Crowds lined the streets of Varna, Bulgaria this afternoon (Thursday 1 May) to watch the traditional Crew Parade as it made its noisy and colourful way through the city, ending at the Prize Giving stage, located in the Sea Garden park. Accompanied by military bands and dancing majorettes, the crews entertained the thousands of local people who had turned out to watch and applaud.
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Since arriving in Varna, trainees and crews from the ships have joined together in sporting events, including swimming, beach volleyball, beach football, rowing and tug of war. Prizes were awarded in each category as follows:
3rd Rah Naward
Swimming - 50m Freestyle
1st Ivalin Vasiliev (Kaliakra
2nd Kushnirenko (Kruzenshtern
3rd Emir Gelikege (Bodrum
Swimming - 50m Breaststroke
1st Komarov O.G (Mir
2nd Gonchar Anton (Nadezhda
3rd Vasiliev Ivalin (Kaliakra
Swimming - 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
1st Salnikov, Kushnirenko, Nurguatov, Jugulskiy (Kruzenshtern
2nd Gurchenko, Komarov, Cshustova, Komarov (Mir
3rd Gonchar, Timoffev, Ten, Egorov (Nadezhda
Tug of War
Most Attractive Scuba Diver (fun prize!)
Peter Frie - Akela
Best Class A Ship in Crew Parade
Best Class B, C, D Vessel in Crew Parade
Ship making the Best Contribution to Sport Activities
From 300 participants, Nadezhda
(Russia) had 46
Ship Furthest from Home Port
Oldest Ship in the Fleet
The trainees and crews will enjoy the hospitality of the city this evening at the Crew Party, where they will celebrate, eat and dance together - an opportunity to relax and make new friends within the multi-cultural fleet.
Preparations for the first leg of the race from Varna to Novorossiysk (Russia) begin in earnest tomorrow, Friday. The fleet will leave port on Saturday with a Parade of Sail taking place from 13.00 local time, a spectacular sight for people on the shoreline.
Twenty nine sail training vessels entered the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, with 17 having arrived in Varna to take part, including one Ukranian and seven Russian ships. Most of them will race from Varna (Bulgaria) to Novorossiysk (Russia) before cruising to Sochi (Russia), from where they will race the final leg 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.