Race One, Report Eight: Regatta draws to a close

07 May 2014

Race One, Report Eight: Regatta draws to a close
As Race One of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta draws to a close, it was decided earlier today (Tues 7 May), due to the prevailing wind conditions, to shorten the race by 24 hrs and change the time limits as follows:

Class A  08 May at 0000hrs UTC
Class B,C, D 08 May at 0030 hrs UTC
This will enable all ships to get into Novorossiysk, Russia by the required time of 1200 noon local time on 9 May.  

The provisional placings as of this evening's communication schedule are as follows:

Class A
1st Nadezhda (Russia)
2nd Mir (Russia)
3rd Rah Naward (Pakistan)

Class B
1st Adornate (Romania)
2nd Johanna Lucretia (UK)
3rd Bodrum (Turkey)

Class C/D
Results have remained consistent over the last few reports:
1st Sea Adventure (Bulgaria)
2nd Akela (Russia)
3rd Viking (Russia)

Nadezhda, Mir, Adornate, Sea Adventure and Akela have all crossed the finish line and Bodrum is about to finish. Adornarte and Sea Adventure are both now at anchor and waiting to come into port along with the rest of the fleet who are expected to arrive into Novorossiysk tomorrow.

The wind remains strong at the back of the fleet NNE 20-25 knots veering and decreasing NE to 10 - 15 knots over the next 12 hours. By midday Thursday the wind is expected to reduce further to 5-10 knots predominately northerly before veering again to NE by Thursday evening.

Positions given are provisional until all vessels have arrived in port and submitted their race declaration forms to the race office.

You can follow the fleet on the Yellow Brick system by clicking on this link.

Twenty nine sail training vessels entered the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, with 17 having arrived in Varna to take part, including one Ukranian and seven Russian ships. Most of them raced from Varna (Bulgaria) to Novorossiysk (Russia); before cruising to Sochi (Russia), from where they will race the final leg to Constanta (Romania).

Pic: Sedov, Nadezhda and Kruzenshtern approaching the start line

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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 Ships 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.   www.sailtraininginternational.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.

For more information about the event visit Sail Training International 

Sovcomflot (SCF)
 SCF is the lead sponsor of The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, 30 April – 27 May 2014, and was previously sponsor of The Tall Ships Races 2009.  Sovcomflot Group is Russia's largest shipping company and one of the world's leading energy transporters. 

Its mission is to be the leading international energy shipping company, offering a full range of seaborne energy solutions to its customers, based on advanced shipping technologies and innovations, achieving long-term sustainability of growth and profits through a socially responsible industrial shipping model.
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