Race report 3: New vessels take leading places

08 July 2014

Race report 3: New vessels take leading places
At the end of the first full day of racing in in The Tall Ships Races 2014 from Harlingen (Netherlands) to Fredrikstad (Norway) current positions by class are:

Class A
1              Kapitan Glowacki (Poland)
2 Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
3 Stad Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Class B
1              Colin Archer (Norway)
2 Tecla (Netherlands)    
3 Vega Gamleby (Sweden)

Class C
1                Hosanna (France)
2                St Iv (Estonia)
3                Wilhelmstad (Poland)
Class D
1                Gigi (UK)    
2  Tomidi (Belgium)
3 Urtica (Poland)

Please note that these are provisional results and they are likely to change.

Whilst there has been no change in Classes A, C and D Tecla has now moved into 2nd position for Class B and Vega Galmeby into 3rd position.

Paul Blshop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, "The strong northerly winds are providing the crews with some tough sailing and there is some close racing at the front of the fleet. Spaniel (Latvia) is ahead on the water with around 150 miles to the finish line. She is closely followed by Gigi (UK), Tomidi (Belgium) and Antwerp Flyer (Belgium).
"Stad Amsterdam is in front of her Class A rivals but Fryderyk Chopin (Poland), Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Mir (Russia) are within just 10 miles of her.  The wind is due to gradually veer to the north east, so those Class A ships that have opted for a more northerly course, may begin to close the gap so the scene is set for some close tacking and covering tactics over the next 24 hours.”

Race reports will be issued twice a day for the duration of the race – up until Friday 11 July.  Reports will be published on the Sail Training International website here.

Yellow Brick - a satellite tracking system used to follow the fleet – is also accessible from the Sail Training International website here.

Photo:  Vega Gamleby (Sweden) crossing the start line for the first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2014.  Photo by Valery Vasilevskiy.

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For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International on +44 (0)23 9258 6367.

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 

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