The Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta fleet got off to a great start today (Thursday 10 October) between Sydney’s North and South Heads.
The local weather forecasts had predicted record temperatures for October of up to 39 degrees, but the fresh north westerly winds made it an ideal sailing day for the international crews.
Tecla (Netherlands) got off to a great start and was followed closely by local vessel Young Endeavour (Australia), which crossed the start line just 54 seconds later.
Great crowds of spectators and several TV helicopters were out to witness the first international Tall Ships Regatta to be run in the Southern Hemisphere, organised by Sail Training International.
The racing vessels were joined by a pair of whales – a sign of good luck to many people - adjacent to the start line. And with over a thousand miles of racing ahead of them across the Tasman Sea, the crews are likely to see a lot more sea life before they cross the finish line.
The ships are expected to arrive in New Zealand around Saturday 19 October.
Follow the fleet
All racing ships have individual satellite transponders so their ‘live positions’ can be followed here
as the race unfolds.
Keep up to date with the latest race results here.
Meet the crews
Watch video interviews with the crews as they prepared to race here
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.