Race report 22: Grand finale plans and finish time brought forward

30 July 2013

Race report 22: Grand finale plans and finish time brought forward
Szczecin, Poland is going to be a wonderful place to be this evening as five Class A vessels are planning to arrive into harbour for the grand finale of The Tall Ships Races 2013.  

Estimated arrival times are:  1700–1800, Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway); 1900 Mir (Russia) and Christian Radich (Norway); 2000 Alexander Von Humboldt II (Germany) and Cisne Branco (Brazil).  The deadline for all vessels to be in harbour is 1200 Saturday 3 August.

Due to the light head winds, the Race Committee decided yesterday to bring forward the finish time at sea by 12 hours for each of the classes so that all vessels should be able to make the deadline. Vessels that had not made the finish line by this time are still eligible for a placing in the results due to Sail Training International's unique 'finished at sea' formula.  They simply record their exact position at sea at the stated time limit and the race software calculates the theoretical time they would have crossed the finish line using the following four factors:

1. corrected time
2. elapsed time (actual time)
3. course distance
4. distance vessel has to go to the finish line.
The placings at 05:00 UTC/GMT were:

Class A
1st   Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
2nd  Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
3rd  Kruzenshtern (Russia)

Class B
1st Liv (Norway)
2nd Helena (Finland)
3rd Maybe (UK)

Class C
1st Admiral Dickman (Poland)
2nd Sharki (Poland)
3rd Spaniel (Latvia)

Class D
1st Akela (Russia)
2nd Tomidi (Belgium)
3rd Lietuva (Lithuania)

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Editor’s notes:

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.

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 Ship 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.

For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International +44 (0)23 9258 6367, mobile +44 (0)7827 298733 sally.titmus@sailtraininginternational.org
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