At the 1700 UTC report, all places have changed with Hartlepool's own Class C vessel Black Diamond of Durham
(UK) now in the lead overall having sailed a further distance on corrected time than the rest of the fleet. In second place overall is now the Class A Stad Amsterdam
(Netherlands), with Riyal
(Netherlands) in third place.
In the Classes, behind Stad Amsterdam in Class A is now Eendracht (Netherlands) with Oosterschelde (Netherlands) in third making a clean sweep for the Dutch at this early point in the race. In Class B, Tecla (Netherlands) is now in the lead with Maybe (UK) in second and Aglaia (Austria) in third.
Behind Black Diamond of Durham in the Class C is Riyal, with Dar Szczecina (Poland) in third place. In Class D, Endorfina (Poland) remains in the lead with Lietuva (Lithuania) moving up to second place and Urania (Netherlands) back in third.
The weather in the north of the race area is forecast NW veering North, Force 5 – 7 perhaps gale 8 later. Further south the wind is cyclonic or southerly Force 4 – 5 occasionally 6. There are showers around and visibility is moderate or good.
It appears that most vessels are planning to start heading south – Spaniel
already has done so. Some impressive distances have been covered already and it is proving to be a very interesting event.
The next report will be posted tomorrow morning.
Picture: Black Diamond of Durham at the race start.
The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International.