Race Two, Report One

30 September 2013

Race Two, Report One
Strong westerly winds made for a challenging start for Race Two - 25k and gusting 35k with a heavy swell of 2 or 3 metres.  Due to the conditions only two ships crossed the line in full sail Mir and Akela (both Russia).  Mir, - pictured - in particular, made a very impressive start, timing her run from approximately five miles from the start line to perfection.  

First across the line in each class were as follows:

Class A:  Alexander von Humboldt II (Germany)
Class B:  Bodrum (Turkey)
Class C: Femme Fatale (Hungary)
Class D: Thais (France)

During the night the wind is expected to reduce and the forecast over the next 24 hours is that the wind will become easterly, making for an interesting and tough race. 

"We wish the fleet well on their race and look forward to seeing them in La Spezia" said Chris Bickert, Chairman of the Race Committee.  

You can track the fleet as they make their way to La Spezia here

Lycamobile - title sponsor of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta

Gaastra - official clothing supplier to the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta

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Editor’s notes:

A word from your sponsor

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If you need to call your family and friends during the Regatta please look out for their stand space portside in Barcelona, Toulon and La Spezia.   

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