Esbjerg, Denmark has welcomed the first vessels to have crossed the finish line in the final race leg of The Tall Ships Races 2014. Many more are expected to follow today (Thursday 31 July) and Friday - with an arrival deadline set for 12 noon, Saturday.
The following vessels were in port this morning:
In Class C Antwerp Flyer (Belgium), Spaniel (Latvia), St Iv (Estonia), Wilhelmstad (Poland), Roztocze (Poland), Esprit (Germany)
In Class D Tomidi (Belgium), Gigi (UK), Zryw (Poland),
Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, "The fresh westerly winds have produced some exciting sailing for the front runners with many vessels crossing the finish line close together.
"Christian Radich (Norway) was the first Class A ship to cross the finish line and is first on corrected time too - but Kapitan Glowacki (Poland) is still racing and there is only five minutes separating them on corrected time - so there is a faint possibility that she could take first place in the final stages. Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) has also put in a strong performance and was the second Class A ship to cross the finish line. She is in third place on corrected time.
"Atlantica (Sweden) was the first Class B vessel to cross the finish line having held her lead for most of the race with Liv (Norway), Johann Smidt (Germany) and Rupel (Belgium) close behind all the way.
"There was a very close finish in Class C and Antwerp Flyer (Belgium) held on to her narrow lead to cross the finish line just seven minutes and 12 seconds ahead of Spaniel (Latvia).
"The crew of Tomidi (Belgium) will have been celebrating last night in Esbjerg having gained line honours in a closely fought battle all the way with Gigi ((UK)."
"The favourable westerly winds that the fleet have been enjoying over the past couple of days are forecast to gradually decrease and back to the south today which may present problems to the slower vessels presently approaching the westerly waypoint."
The interim position report at 0500 shows:
1 Christian Radich (Norway)
2 Kapital Glowacki (Poland)
3 Statsraad Lehmkhul (Norway)
1 Liv (Norway)
3 Jens Krogh (Denmark)
2 Rupel (Belgium)
1 St Iv (Estonia)
2 Wilhelmstad (Poland)
3 Black Diamond of Durham (UK)
1 Tomidi (Belgium)
2 Urania (Netherlands)
3 Zryw (Poland)
Please note that these are provisional results and are likely to change.
Race reports will be issued twice a day for the duration of the race – up until Saturday 2 August. Reports will be published on the Sail Training International website here.
Yellow Brick is a satellite tracking system used to follow the fleet – is also accessible from the Sail Training International website here.
Photo: Around Esbjerg. Photo by Valery Vasilevskiy. More photos can be seen on Facebook.
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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.
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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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