Fantastic final SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta prize giving

25 May 2014

Fantastic final SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta prize giving
The crew parade and final prize giving of the SCF Black Sea Regatta has taken place in Constanta, Romania today (Sunday 25 May).

After a busy morning of sports competitions, the crews of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta fleet this afternoon paraded through the port and into town to the Archaelogical Park in Constanta, Romania for the final prize giving ceremony of the month-long event.

There to present the awards was Robin Snouck Hurgronje, Race Chairman, Sail Training international,; Rear Admiral Chitac, Commander of the Naval Academy and Mr Comanescu, President of GSP Offshore.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Special prizes donated by Constanta Organising Committee

Best Class A ship in crew parade - Mircea (Romania)
Best Class B, C vessel in crew parade - Akela (Russia)
Ship making best contribution to sports activities - Nadezhda (Russia)
Ship that has sailed the greatest distance during the race series - Sedov (Russia)
Vessel showing greatest determination during the race series - Atyla (Netherlands)

Class prizes for Race 2, donated by Sail Training International

Class A
1st on corrected time -  Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
2nd on corrected time -  Nadezhda (Russia)
3rd on corrected time -  Mir (Russia)

Class B
1st on corrected time -  Johanna Lucretia (UK)
2nd on corrected time -  Bodrum (Turkey)
3rd on corrected time -  Adornate (Romania)

Class C
1st on corrected time - Akela (Russia)
2nd on corrected time - Sea Adventure (Bulgaria)

Additional prizes for Race 2, donated by Sail Training International

Sail Training International Communications Prize for Race 2 - Royal Helena (Bulgaria)

Best use of Social Media during the regatta - Dora Elena Simion, second year student of marine engineering on Mircea

Special Sail Training International Award
Having contributed significantly to the success of the Regatta by their whole-hearted participation, as the communications vessel for both races and also as start ship for Race 2 - Running on Waves (Malta)

Line honours
First vessel to cross the finish line in Race 2 - elapsed time of three days, nine hours, 25 minutes and 29 seconds - Akela (Russia)

1st Overall on Corrected time - Johanna Lucretia (UK)

Prizes for the Race Series - awarded by Sail Training International

Series Trophy for Class C - Akela (Russia)
Series Trophy for Class B - Johanna Lucretia (UK)
Series Trophy for Class A - Nadezhda (Russia)
overall series winner - Akela (Russia)

Sail Training International SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta Friendship Trophy
awarded to the ship which, in the opinion of the captains and crews of all the ships taking part in the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta series, has done most to promote international friendship and understanding.
Winner: Atyla (Netherlands)

Earlier in the day the sports competitions were held, fiercely contested but always friendly.  The results were as follows:

Tug of War
1st  Mircea
2nd  Sedov
3rd  Nadezhda

Relay Race
1st  Mircea
2nd  Sedov
3rd  Akela

Weighing Anchor
1st  Bodrum
2nd  Nadezhda
3rd  Akela

Rowing Race
1st  Nadezhda
2nd  Adornate
3rd  Royal Helena

Trophies for the sports competitions will be presented at the crew party this evening. 

At the end of the prize giving ceremony Mayor  of Constanta, Radu Ştefan Mazăre welcomed the crews to the city and presented a special city award to Mircea for her 75th birthday saying, "I welcome you all to our wonderful country but Mircea hasn't had many prizes so this is for her - but she is still a young ship and has plenty of time in the future."

Photo by Daniel Neagu

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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 www.sailtraininginternational.org

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 

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

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.
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