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Baltic Sea Circle - Winter 2023
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Discover the snow capped north
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16 days - 10 countries - 7500 km
No GPS. No highways. More adventure
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From -30 to +10 degrees
the coolest rally on the planet
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The Winter of your life time
7.500 km around the Baltic Sea
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THE NORTHERNMOST RALLY
IN THE WORLD: in Winter

Summer adventures checked off the list, and now you want to experience what winter has to offer? On the lookout for a totally new challenge, complete with ice and snow? Want to feel the authenticity of the Arctic’s naked wilderness and gritty metropolises? Then the world’s northernmost rally is for you: The Baltic Sea Circle – Winter Edition!

Discover the Northern Hemisphere on the ultimate winter road trip of your life. Hop in your adventure vehicle—minus GPS and navigation system—and make your way through 10 countries, covering 7,500 km and hitting the Arctic Circle as you ring the Baltic Sea at the most thrilling time of year in Northern Europe!

Your next big adventure starts here!

Rally data and application 2023

2023 Classic & Freshman:
18 February - 05 March 2023 
Registration is open!

Quickfacts - BALTIC RALLY WINTER EDITION

THE VEHICLE

Classic:
Old Schooler:
30+ years (30+ points*)
Youngtimer:
15+ years (15 points*)

Freshman & E-School:
Freshman:
0+ years (0 points*)
Electric ⚡️:
0+ years (20 points*)
*In the roadbook competition


NORTHERN LIGHTS

February & March are the best months to take in the bright spectacle of the Northern Lights—AKA the aurora borealis—in Northern Scandinavia.

Under clear skies, this is what you can look forward to:

  • 9 of 10 nights in the region Tromsø, northern Norway
  • 8 of 10 nights near Kiruna in northern Sweden
  • 7 of 10 nights in the Finnish Lapland

DAYLIGHT

Even in winter, the sun shines in the Arctic!

At the time the rally takes place (end of February/beginning of March), the days are already more than 10 hours long.

The sun rises at around 7 a.m. and sets around 5 p.m.

And at night under the moonlight, the snow shines brilliantly, too!


THE ROUTE

Starting Line and Finish Line in Hamburg
7,500 km in 16 days through

  • Scandinavia:
    Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland
  • Arctic Circle, Lapland & North Cape
  • Optional: Russia, incl. St. Petersburg
  • Baltic States:
    Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
  • Poland

LODGINGS

From setting up a makeshift camp right on a glacier, to sharing a log cabin with the local beavers, to booking a luxury hotel complete with a bottle of bubbly—anything goes! Choose your own lodgings depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.”

Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.

 


THE ROADWAY

The conditions of the roads during the rally couldn’t be any more unpredictable:

from dry asphalt lanes at 10 degrees C,
to snow-covered dirt roads
at minus 20 degrees C,
through to icy pothole parkour tours
at 0 degrees C.

Anything’s possible and there’s a little something for everyone!


THE RIGHT TIRES

Just as with any adventure rally—but especially in winter—choosing the right tires is a science unto itself.

Really good winter tires are an absolute must!

Whether you’re allowed to use spiked/studded tires depends on each country’s road regulations. If you want to cruise with spikes, you should wait until Scandinavia to put them on, as they are generally forbidden in Germany.


REGULATIONS

Codex

  • No GPS
  • No navigation system
  • No highways/motorways
  • More adventure!

Roadbook
The Roadbook awaits you and your team, filled with great suggestions for your trip in addition to cool challenges and opportunities for extra fun. The activities and tips in the Roadbook are just a bonus, not mandatory!


YOUR TEAM

How many members can a team have?
There’s no upper limit. All of you have to fit in the vehicle, however!

Charity:
Each team collects €750 for sustainable charity projects of their choice.

Entry fee:
A two-person team starts at €1.090.
Each additional member pays €300.


