Russian President praises the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta

15 May 2014

Russian President praises the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, welcomed and praised the crews and trainees of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta in Sochi, Russia today (Thursday 15 May).

He was joined by other dignitaries and sponsors -  Igor Levitin, Advisor to the Russian President; Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport; Alexander Tkachev, Governor of Krashodak Region; Pakhomov Anatoliy Nikolaevich, The Mayor of Sochi; Sergey Frank, Chief Executive Officer of SCF Sovcomflot; Robin Snouck-Hurgronje, Race Chairman, Sail Training International; Mikhail Barkov, Vice President - Transneft; Alexander Kurtinin, Deputy Head of Chief Executive Officer - Head of Division of SCF Sovcomflot.

The sun shone brightly on the resort city of Sochi for the crew parade and prize giving ceremony of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta.  The city is hosting this unique event on the Russian Black Sea coast for the first time in history - to mark the opening of the Russian southern gateway and contribute to the promotion of sailing as it grows in popularity with the younger generation. 

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin said, "I am happy to see you all here.  This event is a real celebration and today we honour all those who have done their best in the event so far, before your final race to Constanta, Romania.  I wish you all success and you are all most welcome to the Russian Federation. Thank you for being here."

The Mayor of Sochi, Pakhomov Anatoliy Nikolaevich said, "The city of Sochi is proud to show it is one of the best cities for sport by hosting the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta.  We wish the crews all the best and victorious sailing - thank you for bringing this  beautiful celebration to our city."

Following a full day of sport events, the crew parade and entertainment, dignitaries and sponsors of the event joined together on stage to present the following prizes: 

First vessel across the finish line (Line Honours) - Akela (Russia) - pictured
With an elapsed time of two days, 23 hours, 43 minutes and 10 seconds
Presented by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of Russia

Longest passage - Nadezhda (Russia)
Presented by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of Russia

Best Class A vessel in the Crew Parade, donated by Sochi Marine Club – Mircea (Romania)
Presented by Robin Snouck-Hurgronje, Race Chairman, Sail Training International

Best Class B, C or D vessel in the Crew ParadeAdornate (Romania)
Presented by Mikhail Barkov, Vice President - Transneft

Most international crew – Johanna Lucretia (UK)
Presented by Alexander Kurtinin, Deputy Head of Chief Executive Officer - Head of Division of SCF Sovcomflot

Ship making the best contribution to sports activities - Kruzenshtern (Russia)

Sports prizes donated by the City of Sochi:

Mini football 
1st - Mircea (Romania)

Weight lifting 
1st  - Nadezhda (Russia)

Basketball 
1st - Nadezhda (Russia)

Arm wrestling 
1st  - Mircea (Romania)

All presented by Mayor of Sochi, Pakhomov Anatoliy Nikolaevich

After the prize giving Vladimir Putin visited Mir (Russia) where he met the cadets, inspected the vessel and took part in a photocall. 

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Photo: Vladimir Putin presents Akela (Russia) with their Line Honours award.

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.   

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 

Sovcomflot (SCF)
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.

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