Blue sky celebrations for The Tall Ships Races 2014

04 July 2014

Blue sky celebrations for The Tall Ships Races 2014
Today (Friday 4 July) under glorious blue skies, The Tall Ships Races 2014 fleet looked magnificent in the intimate surroundings of the city of Harlingen, Friesland, The Netherlands.   

Huge crowds enjoyed the spectacle of the first, colourful crew parade of The Tall Ships Races 2014.   And trainees from the fleet enjoyed taking part in a wide range of sports activities - see Facebook photo gallery here.

Roel Sluiter, Mayor of Harlingen joined Robin Snouk Hurgronje, Race Chairman, Sail Training International in presenting prizes to vessels for the following awards.

Harlingen prizes
Inter-ship sports activities –Volleyball
Overall winner – Mir (Russia)

Inter-ship sports activities – Football
Overall winner – ORP Iskra (Poland)

Inter-ship sports activities – Bungee rowing
Overall winner – Kruzenshtern (Russia) 

Inter-ship sports activities – Tug of war
Overall winner – Mir (Russia)

Inter-ship sports activities –  Kaatsen/Hand tennis
Overall winner – Europa (Netherlands)

Inter-ship sports activities – Multi-sports challenge 
Overall winner – Wilhelmstad (Poland)

Environmental prize – Europa (Netherlands)

The environmental prize is linked to the Blue Flag scheme, an STI initiative to support marine protection and conservation 

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, “Europa upheld the principles and special regulations of the Blue Flag scheme with exemplary good practice around the world, which included sailing to the continent of Antarctica, where environmental restrictions are particularly tight.”

STI prizes

Best crew in the Crew Parade Class A (as judged by the Harlingen Port Committee – ORP Iskra (Poland)

Best crew in the Crew Parade Classes  B, C and D  (as judged by the Harlingen Port Committee) – Morning Star of Revelation (UK)

Most spectacular arrival into Harlingen - Europa (Netherlands) 

Best presented ship alongside in Harlingen – Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)

Vessel furthest from her home port – Atyla (Netherlands)
Netherlands registered, but based in Ibiza, Spain and recently returned from The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta.

Oldest vessel in the fleet - Leader (UK).  Year launched: 1892 (122 years old)

News from around the port
Avatar (Netherlands) enjoyed a smashing champagne launch for it’s ‘re-birth/christening’ following a major refurbishment to turn her into a stylish, sail training vessel.   

A former wooden German ship, built as a war vessel in 1941, she was rebuilt in steel in 1954 in Holland.  The present owner, Captain Andre Hanzens bought her in a dilapidated state in 2010 and completely rebuilt her in Harlingen.   “This is my dream turned into reality,” said Andre.   “I worked on Wylde Swann and Tecla and The Tall Ships Races 2014 is my first event for the vessel having only completed the work ten weeks ago.  I have 12 trainees on board and am very much looking to the sail training opportunities that the vessel presents.”

Avatar is hoping to take part in Sail Training International’s  trans -Atlantic race in 2017 – the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Quebec-Canada.

See the Facebook photo gallery of the event here 

Photo: Europa (Netherlands) - Harlingen Parade of Sail into port.

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For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International on +44 (0)23 9258 6367.

About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ships Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship

What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.

For more information about the event visit Sail Training International 

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