Race report 3: New vessels take leading places

10 July 2013

Race report 3: New vessels take leading places

Five new vessels have entered the top ratings for The Tall Ships Races 2013.  

In Class B  Klitta and Maybe now take second and third place, still leaving Constantia in the lead.

In Class C we now see Dar Szczecina and Magnolia taking first and third place, and Sharki has now moved up from its previous third place position.

The top three placings in all four classes are:

Class A

1 Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
2 Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
3 Christian Radich (Norway)

Class B

1 Constantia (Sweden)
Klitta (Denmark)
3 Maybe (UK)

Class C

1 Dar Szczecina (Poland)  
2 Sharki (Poland)
3 Magnolia (Estonia)

Class D

1 Theia (Finland)
2 Rona II (UK) (new)
2 Merisissi III (Finland)
 
Paul Bishop, Race Director said, "The Tall Ships Races 2013 is developing into a compelling race and it will be fascinating to see, over the next day or two, which of the many strategies played by the vessels will pay off."
 
"The majority of vessels are holding the rhumb line (straight route) which is the most conservative option at present. A group that includes Mir, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, Christian Radich and Fryderyk Chopin have decided that a more easterly course should benefit them before they reach the finish line. To the west of this group there are several vessels, including Ebb Tide and Wylde Swan, that seem to be positioning themselves to go west of Gotland. This is the higher risk strategy and it is too early to see how this will turn out."
 
"There are races within races developing too and the competition between Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Christian Radich will be particularly intense as both have the same distance to go to the finish line."

Editor’s notes:

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