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Helga Cup 2023

6 – 9 June 2023

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 and 2021 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 2024

Helga Cup – short facts

  • Date: 6 – 9 June 2024 – TOP 10 Event of the City of Hamburg

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

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


Thursday, 06.06.2024 

10.00 – 16.00 Helga Cup Training

14.00 – 20.00 Check in

14.00 – 17.00 Sailing with Ukrainian children in cooperation with the Consulate General of Ukraine  

From 18.00 Pre Opening and discussion of sailing instructions – hosted by HSC Women at the Hamburg Sailing Club

Friday, 07.06.2024 

08.00 – 10.00 Check

10.30 Skippers briefing

First start planned 12.00 hrs

„Helga Cup“ sailing until approx. 19.00 hrs

Official opening Helga Cup 2024 approx. 20.00 hrs with Senator Grote

Followed by a meal together

Saturday, 08.06.2024

„Helga Cup“ sailing from approx. 9.30 am

„Helga Cup“ sailing until approx. 7.30 pm

Livestream 12.00 – 16.00 hrs –

Dinner approx. 19.30 hrs

Sunday, 09.06.2024 

„Helga Cup“ sailing from approx. 9.30 am

Livestream 12.00 -16.00

Final „Helga Cup“ approx. 14.30/15.00 hrs

Award ceremony „Helga Cup“ approx. 16.30 hrs


Helga Cup – Join the biggest regatta for female sailors worldwide!

You can download our teaser paper with all informations in english here.

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 since 2018.
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 expect to have a total of 81 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 2021 was extremely big. We welcomed more than 60 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 2022 we will have beginners, cruising sailors, sailors from the German National Sailing team, students and senior yachtswomen participating in this years´ „Helga Cup“.

Until December 7th 2022 we had offered preferential conditions for registration to the crews who had participated in las years´ Helga 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 81 crews can participate, making the NRV and the Alster Lake brim to the rim – „completely sold out!“ – so to speak.

Registration J70

The registration fee is €390.00 (until February 1st, 2024) and €450.00 (from February 2nd, 2024) for 4 sailors and €100.00 for each additional team member
Note: The Helga Cup is sailed with 4 crew members, another team member can be there as a floater or backup
You get at least 10 pictures of the water plus team photos on land, costs: € 100.00 per team
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Registration S/V14

The registration fee is €190.00 (until December 31, 2023) or €250 (from January 1, 2024) for 2 sailors and €100.00 for each additional crew member.
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