Esimit Europa 2 continues its winning run by taking line honours at AF Offshore Race

Esimit Europa 2 continues its winning run by taking line honours at AF
Offshore Race

"Mission Baltic" accomplished with distinction: Esimit Europa 2, the overall
winner and monohull course record holder at Germany's Kieler Woche and winner
of the largest Scandinavian regatta, AF Offshore Race

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - After more
than 40 hours of sailing at the 350 nautical mile long AF Offshore Race in
Sweden, Esimit Sailing Team crossed the finish line first on 2nd July at 3:33
am and therefore secured their 22nd line honours. Skipper Jochen Schümann, who
led the Esimit Sailing Team to its second success after breaking the monohull
course record at the Welcome Race at Kieler Woche only one week before, was
pleased with the performance of the yacht and its team at the ÅF Offshore
Race. "It was an exciting race for me, one of the most enjoyable I ever
attended. We have started with very light winds in Stockhlom, but kept the
good pace throughout the archipelago. Unfortunately, despite adequate depth of
water, as many other boats, we hit an underwater rock, which was not marked in
the navigation maps. Despite the accident, which caused a sudden stop of
yacht's movement, we haven't noticed any major damage and were able to
continue racing towards the Gotland Island. Immediately after rounding it, the
wind died down and we entered several dead calms. Fortunately, we picked up
some good breeze for the last 120 nautical miles, pushed the yacht to its
limits and secured line honours. I would like to congratulate our crew members
for their performance, they have proved once again their true skills and
professionalism and I am very much looking forward to the upcoming races in
the United Kingdom."

Fleet of 248 boats, divided into 9 classes, embarked on 30th June at 11:00 am
from Stockholm. European flagged maxi racer has started in the ORC A class
with the rest of the fleet, including a 100-foot Swedish super maxi, TP52s and
other yachts, multiple winners of most renowned races. Before the start, Igor
Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, met with mayor of Stockholm,
Sten Nordin. In their discussion in occasion of opening of the race and
mayor's visit of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht, Sten Nordin expressed his
intention of visiting Italian city of Trieste for the Barcolana race. On this
occasion Simčič presented also the initiative to organize a meeting of mayors
of European cities. "It was my honour meeting Mr. Nordin and all the people in
Sweden who came to visit our yacht. We are leaving Sweden with great joy in
our hearts and I am satisfied with what we have shown there. We haven't done
any single mistake during the race, therefore I would like to congratulate my
skipper Jochen Schümann and the rest of the crew for the great performance.
All the races in the Baltic Sea were very much different from those in the
Mediterranean, but we have prepared ourselves in the best possible way,"
stated Igor Simčič.

After its performance in Sweden, the 30-meter canting keel beauty will attend
Cowes Week and famous Rolex Fastnet Race in the UK before returning to the
Mediterranean for 4 races in October – Bernetti Lombardini Cup, Barcolana,
Rolex Middle Sea Race and Medot Sailing Trophy.

Esimit Europa 2 sails under the flag of the European Union, competes for the
Slovenian Sailing Federation and Yacht Club de Monaco and promotes the sailing
values of teamwork, solidarity, innovation and collaboration. Main sponsor is
the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner. The
Esimit Europa project is under the patronage of the President of the European
Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the
President of the European Parliament, and Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of
the Russian Federation.

Gorazd Mauri
+39 366 675 90 92

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