A well-deserved farewell for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, whose fleet had previously raced across the Atlantic from Bermuda to Hamburg.
It was a spectacular scene when the legendary luxury ship EUROPA 2 positioned herself in front of the iconic Elbphilharmonie on July 29, 2018. About 30 yachts passed her as part of the farewell parade of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR). Leading the fleet: Malizia – Yacht Club Monaco with German skipper Boris Herrmann, who was first ship home at the AAR as well. Just a few boat lengths behind: Varuna, the fastest yacht after corrected time, and thereby winner of the Bermuda Hamburg leg of the regatta. In the days prior, participating crews were celebrated during festive receptions with prominent attendees from the world of politics and society. A ‘grande finale’ for this unique transatlantic regatta, which was initiated to honour the 150th jubilee of the Norddeutschen Regatta Verein. “The maritime hotspot Hamburg, and the
German coastline in general, are a surprisingly rare destination for the international offshore elite and transatlantic races”, comments Arne Hirsch, CEO of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. “The birthday of the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein provided the ideal platform to set up this regatta, honouring the local yacht club, and approaching Hamburg’s HafenCity with a high-quality fleet.”