Excited crews prepare for Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta

09 October 2013

Excited crews prepare for Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta
The international Tall Ships fleet racing in the Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta will cross the start line tomorrow (Thursday 10 October) – for the first international Tall Ship Race to be held in the southern hemisphere.

The fleet of seven vessels will be racing one thousand miles across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, New Zealand.
The Tall Ships will undock from Darling Harbour around 1000 (local time) that morning and are expected to reach Middle Head just after midday.  The crews will then prepare their ships, and manoeuvre into position, in readiness for the official race start between Sydney’s North and South Heads at 1400, Thursday 10 October.  They will be followed by a further seven Tall Ships and many spectator craft from the local sailing community.

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, “Spectators watching from the harbor and foreshore will enjoy an historical and spectacular treat. 
“Competition amongst the Tall Ships is expected to be keen and the international captains and crews will be driving their Tall Ships hard all the way to the finish line off the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. 

“Once in New Zealand many exciting prizes will be awarded in Auckland at the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday 26 October, including the first ship to cross the finish line and the winning ship on corrected time. This will be calculated using our unique rating (handicap) system that puts Tall Ships on an equal footing and provides all crews with a chance of winning.”

Stephen Moss, Race Chairman commented, “Tall Ships from the northern hemisphere rarely visit Australia, and the Australian Sail Training Association is proud to host them as part of our 2013 International Tall Ship Festival - the first such event in a generation, and a unique opportunity to promote sailing and sail training on the national stage.”

Follow the fleet
All racing ships have individual satellite transponders so their ‘live positions’ can be followed here as the race unfolds.

Meet the crews
Watch video interviews with the crews as the prepare to race here 
For more information visit International Tall Ship Festival 

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For more information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International, Charles House, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, Hampshire, UK  PO12 1AH  

Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 6367   Email: sally.titmus@sailtraininginternational.org

Editor’s notes:

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.

A two-minute film can be seen here.

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 Ship 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.

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