helgoland!

Speeches, barbecue and party!

Saturday evening: There was a fantastic buzz in the club tonight. The Trinity Pipers played to open proceedings.

Pipers and barbecue - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Pipers and barbecue – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Race Organiser thanks RFYC Rear Commodore

Race Organiser thanks RFYC Rear Commodore

Then Patrick Carnie, RFYC Rear Commodore,  welcomed the guests, and race organiser Dr Jens Kohfahl replied on behalf of the racers, kindly presenting Patrick with a donation to club funds.

President of Cruxhaven Sailing Club

President of Cruxhaven Sailing Club

Dr Jan Buhner, president of Cruxhaven Sailing Club, then gave another gracious speech and guests and hosts gave each other three cheers.

The mobile barbecue getting ready to feed the multitudes

The mobile barbecue getting ready to feed the multitudes

The mobile barbecue then served well over 100 meals with choice of pork, beef burgers, sausages, salmon, chips and salad, followed by dessert of strawberries and cream for those who wished.

The bar - the calm before the storm

The bar – the calm before the storm

The bar was quiet at first but was soon full of a multi-lingual throng sharing news and experiences. It would be lovely to see the bar this busy on other occasions.

A quiet moment for the volunteer organisers

A quiet moment for the volunteer organisers

Ian Lindsay and Peter Hall provided excellent musical entertainment and a great time was had by all.

Altogether the Helgoland to Edinburgh race was a fantastic experience both for participants and the RFYC volunteer helpers.

Last boat home

Rode Zora von Amsterdam was the last boat to finish, crossing the line around 18:30 on Saturday, as the other racers and their RFYC hosts were getting ready for the barbecue. Many congratulations to Rode Zora von Amsterdam for a fantastic effort and persistence!

Behind a forest of masts, Rode Zora von Amsterdam (white sails and red hull) crosses the line - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Behind a forest of masts, Rode Zora von Amsterdam (white sails and red hull) crosses the line – photo by Hillary Sillitto

The final times and sign-offs

The final times and sign-offs

Update Saturday afternoon

All the Helgoland boats are now in except for Rode Zora von Amsterdam who is still beating up the Forth estuary. Tonight’s  celebrations start (officially) at 18:30!

Helgoland race tracker 16:30 Saturday 30th May

Helgoland race tracker 16:30 Saturday 30th May

 

Update Friday Evening

By 23:00, only two boats are still racing to finish, Ole Marie and Rode Zora von Amsterdam, and the wind has dropped, so the tracker is giving ETAs on Saturday morning.

 

Race tracker 20:10 Friday 29th May

Race tracker 20:10 Friday 29th May

Update Friday afternoon

Race tracker 15:18 Friday 29th

Race tracker 15:18 Friday 29th

As expected, about ten boats have arrived since last night.

The pontoons are busy and colourful - photo by Hillary Sillitto

The pontoons are now busy and colourful – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Havkarlen crossed the line at 09:55, the sole British entrant One Wave Ahead 1 finished at 10:15, and Pogo 2 at 11:02.

Havkarlen about to cross the line - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Havkarlen about to cross the line – photo by Hillary Sillitto

One Wave Ahead 1 dropped her jib as she crossed the finish line - photo by Hillary Sillitto

‘One Wave Ahead 1’ dropped her jib as she crossed the finish line – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Then Pogo 2 appeared in the distance - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Then Pogo 2 appeared in the distance – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Pogo 2 approaching the line - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Pogo 2 approaching the line – photo by Hillary Sillitto

The finish line was a transit from the Club house through the light at the end of the East pier, finishing at the buoy with yellow light six cables out. Photo by Hillary Sillitto

The finish line was a transit from the Club house through the light at the end of the East pier, finishing at the buoy with yellow light six cables out. Photo by Hillary Sillitto

Volunteers recorded finish times and kept radio watch through the night. The visitors made good use of the bar facilities and the Barbecue outside.