START EVENT

In February 2022 the rally starts in Hamburg. The event begins at 10am and the official start takes place between 11am and 1pm. 
On the evenings prior, all adventurers can already get to know each other at the pre-adventure-get-together and get in the mood for the upcoming adventures. The events will start around 6pm.
Of course, all friends and fans are welcome.


THE ROADBOOK

At the Starting Line of the BSC Winter Edition in Hamburg, your team will be given the Roadbook, which is packed with useful tips for your route, unbelievable challenges, and plenty of suggestions to maximize your fun and get the most out of your adventure.

The activities and adventures are best undertaken as a team. Creativity and a talent for improvisation are your best assets here!


PARTY TIME

Along the way around the frozen Baltic Sea we’re going to party like crazy together.

In the Arctic Circle we’ll meet for a test drive on an ice rally track and in the Baltic States we’ll pitch a tent together for a true winter-style fête. The exact party locations are staying our little secret up until the Rally Start….


LIVE TRACKING

With the SAC Live Tracking App for all rally teams, your friends, relatives and colleagues can follow your team live during the rally.

With the app you can view your driven route as well as rally statistics and add photos, videos and comments to the individual stages. You can also create a professionally designed photo book with all your rally memories after the rally.


THE WINNERS

In Hamburg we’ll celebrate the successful completion of the BSC Winter Edition with a big finish line event and of course we’ll crown the winners!

The winning team of the Baltic Sea Circle Winter Edition Roadbook Competition will earn a starting spot for a future SAC rally of their choice at a value of up to €1.090!

No obligations, just a load of possibilities!


PIMP YOUR TEAM

Creativity pays off!
Teams with extravagant costumes and eye-catching vehicle decorations will be awarded extra points by the rally jury.

Whether you dazzle your fellow drivers with slick racing stripes and fluttering flags or go full techie with flashing disco lights on your radiator, we’re looking forward to seeing how you bring it.
Anything goes as long as it’s street-legal.


RALLYE KIT

The Rally Kit has everything that belongs at an official rally:

  • rally vehicle branding with the official Baltic Rally Winter logos and your official rally starting numbers
  • rally hoodies
  • awesome additional BSC Winter merchandise

Your team will receive the Rally Kit 4 weeks before the Rally Start.


ENTRY FEE

The registration fee for the BSC Winter Edition is €1,090 for a two-person team. Each additional team member costs €300.

Additional team members can be added up to 1 month before the Rally Start.

The registration fee does not include the charitable donation of €750.


YOUR CHARITY

Round up €750 for great charity projects.
You can either collect for one of our selected charity partners or choose a charity project that has always been close to your heart. Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More


Covid-19

You can book your Adventure Rally with complete peace of mind. 

If the tour does not take place due to Covid-19, we will refund your entry fee or we will reschedule your entry (entry guarantee).

So you have all options!


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FAQ - Frequently adventured questions

Four vehicle classes:

1. Old Schooler: 30+ years (30+ points*)
2. Youngtimer: 20+ years (20 points*)
3. Freshman: 5+ years (0 points*)
4. Electric ⚡️: 0+ years (20 points*)
*In the roadbook competition

You can still sign up even if you haven’t gotten your vehicle yet. Until the start of the rally you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.

Look on the Internet or in the advertising section of your daily newspaper. On the relevant used car portals, you will find a wide selection of suitable and inexpensive vehicles. Or ask your grandmother if she lends you her old Mercedes for a spin. The vehicle does not have to be fixed at the time of registration. Until the start of the rally, you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.

The rally kicks off in the heart of Hamburg. The event will start at 10am. The official start will take place between 11am and 1pm.
We’ll let you know the exact address of all this action one month in advance. All adventurers can already get to know each other on the day prior at the pre-adventure-get-together and get in the mood for the upcoming adventures.
The event will start around 6pm. All friends, family and fans are welcome.

Along the way around the frozen Baltic Sea we’re going to party like crazy together.

