After several postponements, Race One of The Tall Ships Races 2010 finally got underway at 17.30 hrs UTC/GMT on 14 July, with the Class A ships making slow progress in the light south-easterly winds. The heavy rain clouds that had hampered the start finally cleared away leaving a lovely sunny evening.
Some ships crossed the line early but Alexander von Humboldt (Germany) (pic) was officially the first across the line, followed by Pelican of London (UK) and Tenacious (UK) on exactly the same time. Provident (UK) was the first Class B vessel over the line, followed by Constantia (Sweden) and Utopia (Denmark).
Zenobe Gramme (Belgium) and Miles to Go (Belgium) were first across the line in Class C and D respectively.
All vessels are now headed for waypoint one, 26 miles from the start, where they should pick up stronger winds as they head off towards Aalborg in Denmark, the next port of call.
At 19.30 hrs UTC/GMT, Class A vessels were sailing at over 5 knots and Class B vessels over 6 knots.
The first position report update will be undertaken at 06.30 UTC/GMT on 15 July, shortly thereafter the fleet tracking and position update reports will be operational through the following links:
To track The Tall Ships Races fleet as they race, click here
To see more images from The Tall Ships Races, click here
The Tall Ships Races is presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International.