Sailing will take place on the Alster like in 2018. The city as a stadium and the Alster as a playing field proved their worth at the "Helga Cup 2018".
The Alster is located in the centre of Hamburg and attracts a large audience. Hardly any other place offers such a superficial opportunity to present sailing in the middle of the city. In the background at least Elbphilharmonie and Michl greet each other, Alster steamers pass by and convey to every Hamburg tourist, no matter how far away, "here is something going on, here is sailing, in the middle of the city.
The Helga Cup is at home in the North German Regatta Club, whose district is the Alster in the middle of the million metropolis Hamburg. The NRV is one of the oldest and most successful sailing clubs in Germany.
At the Helga Cup short races between 10 and 12 minutes are sailed. This is a very easy to follow and understand format, also for non-sailors.
For each placement there are points, the better the placement, the more points you get. At the end the crews with the most points will sail out the victory in a final race.
To compensate for any inequalities in the boats, the crews are exchanged every two to three races. In the race-free times the crews are on land, can relax and participate in the landing events.
The interest to get a starting place for 2019 is incredibly big. We currently have about 30 applications from all over the world. Teams from the USA, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Sweden have already confirmed their participation or will do so when the registration routine opens. Also in 2019 beginners, cruising sailors, sailors from the national team, pupils and senior citizens will take part in the "Helga Cup".
We gave the 62 crews from 2018 a preferential entry until June 25th, 57 teams accepted this option and already registered for the "Helga Cup" 2019. In 2019 we will bring a Hamburg student crew from a cooperation of the NRV with a school to the start and prepare accordingly before with trainings for the Cup.
"Sporting Hamburg" and the magazine "Yacht" have launched a reader campaign. Both magazines will send crews into the race for the "Helga Cup".
In total 96 crews will be able to participate, then the NRV and the Alster will be really full: "completely sold out!" - so to speak.