As of this morning's communication schedule, it is clear that the weather is not helping the Class A ships, with the smaller vessels making better progress towards the first waypoint, south of Crimea, en route to Novorissiysk.
Positions (all on corrected time) are as follows:
1st Nadezhda (Russia)
2nd Mir (Russia)
3rd Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
1st Bodrum (Turkey)
2nd Adornate (Romania)
3rd Johanna Lucretia (UK)
1st Sea Adventure (Bulgaria)
2nd Akela (Russia)
3rd Viking (Russia)
1st Overall on corrected time is Sea Adventure. The battle for Class A honours is being keenly fought between Mir and Nadezhda who are currently neck and neck.
The current easterly wind is due to veer to a more southerly at 10-15 knots in the next six hours and remain that way for the rest of the day. This could effect the current fastest placings - Akela making 5.8k, Sea Adventure making 5.3k and with Viking and Bodrum both currently making 5k.
You can follow the fleet on the Yellow Brick system by clicking on this link.
29 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 are racing from Varna (Bulgaria) to Novorossiysk (Russia) before cruising to Sochi (Russia), from where they will race the final leg to Constanta (Romania).
Pic: Akela crossing the start line
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
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.