To The East...

02 July 2011

To The East...

Following careful consideration, the Race Committee of The Tall Ships Races 2011 organised by Sail Training International and presented by Szczecin, today announced that the fleet will be racing to Greenock, Scotland via the East Coast of Ireland due to predicted weather conditions in the Atlantic.

The fleet will take part in the Parade of Sail leaving the City of Waterford at 700hrs heading out towards the race start approx. five miles at sea for 1400hrs.  Sail training will take place on the way to the race start.

Tall Ship admirers will see Russian vessel Mir depart first, closely followed by Dar Sczecina, Johanna Lucretia and Alba Explorer. The last vessel planned to leave Waterford is Lord Nelson at approx. 840hrs. 

Racing via the East Coast will mean the fleet could arrive in Greenock, Scotland as early as Wednesday 6 July 2011.

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Storm Report as offensive

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 9:14 AM

Ursus Maritimus to me the finish line appeared to be off the North of Ireland near Strangford Lough as some of the boats went in the direction of Belfast and some are at anchor in different areas, not sure of the exact location. Some boats are going in all directions more than likely sail training the young crews, I see the Mir went to anchor not far from Greenock yesterday.

Ursus Maritimus Report as offensive

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 11:04 PM

Does anyone know where exactly was the finish line for the race from Waterford? Given that the course changed from the planned course planned along the West Coast of Ireland was there a handicap applied to compensate for the shorter course? 
Check out to track the ships that have AIS. 

kengill Report as offensive

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 9:23 PM

UK Sail Training - Thank you for the reassurance. I have two granddaughters joining the young crew to bring the Jolie Brise back from Klaipéda to Southampton. 

Storm Report as offensive

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 4:27 PM

Point taken about the younger crew members I did not think about that, I had a great time in Waterford and the ships and crews were brilliant, I had hoped to get to see them racing off the West Coast of Mayo on their way North. Good luck with the rest of the races.

UK Sail Training Report as offensive

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:52 PM

Storm - perhaps you are unaware of the ethos of this race. Every vessel taking part in the Tall Ships Race has a youth crew, with some trainees young as 15 that may have never sailed before. The organisers have taken the difficult but very responsible decision that safety comes first while still enjoying an exciting race. The trainees on board will be having a fantastic time.
The Volvo Ocean Race is crewed by professionals who have years of experience, take huge risks and have responsibility for their own actions.