After a successful event in first-time race port, Sochi, with some 362,000 visitors, Race Two of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta got underway this afternoon.
Having departed the port during the morning, the fleet assembled before parading along the shoreline, a great spectacle for spectators on the shoreline.
The weather on the start line was good - south easterly wind of 9 knots increasing to 15 knots by the time all vessels had crossed. Sea conditions were slight choppy, wave height 1.5m and good visibility.
All vessels successfully crossed the start line without incident, all within their class time limits. First to cross, after the 1600hrs local time start, in Class A was Mircea
(Romania) closely followed by Nadezhda
(Russia) and then Kaliakra
(Bulgaria). In Class B, Bodrum
(Turkey) crossed first, followed by Johanna Lucretia
(UK). In Class C, Akela
(Russia) crossed ahead of Sea Adventure
The fleet are now on their way to Constanta, approximately 463 nautical miles, via a waypoint 10 miles off the southern tip of the Crimean Penisula.
Pic: From left, Mir (Russia) and Mircea (Romania) race to the start line
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. 13 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.