47th Denmark Race sails off Sunday
Stamford, CT, United States (4E Sports) – Close to a hundred sailboats 21 feet or more in length are expected to answer the starting call when the 47th edition of the Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race begins Sunday off the Stamford shoreline.
Set to begin at 10:30 a.m., the race is sponsored by the Stamford Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Stamford Sail and Power Squadron and the Consulate General of Denmark.
“For the past 47 years, the talents and resources of the Stamford Yacht Club, The Stamford Sail and Power Squadron, the Royal Danish Yacht Club and the Consulate General of Denmark have partnered to host a premier sailing regatta that fosters a fantastic relationship between the City of Stamford and Denmark while promoting Stamford’s maritime heritage,” said Valeur-Jensen Race committee chair Chris Hansen.
Started by the Danish Foreign Ministry and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce in 1966, the event originated as part of a week-long commercial promotion and cultural exchange called the Stamford Denmark Friendship Week.
Since then, the Denmark Race, a day-race featuring sail boats 21 feet or more in length, has evolved into one of the most-anticipated sailing events in the world. One time, it attracted over 300 participants.
The first race had 21 entries and the winners received a case of Danish beer. In the past, 80 to 90 racing yachts have participated in the event.
The Stamford Yacht Club has agreed to host the event after developing a close relationship with the Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY).
In the past, several Danish royalties have visited Stamford to participate in the race while Stamford Yacht Club sailors joined extraordinary sailing events in Copenhagen in return.