In the Arctic Circle we’ll meet for a test drive on an ice rally track and in the Baltic States we’ll pitch a tent together for a true winter-style fête. The exact party locations are staying our little secret up until the Rally Start….

In Hamburg we will celebrate the successful completion of the Baltic Sea Circle with a big closing event and of course an award ceremony.

 

That’s up to you! How about just happily driving it home, you full of adventure and the car full of luggage, and rolling up in it again next year for the next rally?!

Accommodations are chosen and organized by each team.

From setting up a makeshift camp right on a glacier, to sharing a log cabin with the local beavers, to booking a luxury hotel complete with a bottle of bubbly—anything goes! Choose your own lodgings depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.”

Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.

At the official SAC party stop all teams pitch their tents together. Of course, you can also spend the night there in your own rally bus or truck.

In the road book there are always tasks that directly aim at sleeping in the tent. So pack your tent and sleeping bag, because "wild" camping is only a real adventure when you are in your tent...

The conditions of the roadways can vary considerably during the rally:

From paved roads through dense coniferous forests, to gravel roads up to glacier passes,
to the Russian slalom pothole roulette...

Everything is possible & there is something for every taste!

Each rally has its own Facebook group. There you can exchange ideas with other teams before, During and after the rally. 

The following topics are gladly discussed there:

  • Personal team introduction and presentation of your own charity project
  • Tips & tricks for the right equipment
  • Progress in pimping the rally car
  • Purchase and sale of proven rally vehicles
  • Search for other team members or a team to ride with

To the official Baltic Sea Circle group

Collect €750 for great charity projects.
The money can go to projects that we have carefully vetted to ensure that all contributions go where they should — to the people who truly need them. Or you are free to pick a charity project that has always been close to your heart.
Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More

Come up with something! Tell your friends, family, business partners, colleagues and sponsors about your commitment to great charity projects. Collect online via Social Media. Organize a flea market. Make a tombola. Get into the local press or organize a charity party. There are countless ways. Collecting donations is an adventure in itself. More

Create your personal donation collection pages at movember.com or any other online donation platform. Online donation platforms give you the opportunity to present your donation collection transparently and easily and to handle it online. All donations collected via movember.com or other online donation platforms directly benefit the SAC aid projects and organizations as well as your charity projects.

If you collect donations for your freely chosen heart project, please send us a donation receipt at the end of the donation campaign or at the latest at the end of the rally. This can also be done by email. More

In order to get even more support for your project and your fundraising, you are welcome to contact the press. Tell the local newspaper, radio or TV about your charity rally. So you might get even more donations and find additional sponsors.

Ask the workshop of your trust if your rally car will be ready for you. Ask at the shop on the corner whether he will provide you with the right equipment. Or get a rally haircut from your favourite hairdresser. In return, your sponsors can immortalize themselves on the rally car or you can include them on your website or in your press work. Here, too, there are countless possibilities.

You have found the right vehicle, you have your sponsors and now you want to visually pimp the car/van/motorbike. We give your creativity absolute freedom. There is only one thing to consider: a sticker with the official rally logo will appear on the driver and passenger doors as well as on the bonnet. Furthermore, two stickers with your starting number must be placed clearly visible on the vehicle. 

Dimensions of the stickers: 
Official rally logos: approx. 45 cm diameter 
Starting numbers: approx. 45 cm diameter

Yes, as soon as you have officially signed up a team for the rally. You can find the official rally and route logos in the rally news in the MySAC login area for download. As a signed up rally team you are also welcome to download pictures directly from the website (right mouse button, save picture as).

Please always refer to us for pictures and logos, especially if they are given to the press. Photo Credits: Superlative Adventure Club

Every team can be found in real time on the SAC Live Tracking map. For this we work together with the tracking specialists of FindPenguins and use the FindPenguins app. The app can be downloaded through the PlayStore for android phones and through the AppStore for iOS devices. 
The Live-Tracking map shows you the driven kilometres aswell as the current postion of every team in real time. SAC Live Tracking is of course optional for every team and can be turned off at any time.

