All vessels continue to race and have all reported their positions to the communications vessel.
Positions (all on corrected time) are as follows:
1st Nadezhda (Russia)
2nd Mir (Russia)
3rd Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
Class B - no change to this morning's positions
1st Bodrum (Turkey)
2nd Adornate (Romania)
3rd Johanna Lucretia (UK)
Class C/D - this class is combined due to the number of vessels entered in those classes.
1st Sea Adventure (Bulgaria)
2nd Akela (Russia)
3rd Viking (Russia)
There are several exciting battles taking place within the fleet - Sea Adventure (currently 1st on the water), Bodrum and Viking have all taken a northerly route and are challenging each other for line honours. Taking a similar route but further back are Nadezhda (currently 4th overall) and Mir (currently 5th overall), who will be using their skills to benefit from every breath of wind.
The wind failed to increase as expected today - at the time of reporting it was ESE 5-7 knots with a moderate sea state, however it is expected to veer through south and then northwards and increase to between 15 and 20 knots during the next 24 hours.
Photo: Mir, Royal Helena and Mircea approaching the start line
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 are racing from Varna (Bulgaria) to Novorossiysk (Russia) before cruising to Sochi (Russia), from where they will race the final leg to Constanta (Romania).
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.