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Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta: The Captains Prepare for Race 4

Posted on: 21.06.17

On the fifth and final day of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, attention turns to Race 4 with the Captain’s Briefing, and a final Tall Ship enters the race fleet…

Held in the Seaport World Trade Centre, the Captain’s Briefing provided details of the race conditions to come. All the information provided will be crucial for the Captains as they plan their race tactics. Race 4 is due to start at 22:00 UTC, east of Rockport, Massachusetts.

Weather Report

As the fleet makes its way across the race start line, the weather conditions will be perfect for racing. Favourable westerly winds will build over the coming days from 10 knots to 20-25 knots by the weekend. This will provide perfect sailing conditions, especially for the square-rigged vessels as they continue to come from the rear of the ships.

For the new crew members and trainees, this will provide the perfect environment to experience Tall Ships sailing and racing at its finest.


Check out our YB Satellite Tracking page to follow the fleet (including instructions and more information). You can also download the YB app for your phone and tablet from the App Store and Google Play Store, which gives you everything from the web version on the go.

Esmeralda (Chile) Joins The Race Fleet

There was exciting news on the final day of the of the festivities, with Esmeralda (Chile) being announced as a final entrant into Race 4 from Boston, USA, to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. With this majestic Tall Ship entering the race, there will now be two four-masted masted barquentines racing to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence: Esemeralda (Chile) and Union (Peru).

“We are really excited about Union and Esmeralda, two of the largest Tall Ships in the world, racing together for the very first time. There is a lot of excitement surrounding Union entering her first race in particular; we are honoured that she has chosen the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta as her first major international event, and a Sail Training International organised race for her first race sailing.

“It will be very interesting to see how these large vessels compete against some of the smaller Class A ships in these wind conditions. The forecast is for favourable winds from the south west, and these vessels, sailing more than 400 nautical miles, will see their speed increase and increase as the wind builds over the coming days.”

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International


You can still be part of this adventure of a lifetime. Berths are available throughout the exciting and expansive Canadian Guest Ports Programme, and Wylde Swan‘s voyage to Hamilton, onwards. Check out the available places on our Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta event pages.

You can book your place directly with a participating vessel, or if you’d like help simply email our friendly team on, who can make recommendations, answer questions and process your booking for you.

Photo: The Captains of the Tall Ships fleet attend today’s Captain’s Briefing, courtesy of Valery Vasilevski.