Due to the light and variable winds conditions and the distance some of the fleet are still from La Spezia, the race will now have a finish at sea at 22.00hrs UTC (midnight local). This will enable those ships still some 100 nm away to motor to La Spezia in time for the fesitval.
Only a small number of ships have crossed the finish line, including first across the line Stella Polare (Italy) closely followed by Akela (Russia). Mir (Russia) was the first Class A ship to cross the line. It is hoped that some others will cross line before the new time limit. Despite the challenging conditions, some ships have cleverly picked up the wind effect from the land which has enabled them to make some progress.
Three Italian ships have made their way into port today. Amerigo Vespucci - pictured - made a grand entrance this afternoon, followed by Nave Italia and Nave Palinuro who are both joining the fleet in port. Adornate (Romania) also arrived this evening. The majority of ships will arrive during tomorrow (Thursday) and the remainder by noon on Friday.
La Spezia is looking forward to putting on an impressive show. The berthing arrangements are going to provide a wonderful spectacle with all 31 ships within 470m of each other because of the extra pontoons and piers that have been put in.
You can track the fleet as they make their way to La Spezia here
Race results can be seen here (provisional results only)
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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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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 Ship 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.