Helga Cup 2020

11.-14. Juni 2020

The „Helga Cup“ 2018 on the Alster Lake in Hamburg has been a sailing event for „every woman“ addressing sailing women from all over Europe regardless of their sailing background and capacity/performance.  In 2019 the Helga Cup was be much bigger. As a TOP 10 Event and partner of "Hamburg Active City", we have the support of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In 2019 we managed to show the people of Hamburg and the rest of the world how attractive sailing can be when implemented right in the centre of a big city… Let's do this again in 2020

Helga Cup 2020 - short facts -

  • Date: june 11th to 14th 2020 - TOP 10 Event of the City of Hamburg

  • Venue: Lake Alster in Hamburg
  • Hosting Club: NRV  with organizer Sven Jürgensen

  • Particpants: Helga Cup 2020 – max. 96 Crews with approx. 420 female sailors

  • Entry: by online registration plus wild cards for selected international crews


Sailing Instructions

You can download the latest version of the sailing instructions at Manage2Sail.


The venue

The regattas/races will be sailed on the Alster Lake. Just like last year the City as a background and the Alster Lake as the sailing waters have successfully been used in 2018 already.
The Alster Lake is located right in the city centre of Hamburg and attracts large numbers of spectators. Hardly any other place offers such a wonderful opportunity to present sailing in the middle of a big city. Hamburg’s latest landmark the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall and St. Michaels´ Church spire can be seen in the background. Passing Alster excursion boats let tourists realise that something is going on here – sailing in the middle of the city.


NRV - the sailing club

Just like last year Norddeutscher Regatta Verein is once more the hosting club of Helga Cup. As mentioned before the Alster Lake in the centre of the City of Hamburg are the prime sailing waters of the NRV. The Club is one of the oldest and at the same time most successful sailing clubs in Germany.


The boats

Boats and sails will be provided by the NRV. There is no need for the participants to bring their own equipment. Thanks to the commitment of Mittelmann's Werft, the exclusive sales partner for Germany and Denmark of J-boats, we will now be able to sail the Helga Cup 2019 in three fleets of J/70s. We expect to have a total of 90 crews at the starting line. The large number of registrations received at this time is already overwhelming.


Regatta format

Short races of between 10 and 12 minutes each will be sailed during this years´ Helga Cup. This is a format easy to follow and understand also for non-sailors.

Each position in the race is awarded points – the better the position the more points are credited. At the end the crews with the most points will participate in the final race to determine the winner.

In order to eliminate deviations in the boats every two to three races the crews will change boats. When not racing the crews can retire to the club house to recuperate or can participate in on-shore events.  


Crews - beginners as well as pros

The interest to participate in the Helga Cup 2019 is extremely big. At this time we have received more than 80 registrations by female teams from all over the world. Crews from the USA, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and Sweden have already confirmed their participation. Also in 2019 we will have beginners, cruising sailors, sailors from the German National Sailing team, students and senior yachtswomen participating in this years´ "Helga Cup".

Until June 25th 2018 we had offered preferential conditions for registration to the 62 crews who had participated in las years´ Helga Cup. 57 teams have made use of this option and have already registered for the "Helga Cup" 2019. This year a Hamburg High School student team will be at the start and will also participate in practice races to prepare for the Cup.

"Sporting Hamburg" and the boating magazine "Yacht" have nominated teams of female readers. Both magazines will have crews at the start of the "Helga Cup".  
All in all a total of 96 crews can participate, making the NRV and the Alster Lake brim to the rim - "completely sold out!" - so to speak.

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