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The Ocean Race Europe Prologue Stage 2 Preview: Gdynia, Stockholm

by Team Childhood I 12 May 01:48 PDT
Preview Stage 2: Gdynia, Stockholm - The Ocean Race Europe Prologue © Sander van der Borch

Wednesday morning Swedish - Dutch Team Childhood I and the three other Volvo 65's set course for Stockholm, Sweden. This second stage of the Prologue brings the fleet from Gdynia, Poland to Stockholm, Sweden. For Team Childhood I, it means sailing "home" to Sweden.

The expectations are that the teams need about a day and a half to reach Stockholm. Ahead of this second stage of the Prologue, we looked ahead with some of the sailors.

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED): "The beginning of this leg will be about boat handling. The middle part will be all about boat speed. We expect that the key to success will lie in the end.

Julius Hallström (SWE): "It's gone be a tough one. Leaving Gdynia, we have a nice breeze from behind. But that one is gone drop and change into a pretty strong wind from the North-East. For the last part to Stockholm, we expect light winds. Tricky, especially when everyone is tired."

Hallström (SWE): "Arriving in Stockholm will be very nice; I expect a lot of friends and family coming down and welcoming us with open arms."

Arianne van de Loosdrecht (NED): "It looks like a good bit of downwind and reaching fun this time with some light winds at the end! Hopefully, we'll have some more of the close and intense racing like we did in the last leg. We're ready for it!"

Prologue Crewlist:

    1. Jelmer van Beek (NED) - co-skipper
    2. Rutger Vos (NED)
    3. Max Deckers (NED)
    4. Laura van Veen (NED)
    5. Arianne van de Loosdrecht (NED)
    6. Lars van Stekelenborg (NED)
    7. Robin Jacobs (NED)
    8. Julius Hallström (SWE)
    9. Matt Whitehead (SA)
    10. Pieter Jan Postma (NED)
    11. E.J. van Housselt (NED) - skipper

The Prologue is used by the teams in preparation for The Ocean Race Europe, starting at the end of this month in Lorient, France.

Follow the fleet from Gdynia to Stockholm on the tracker

There is a live stream from the start in Gdynia.

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