With strong head winds throughout today (Wednesday 9 July), vessels will start crossing the finish line from tomorrow (Thursday 10 July) with a deadline of arrival into Fredrikstad, Norway set for the rest of the fleet at 12pm, Saturday 12 July.
The finish line for Race 1 is 160 ° true from Svenner Lighthouse (Latitude 58 degree 58’ North and Longitude 010 ° 09’ East) for eight miles.
Paul Blshop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, "The fleet has battled against strong head winds today but is making steady progress towards the finish line.
"Gigi remains ahead on the water and is in a strong position to take line honours early tomorrow morning (Thursday 10 July). Tomidi and Spaniel are locked in a tacking duel within sight of each other some fifteen miles behind Gigi. Mir remains ahead of her Class A rivals but Stad Amsterdam is only a few miles behind her, so it is likely to be a tight finish between them. Pogoria has taken up third position in the Class A and there has been some very competitive racing in the other classes resulting in placement changes in Classes B and D.”
All ships have been asked to dress overall in colourful flags for the duration of their stay in Fredrikstad, Norway from Saturday 12 - Tuesday 15 July. On arrival the crew and trainees of The Tall Ships Races 2014 will enjoy an exciting cultural programme including live music, sports events, theatre, fireworks and even the opportunity to enjoy the FIFA World Cup final on big screens set up for the event on Sunday 13 July.
Current positions by class are:
1 Kapitan Glowacki (Poland)
2 Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
3 Pogoria (Poland)
1 Colin Archer (Norway)
2 Vega Gamleby (Sweden)
3 Morning Star of Revelation (UK)
1 St Iv (Estonia)
2 Black Diamond of Durham (UK)
3 Juan De Langara (Spain)
1 Gigi (UK)
2 Tomidi (Belgium)
3 Urtica (Poland)
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: Pogoria (Poland) now in third position for the Class A's. 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.
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