Polish vessels make strong start in Race Two

29 August 2011

Polish vessels make strong start in Race Two

Under dramatic skies the second race of the Culture 2011 Regatta started at 0600hrs UTC  today, some seventy miles from Turku, south of the island of Uto. The fleet had made their way there throughout the course of yesterday evening after the Parade of Sail.

The wind was S-SW 20 knots, and gusting up to 30 knots in the frequent squalls.

First across the line in Class A was Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) followed by Dar Mlodziezy (Poland).  Sedov (Russia) made a dramatic start, but Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands) had to use her engines to keep clear of her. 

The B, C & D class vessels shared a start time fifteen minutes after the gate had closed for Class A’s.  First across was Race One winner, Fujimo (USA) from Class D, followed by Class C vessel 4 Oceans’ Dream (Poland) with another Class D vessel, Lady B (Poland) crossing third. 

The start was conducted from the Finnish Navy vessel, Hameenmaa, at the windward end of the line and the Polish Navy vessel, Lublin, at the leeward end.  Lublin is also the communications vessel for the race, with two Sail Training International communications officers onboard. 

Camelot (Poland) unfortunately did not start as she is experiencing engine problems.  However the racing rules allow them to start within 24 hours of the published start time so they are planning to join the race and be on the first radio schedule, due at 1615hrs UTC this afternoon.

Pic:  Thalassa (Netherlands) and Kruzenshtern (Russia) cross the start line

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To track the fleet in real time and see the positions on the water, click here

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International.

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