The twelve racing vessels have all reported their positions in this evening's communication schedule and it is all change at the top as the Bermudan sloop Akela
(Russia) - pictured at the race start -
takes the lead overall on corrected time.
Current positions, all on corrected time are:
1st Royal Helena (Bulgaria) - and 3rd overall
2nd Nadezhda (Russia)
3rd Sedov (Russia)
1st Johanna Lucretia (UK)
2nd Bodrum (Turkey)
3rd Adornate (Romania)
1st Akela (Russia) - and 1st overall
2nd Sea Adventure (Bulgaria) - and 2nd overall
As was forecast the wind backed to the west during the day which has forced the majority of the fleet towards the southern part of the Black Sea. It is expected that the wind will veer north again and decrease to 5 knots or less overnight and into tomorrow morning. The further outlook has the wind dying away completely over the next 24 hours though further forecast updates may change this.
As it stands, it is very likely that the fleet's progress towards Waypoint 1, which is in the north of the Black Sea, 10 miles south of the Crimean peninsula, will slow right down and the crews will have to work hard to make best use of any wind they can find.
Looking at the distance to go on the water, Akela (Russia) - winner of Race One - is the closest to the finish with 300 miles to go, followed by Nadezhda (Russia) and Sea Adventure (Bulgaria).
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.