Tomidi (Belgium) crossed the finish line at 21:24 UTC/GMT last night in the first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2013 followed by Ebb Tide (Netherlands) just 20 minutes later.
Around six other vessels are expected to cross the finish line throughout the day depending on the weather, but Ebb Tide is provisionally in first place overall with a corrected time of 3 days 5 hours 17 minutes 11 seconds.
Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden), Morning Star of Revelation (UK) and Akela (Russia) have all maintained their top positions since last night.
Paul Bishop, Race Director said, “There is an exciting race going on with the Class A ships with the headwinds producing some challenging conditions. Mir is in the lead on the water with just over 100 miles to go to the finish line. Statsraad Lehmkuhl, Christian Radich and Eendracht are some 60 miles behind her and all contenders to cross the finish line in second place in this class tomorrow.”
The current positions are:
1 Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
2 Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
3 Mir (Russia)
1 Morning Star of Revelation (UK)
2 Maybe (UK)
3 Rupel (Belgium)
1 Ebb Tide (Netherlands)
2 Dar Szczecina (Poland)
3 St Iv (Estonia)
1 Akela (Russia)
2 Tomidi (Belgium)
3 Theia (Finland)
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