At the time of this morning's communication schedule, current positions are as follows:
Class A - on corrected time
1st Royal Helena
Class B - on corrected time
1st Johanna Lucretia
(UK) and also 2nd overall
(Romania) - pictured crossing the start line
Class C - on corrected time
(Russia) and also 1st overall
2nd Sea Adventure
The fleet is well spread across the Black Sea, with Akela
having some 120 miles to go and Sedov
(Russia) having 355 miles to go. Two vessels have passed Waypoint 1, south of the Crimean Peninsula - Akela
and Sea Adventure
For those vessels approaching Waypoint 1, there is some easterly wind between 10 and 15 knots for the next six hours. This should help them get up to and passed the waypoint. Meanwhile Class A ships, Kaliakra (Bulgaria), Mercia (Romania) and Sedov, who are all much further south, may find it difficult to get up to the waypoint as they have much less wind in their vicinity.
Those approaching the waypoint will find a more favourable wind pattern once passed, which should speed their way to Constanta.
29 sail training vessels entered the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, with 17 having raced from Varna (Bulgaria) to Novorossiysk (Russia), including one Ukranian and seven Russian ships. 12 are now racing from Sochi (Russia) to Constanta (Romania).
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
SCF is the lead sponsor of The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, 30 April – 27 May 2014, and was previously sponsor of The Tall Ships Races 2009. Sovcomflot Group is Russia's largest shipping company and one of the world's leading energy transporters.
Its mission is to be the leading international energy shipping company, offering a full range of seaborne energy solutions to its customers, based on advanced shipping technologies and innovations, achieving long-term sustainability of growth and profits through a socially responsible industrial shipping model.