Race One, Report Seven: Race in final stages

07 May 2014

Race One, Report Seven: Race in final stages
As Race One of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta comes to its final stages and the leaders approach the port of Novorossiysk, current positions (all on corrected time) are as follows:

Class A
1st Nadezhda (Russia)
2nd Mir (Russia) 
3rd Mircea (Romania)

The situation regarding Rah Naward's (Pakistan) provisional position of yesterday evening has sorted itself out and she is now showing as 4th in class and 7th overall.

Class B
1st Johanna Lucretia (UK)
There have no reports from the other B class vessels - Adornate (Romania) and Bodrum (Turkey), however at the time of the communications schedule (0500 UTC) Adornate was 11 miles from the finish, and Bodrum 38 miles from the finish.

Class C/D

1st Sea Adventure (Bulgaria) - also 1st overall
2nd Akela (Russia) - also 3rd overall
3rd Viking (Russia)

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

The battle between Nadezhda and Mir finished overnight with Nadezhda triumphant, crossing the line at 0059hrs 23 secs and Mir an hour and a half later at 0230 hrs 02 secs.

Due to the prevailing wind conditions, the Race Committee has decided 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 by the required time of 1200 noon local time on 9 May.

The weather looks to be going light after the present blow has gone through.  Locally the forecast is winds of ENE 30m/sec going through by 2200 hrs local tonight although there is a chance it will be mostly north of Novorossiysk in the Sea of Azov.  

Pic:  Mir pictured approaching the start line with Sedov behind

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).

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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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