New IMS ranking list in Northern Europe

‘HSH Nordbank blue championship’ new IMS ranking list in Northern Europe…

Finals on Bornholm Island from 21 – 24 September

17 January 2006
– From June 2006 the ‘HSH Nordbank blue championship" will be the new and joint IMS ranking list for all Baltic countries, including Norway. The finals of the ‘HSH Nordbank blue championship’ will be sailed just off Allinge onBornholm Island. The races are well-known races in Scandinavia

The joint initiative of Northern European offshore representatives shows the potential, which lies in the idea’, says Patrick Lindqvist, co-initator of the championship. ‘We expect top-class racing in close proximity of the coast line, which will be broadcasted daily by Danish television TV2.’

Eligible to participate in the final races on Bornholm island are all IMS yachts, which register at the start of the season 2006 for the international ranking list ‘HSH Nordbank blue championship’ and participate in at least two of the below listed races. The winner of the finals carries the official title of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) ‘North European IMS Champion 2006.’

Points from the following races will count towards the ‘HSH Nordbank blue championship’:

09 – 11 June 2006                 Volvo Suursari Race, Espoo, Finland,
8 – 11 June 2006                   Helly Hansen Faerdern, Oslo, Norway,
17 – 25 June 2006                 Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany,
2 July 2006                              Eurocard Gotland Runt, Sandhamn, Sweden,
23 – 29 July 2006                    Swedish IMS Championship, Marstrand,Sweden,
8 – 13 August 2006                 IMS World Championship, Neustadt, Germany
8 – 10 September 2006          Norwegian Championship, Oslo, ,Norway
Already in 2004 Bornholm Island hosted the first international offshore race, promoted by the island’s marketing association. In this race the German yacht  ‘HLL Hanseatic Lloyd’ won ahead of the Swedish ‘DuSoleil’,  German  ‘Moonshine’ and the Swedish-Finnish team ‘Data Communication’.

Further information about the race are available at or

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