Race 1 is starting to take shape with some exciting battles playing out as old rivalry is rekindled, particularly in Class A between Mir and Dar Mlodziezy.
Paul Bishop, Race Director, The Tall Ships Races 2012 provides his own commentary on how the race is unfolding so far:
"There are some exciting battles playing out. Dar Mlodziezy
has been steadily closing on her arch rival Mir who has led in Class A since the start and Mir
has responded over the past few hours by going more to the west to cover her, placing herself between Dar Mlodziezy
and the next waypoint.
Ocean Spirit of Moray has overhauled Ebb Tide and is currently the closest vessel to the finish with 433 miles to go. Ebb Tide is just half a mile behind her but is upwind which should give her back the advantage when the wind backs to the SW. Rona II is chasing them hard"
The fleet have continued to enjoy favourable NW winds overnight and are
making good progress but the weather forecast dictates that they are likely to slow down over the next
24hrs. Winds are predicted to ease at first before backing and
strengthening to an unfavourable SW.
The Tall Ships Races 2012, Presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International is taking place in the following host ports:
St Malo - Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 July (race start Monday 9 July)
Lisbon - Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 July
Cadiz - Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July
A Coruña - Friday 10 to Monday 13 August
Dublin - Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 August
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