Paul Blshop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, "Despite a night of challenging racing the Class A's have all maintained their top three leading positions on corrected time, but Mir (Russia) has taken the lead on the water. She is being chased hard by Stad Amsterdam (Netherlands) which is just six miles astern - but these positions could well change before the finish.
"The close racing conditions of last night have seen two UK vessels now taking second lead positions on corrected time - Morning Star of Revelation in Class B and Black Diamond of Durham in Class C.
"Gigi (Estonia) and Tomidi (Belgium) have overtaken Spaniel (Latvia) overnight and are now ahead on the water, ahead by 73 and 89 nautical miles respectively.
"The fresh north easterly winds are forecast to gradually decrease over the next 24 hours."
Current positions by class are:
1 Kapitan Glowacki (Poland)
2 Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
3 Stad Amsterdam (Netherlands)
1 Colin Archer (Norway)
2 Morning Star of Revelation (UK)
3 Vega Gamleby (Sweden)
1 St Iv (Estonia)
2 Black Diamond of Durham (UK)
3 Juan De Langara (Spain)
1 Tomidi (Belgium)
2 Urtica (Poland)
3 Gigi (UK)
Please note that these are provisional results and they are likely to change.
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: Class A line up at race start in Harlingen. 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