Despite heavy downpours this afternoon, after three weeks of glorious weather, the final crew parade and prize giving took place this evening in La Spezia. The pavements became a sea of umbrellas as the crews made their way through the town, singing and dancing as they went.
They finally came to a halt at the square outside the port building which has been used as the crew centre and race offices for the final prize giving of the Regatta. The prizes were presented by the mayor of La Spezia, Mr Frederig Massimo, and the Race Chairman, Mr Chris Bickert.
After the ceremony the crews returned to their ships to dry off before returning to the square for the crew party, where they will be celebrating their success and toasting the end of what has been a fabulous regatta.
Prizes were awarded as follows:
Class prizes for Race Two were kindly donated by the city of La Spezia
1st La Grace (Czech Republic) - pictured
2nd Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
3rd Mir (Russia)
1st Bodrum (Turkey)
2nd Far Barcelona (Spain)
3rd Pandora (Italy)
1st Cybele (France)
2nd Galaxie (Spain)
3rd Aldebaran (France)
1st Akela (Russia)
2nd Stella Polare (Italy)
3rd Miles to Go (Belgium)
Communications prize: Kilil (UK)
Line honours: Stella Polare
1st overall on corrected time: La Grace
Special awards from the city of La Spezia
Best crew in crew parade: Class A - Amerigo Vespucci (Italy)
Best crew in crew parade: Class B/C/D - Atyla (Russia)
Most international crew in Race 2: Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands)
Youngest average age crew in Race 2: Pandora (21.37 years)
Race series awards for the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013
1st overall race series on corrected time, Class D: Akela
1st overall race series on corrected time, Class C: Galaxie
1st overall race series on corrected time, Class B: Pandora
1st overall race series on corrected time, Class A: La Grace
Fastest elapsed time in race series: Akela
Friendship trophy: Adornate (Rumania)
(awarded to the vessel, that in the opinion of the other captains and crews, have contributed most towards international friendship and understanding during the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013.
Full race results can be seen here
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