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Pantaenius Rund Skagen

On June 9, 2014, as part of the "Nordseewoche", the starting signal for the legendary Pantaenius Rund Skagen race will be given. About 80 Crews are expected to participate in the pursuit of a new course record in this year's edition of the Pantaenius Rund Skagen Race.Recognized as one of Europe's toughest offshore regattas, this race is ruthless. 510 nautical miles-spread out over three different estuaries-separate the start at Helgoland from the port of destination, Kiel. After the German shelf sea has been mastered, the route leads across the Skagerrak, Atlantic's tongue, until the competitors finally reach the ever unpredictable Baltic Sea.From blustering winds and heavy swells to freezing nights, participating yachts and their crews constantly face new challenges. Previous years' dropout rates offer clear proof of Pantaenius Rund Skagen's heavy demands on man and material. To assert yourself here, you need stamina, excellent seamanship skills-and most of all, tactical finesse. Yet,anyone who participates is rewarded with a memorable regatta experience, as well as bragging-rights associated with finishing a race that, in terms of prestige, ranks up there with the Sydney-Hobart, Newport-Bermuda and Fastnet Races as one of the world's most distinguished sailing races.To fulfill this type of offshore regatta's specific requirements, Pantaenius relies on the highest safety standards. For example, ISAF-certificated Survival at Sea courses are compulsory for a pre-defined percentage of each crews' members, as is close collaboration with local rescue services and voluntary assistants.Pantaenius offers all friends and relatives of racers, as well as avid sailors worldwide, the exclusive opportunity to follow the race with the help of the satellite-based tracking system, Yellowbrick. To do so, please visit: www.pantaenius.com or download the Yellowbrick App to your iOS or Android device. Whether following your favorites from a desktop computer at home or a mobile device while on the go, the current race status is easy to request in real time. To use Yellowbrick on your PC, you'll need an updated version of your browser. We recommend you do this before the start of the race so you don't miss one exciting minute of Pantaenius Rund Skagen.Pantaenius wishes all participants a successful race and fair winds.


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The Mount Everest of Offshore Racing

On June 30, 2014, Newport, Rhode Island will be the host for more than 200 ocean-going yachts and ambitious crews about to experience what some people call the "Mount Everest of Offshore Racing." When the cannon blasts at ten minutes past noon and the Newport-Bermuda Race begins, the air will crackle with excitement, and the crowd-thousands of spectators, families, friends and sailing enthusiasts who have gathered at the starting point-will roar.Racing from Newport to Bermuda involves sailing 635 nautical miles across one of the most challenging stretches of the Atlantic Ocean.  Depending on weather conditions, this is a race that can be won by large yachts, small yachts, or yachts falling somewhere in between. Of course, earning a coveted trophy at the finish line would be a dream come true, but just completing this race-known for its unpredictable weather and strong currents-is considered to be a feather in any sailor's cap.The Newport-Bermuda Race's competitive nature is especially appealing to adrenalin-hungry pros, who are eager to push their high-tech yachts to the edge of endurance and put their skills to a ruthless test. But this race is also a family event. Many compete as a "rite of passage", having sailed the course with their fathers and are now reliving the experience with their own sons and daughters on board. As a family owned business, Pantaenius is always eager to pass the passion for yachting on to younger generations, which makes us particularly proud to take part in this year's edition of the regatta.Pantaenius Yacht Insurance is the Tracker Sponsor for the Newport-Bermuda Race 2014,  providing the satellite-backed tracking system, Yellowbrick, which has already proven its reliability in various offshore races. Using this system, relatives, friends and sailing enthusiasts will have the chance to follow their loved ones who are participating, or easily keep up with the race's current status from their computers or any iOS and Android device. To use Yellowbrick just visit: www.pantaenius.com/tracking or simply download the Yellowbrick App onto your Smartphone or Tablet.Whether you are sailing along with the fleet or watch the start from the rocks above the lighthouse, Pantaenius wishes everyone an exciting racing experience and hopes that you enjoy our tracking service during the event.Fair winds and a safe race,

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