All memories in one app - or as a foto album right to your home.
The FindPenguins app allows for every team to create a shared journey. That way all team members can add Fotos, Videos and comments to the respective stages aswell as seeing their detailed Route and Rally-Statistics. You can share each adventure with your friends, family, sponsors or the press via Link. In addition, you can also generate a professional foto album in a matter of seconds.

Offline tracking. Is that possible?
Yes, without any difficulty! Your phone captures your route as long as there's a GPS signal. The next time you're online that information will automatically be send to the server and your route will be up to date.

You’ve got to repair your vehicle! 

But don’t worry - even if you have no clue about technical workings, you’ll get your ride up and running again. This is how we know: 

  1. It’s part of the rally code of honour that teams help each other whenever necessary. There’s nearly always a fellow rally participant in close proximity who has enough technical know-how and the right tools to help you out. 
     
  2. If you’re really stranded way out in the sticks, don’t hesitate to ask for help from local people. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll encounter people more than willing to help out. Sometimes just a friendly smile and a couple of shared vodkas will do and before you know it, your motor will be running again…. 
     
  3. If everything else fails, your saving grace will be having registered for some kind of abroad insurance protection at one of the big auto associations.

Everything is open to the top! However, you must be at least 18 years old to be allowed to participate. Further, we point out that you should be in good physical condition. The participation in this adventure rally is not a coffee ride with an electric blanket.

You can easily register for your rally adventure in three quick steps.

  1. Log in to MySAC
  2. Afterwards, you can create a team in the "My Teams" section
  3. If you have successfully registered your team, you can book the rally for your team

Tip: 
You can change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures even after registration.

Yes, you can still change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures after registration. 
Simply log in with your team account and go to "My Teams". On your team page, you will also find your team members and can edit, delete or add their profiles.

In order to make a booking, you must first create a team. You can change the team data, the number of members and the name at any time.

The entry fee must be paid within 3 days to the SAC registration account, so that your starting spot is officially booked.

In case of a cancellation within the first 4 weeks after booking we will refund 100% of the entry fee.

Furthermore, you have the possibility to secure the entry fee for your starting spot through our ticket protection, should something unexpected, such as a serious illness or pregnancy occur.

Should you not be able to participate in the rally for any other reason, we also offer you the possibility to rebook your starting spot for another year or another rally. For this we charge 250 € reactivation fee. A rebooking is possible until 4 weeks before the start of the rally.

As a further option you can also pass on your starting spot to a third party. If friends, relatives or acquaintances take over your starting spot, please inform us directly via e-mail about the changes. You can then change the team data yourself in the team area under MySAC.

It's possible to book a ticket protection for the entry fee. If due to an unexpected event, for example a bad illness or pregnancy, you can't participate in the rally, you'll get a refund. Yo can find more information about insurance options in the Rallye-News section in MySac.

In addition to the entry fee there are additional costs for food, accommodation, petrol, possible ferry crossings or tolls.

The amount depends on you and your budget and the thirst of your car. To give you an idea of your individual travel costs, here is a rough overview of the travel costs per day for a team of 2 people: 

Fuel costs:
approx. 1,50€ per liter

Calculation example:
1,50€ × 8 liters per 100 km × 400 km = 48 € a day.

Accommodation:

Overnight stay in the open air, in a tent, vehicle or with new friends: 0€.
From campsite to luxury hostel: 15€ to 150+€

Catering:

Hunters, Collectors, Fishermen: 0€
Self-catering from the supermarket: 30€
Gourmets and restaurant testers: 60+€

Other costs:

Depending on the route chosen, additional costs for road and bridge tolls, ferry crossings or speeding tickets from 100€ - 250+€ may be incurred on the entire route.

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