The first vessels in the second race leg of The Tall Ships Races 2014, from Bergen, Norway to Esbjerg, Denmark are due to cross the finish line late afternoon (Wednesday 30 July 2014).
Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said, “There is some really good racing and lots of ships in close proximity surging ahead. The leading group of six vessels are benefiting from some great sailing conditions and are all currently sailing in excess of eight knots.
"Tomidi (Belgium) has retained her lead at the front of the fleet and is due to cross the finish line around 17:00 (UTC) tonight if the wind conditions stay as they are, but it is by no means certain that she will gain line honours as Antwerp Flyer (Belgium), Gigi (UK), Spaniel (Latvia) and Esprit (Germany) are all close behind.
"Christian Radich (Norway) has retained her lead, both on corrected time and on the water in Class A, and is to the west of her rivals but Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) is closing the gap on the inside (east) as she has more favourable winds at this time. Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands) and Eendracht (Netherlands) are also close by with the two brigs, Morgenster (Netherlands) and Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) just behind them.
"Atlantica (Sweden) remains in front in Class B with Rupel (Belgium) and Liv (Norway) close behind her having been racing side by side within sight of each other all morning."
"The wind is forecast to increase from the west to north west over the next 24 hours which should make a fast and exciting finish for the front-runners."
The position report shows:
1 Christian Radich (Norway)
2 Stasraad Lehmkhul (Norway)
3 Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands)
1 Liv (Norway)
2 Rupel (Belgium)
3 Atlantica (Sweden)
1 St Iv (Estonia)
2 Wilhelmstad (Poland)
3 Hosanna (France)
1 Gigi (UK)
2 Urania (Netherlands)
3 Tomidi (Belgium)
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 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: Gigi (UK) - currently first in Class D position in interim race results for Race Two, The Tall Ships Races 2014. 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.
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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