Over 3,000 crew members from 103 ships, representing 37 different countries - that’s the scale of the event that paraded through the streets of Helsinki today.
The international crew gathered in front of the main event stage and were greeted by the Mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen and Christer Samuelsson, Event Chairman of The Tall Ships Races 2013 from Sail Training International.
The following eagerly awaited prizes were then awarded:
Most spectacular arrival into Helsinki – Cuauhtemoc (Mexico)
Best presented ship and crew – Shabab Oman (Oman)
Best crew in the Crew Parade Class A – Morgenster (Netherlands)
Best crew in the Crew Parade Class B, C, D – De Gallant (Netherlands)
Youngest Crew – Mir (Russia) 109 trainees and crew under 26 years old
Most International Crew – Christian Radich (Norway).
Fourteen nationalities (Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, Italy, France, USA)
Youngest Captain – Tomasz Andraszewicz (20 years old) from Urtica (Poland)
Winner of the Inter Crew Sports Competition – Mir (Russia)
1st in Class A (Race one) - Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
2nd in Class A (Race one) – Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
3rd in Class A (Race one) – Georg Stage (Denmark)
1st in Class B (Race one) - Morning Star of Revelation (UK)
2nd in Class B (Race one) – Maybe (UK)
3rd in Class B (Race one) – Rupel (Belgium)
1st in Class C (Race one) - Ebb Tide (UK)
2nd in Class C (Race one) – St Iv (Estonia)
3rd in Class C (Race one) – Dar Szczecina (Poland)
1st in Class D (Race one) – Akela (Russia)
2nd in Class D (Race one) – Tomidi (Belgium)
3rd in Class D (Race one) – Theia (Finland)
Overall winner on corrected time (Race one) – Morning Star of Revelation (UK) Three days, four hours, 43 minutes, seven seconds
Line honours (Race one) – Tomidi (Belgium); Three days, 11 hours, 24 minutes
Communications Prize – Shabab Oman (Oman)
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.
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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