Charity brings international friendship to the Black Sea

03 April 2014

Charity brings international friendship to the Black Sea
Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sail Training International, is promoting international friendship and understanding in the Black Sea this May with the spectacular SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta.

Sponsored by Sovcomflot (SCF) - one of the world’s largest shipping companies - the event supports SCF’s social responsibility to support young people in maritime professions and bolsters the interest for the maritime industry among Russia’s youth.

Sail Training International is bringing twenty-three vessels (including eight Russian and two Ukrainian) to the region, to race from Varna, Bulgaria to Novorossisyk, Russia; cruise to Sochi, Russia and then race in a final leg to Constanta, Romania.

The International Tall Ships fleet represents eleven different nationalities – Bulgaria, Russia, Malta, Netherlands, Pakistan, Ukraine, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK. 

Sail training adventure
The vessels will be sailed by over 1000 trainees from around the world, all taking part in the adventure activity of sail training, confronting demanding challenges at sea, both physical and emotional. 
Sail Training is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility and promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships find it a positive life-changing experience.

Winter Olympic legacy
The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta is part of the sporting legacy of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, supported by President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Viktor Olersky said, “The Sochi 2014 Games rejuvenated the city of Sochi and contributed to the economic, cultural and environmental development of the entire Krasnodar Region. It has left an invaluable legacy and the arrival of the international SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta fleet shows that.”

Making maritime history
Robin Snouck-Hurgronje, Event Chairman, Sail Training International, said, “This special event is also making its mark in the maritime history books. The largest sail training ship in the world, Sedov (Russia) is joining three other Russian ships in the race - Mir, Kruzenshtern, Nadezhda - to sail and race against each other for the first time in maritime history.”

Event and race dates:
Varna, Bulgaria Wednesday 30 April  - Saturday 3 May
Race 1
Novorossiysk, Russia Friday 9 – Monday 12 May
Sochi, Russia Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 May
Race 2
Constanta, Romania Saturday 24 – Tuesday 27 May

The event is the first of three Tall Ship race events being held this year. 

This summer The Tall Ships Races in the North Sea will see up to 100 international Tall Ships visiting The Netherlands, Norway and Denmark.  Then late August, early September up to 50 international Tall Ships will be taking part in the Falmouth – Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. 

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Photos and interview opportunities: Available on request

Editor’s notes:

About Sovcomflot
Sovcomflot Group is Russia's largest shipping company and one of the world's leading energy transporters.  

It is the lead sponsor of The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, 30 April – 27 May 2014, and was previously sponsor of The Tall Ships Races 2009. 

Its mission is to be the leading international energy shipping company, offering a full range of seaborne energy solutions to its customers, based on advanced shipping technologies and innovations, achieving long-term sustainability of growth and profits through a socially responsible industrial shipping model. The company’s fleet specialises in hydrocarbon transportation from regions with challenging icy conditions and includes 158 vessels with a combined deadweight of over 12 million tonnes. A third of these vessels have a high ice class. SCF supports large-scale offshore energy projects in Russia and overseas. The company is registered in Saint Petersburg and has representative offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, Madrid, Singapore and Dubai.

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 

For more information contact Sally Titmus, Media Director, Sail Training International, Charles House, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, Hampshire, UK  PO12 1AH  

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 6367   Email:


Pauline Appleby, Media Manager Tel: +44 (0) 7785 567487 Email:

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