The race officers and radio watch - photo by Hillary Sillitto

The race officers and radio watch – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Visiting crews avidly studying the Race Tracker - photo by Hillary Sillitto

Visiting crews avidly studying the Race Tracker – photo by Hillary Sillitto

The travelling barbecue was here to provide breakfast to the visitors - photo by Hillary Sillitto

The travelling barbecue was here to provide breakfast to the visitors – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Visiting crews were glad to buy the Helgoland branded clothes in the Race office (in the newly cleaned and decorated Mickery hut)

Visiting crews were glad to buy the Helgoland branded clothes in the Race office (in the newly cleaned and decorated Mickery hut) – photo by Hillary Sillitto

The Round Britain Experience confused the race officers by arriving among the racing boats!

The "Round Britain Experience" and Helgoland boats on the pontoon - photo by Hillary Sillitto

The “Round Britain Experience” and Helgoland boats on the pontoon – photo by Hillary Sillitto

Update just after midnight, Thursday night/Friday morning

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Ten boats are expected to arrive during the night and Friday morning. The first of them, Nikaia von Hamburg, is expected before 01:00.

Update Thursday afternoon

Several boats have arrived. Shakti, one of the first, moored right in front of Britannia in Leith Docks. Others are still beating into the blustery westerly wind.

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Progress Update – Wednesday Morning

From the race organisers:

The boats participating in the Edinburgh Regatta have made some good progress. Force 4-5 winds on the nose throughout the night have died down with some boats now possibly even left in a wind hole. The wind and water are unusually cold. Toward midday the wind should however pick back up. The leading yachts ‘Bank von Bremen’ and ‘Shakti’ have pursued different strategies. Whilst Bank takes the most direct course, Shakti has opted for the English coast in the hope of a left pull/draw. The English coast is forecast a Westerly 6 for Thursday with this morning even a southerly predicted. This would in turn offer a speedy journey for the yachts that sailed furthest west.

The race trackers are not transmitting for some participants. For those that appear at a standstill, it is possible that this is due to a hibernation mode being activated in order to save power. When the boots pick up speed, signals should however be sent back to the receiver. For those that are positioned mid sea, the signal of the UKW based AIS yacht transmitters cannot be received. All yachts are however fitted with satellite based distress beacons and none of these have been triggered. There are no grounds for worry.

Bank von Bremen anticipating a 02.00am arrival at Leith.

Positions at 09:34 on 27 May

Positions at 09:34 on 27 May

The race

The Helgoland to Edinburgh Race happens at the end of Nordseewoche (North Sea Week). It is organised by NRV, NORDDEUTSCHER REGATTA VEREIN. This year it starts on the 25th of May at the end of the local racing.

We now have confirmation of the final entry listing. 37 Yachts will participate in this years event, potentially arriving with us from Wednesday 27th May onwards.

The finish line is a transit from the club house through the red light at the end of the East Pier, delimited at the north end by a buoy with a yellow light.

The notice of race can be downloaded here. (It covers the whole of Nordseewoche, not just the Helgoland to Edinburgh race.)

Follow the race

The yachts will be carrying trackers, so you can watch their progress during the race on this link.

We’re looking forwards to their arrival and all members are welcome and encouraged to come along, have a look at the yachts, meet our visitors and get involved.

Lots of helpers please!

There are numerous shifts for radio cover and office duties / general help during the week, we need lots of help, please feel free to sign up on the boards at the club for as much or as little as you can spare, all very welcome and much appreciated.

There will be a briefing at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th May which all volunteers should attend.

Many thanks to Fiona Brown for taking the lead on organising the reception for our guests this year.

Pontoons will be busy

While only a small number made it to Granton the last time due to the weather, if they all make it this time the EML pontoons will be an extremely busy place.

They are likely to start arriving any time from Wednesday night and will stay until Sunday so we could accumulate as many as 33 boats to be moored alongside. (4 of the biggest boats will stay at Leith.) Therefore would members please be courteous to our guests, and minimise their use of the pontoon during this period.

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