The first race of the season is in Skovshoved, Denmark - a former fishing village on the Øresund coast north of Copenhagen. It's been a popular seaside resort since the late 19th century, and has landmark buildings like the Skovshoved Beach Hotel and the Skovshoved Petrol Station.
The second race of the season is in Oslo, Norway, coinciding with the very popular Færder Racing Week. Here, the teams will be competing between the famous harbor district of Aker Brygge and the picturesque islands of the Oslo Fjord, under the watchful eye of the famous Akershus Castle.
The third race will be held in Marstrand, Sweden - a small island community often still referred to as a city despite having no more than 1300 residents. It was given city privileges as early as 1200, and was given free port status in the 17th century, when the Carlsten fortress was built on the island.
The fourth race of the season is in Hankø, Norway. Hankø used to be the private property of the Dano-Norwegian king, which he used to hunt deer. Now Hankø is known as an international sailing sports venue, where the J/70 Open Nordic Championship will be held at Grundig Hankø Race Week.
The fifth race is in Hellerup, Denmark, home of the famous Tuborg Brewery, which has been redeveloped into a seaside residential area, with lovely views of Øresund. Today, the area is home to a waterfront shopping center, a marina, and the headquarters of several large companies.
The sixth race goes down in Karlstad, Sweden. The capital of Värmland has both a university and a cathedral, and while it seems rather landlocked, its largest river, Klarälven, runs into Swedens largest lake, Vänern, giving Karlstad the second largest lake port in the country, after Västerås.
The seventh race takes us to Son, Norway - a tiny town halfway up the Oslofjord. During the 1600s, Son's harbor served as the point of transit for great amounts of timber that was floated down the rivers and sold to the Dutch. On old Dutch maps, the Oslofjord was maked as "Zoon Water".
The eighth and final race of the season - the Grunding Sailing Cup Finals of 2019 - takes place in Middelfart, Denmark. This ancient town is located at the narrowest point across the Little Belt. Since the 13th centuryt, Middlefart's played an important part as a maritime community and point of transit.