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SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016: Day Two – Fun and Competition for the Crew

Posted on: 09.09.16

Today (Friday) has been a very busy day for the crews, with crew sports competitions, Crew Parade, Prize-Giving Ceremony and the crew party.

Starting early with sports competitions, they completed in an obstacle relay race, rowing, anchor weighing and tug-o-war competitions. Watched by hundreds of visitors, sports competitions such as this are held in each port and always very friendly, but also very competitive!

Constanta Crew Parade

Later in the afternoon, under beautiful blue skies, the crews mustered in the centre of the festival area before starting the Crew Parade through the port, along the promenade to the beautiful and ancient Ovid Square.

Best described as musical, smart, exuberant, and “a little bit crazy at the back,” the procession was led by the marching band of the Romanian Naval Academy, who continued to entertain the crowds along the route to Ovid Square where the Prize-Giving Ceremony then took place.

A Very Inspiring Guest

Guest of honour, Mr Andrei Rosu, has an impressive record. An ultra marathon runner, he is also: the first Romanian to swim across the English Channel; the man who has just completed 10 Ironman events in as many days, and who is now preparing to row across the Atlantic with three friends. He gave a wonderful speech, encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone. “Everyone knows the tall ships are safe in port, but that’s not what they were built for. They need to go to sea, a challenging place. I was 35 years old before I took up sports. Everyone said I was too old, but I challenged myself.”

Sports Awards

Sports awards were presented as follows:

The prizes were awarded to …

Inter-Ship Competition – Rowing

3rd place: Mircea (team II) (Romania)

2nd place: Kaliakra (Bulgaria)

1st place: Mir (Russia)

Inter-Ship Competition – Sailors Relay

3rd place: Nadezdha (Russia)

2nd place: Mircea (team I) (Romania)

1st place: Mir (Russia)

Inter-Ship Competition – Tug of War

3rd place: Mircea (team II)

2nd place: Nadezhda (Russia)

1st place: Kruzenshtern (Russia)

Inter-Ship Competition – Anchor Pulling

3rd place: Mircea (team II) (Romania)

2nd place: Mircea (team II) (Romania)

1st place: Royal Helena (Bulgaria)

Other Awards

Best Dressed Ship in Port as voted by the Port Committee in the Port of Constanta (Class A)

The Constanta Port Committee wanted to thank all ships for making so many local visitors welcome aboard their decks during “open ship” but in particular this winning vessel

Atyla (Vanuatu)

Ship Furthest from Home:

Nadezhda (Russia)

Smartest Crew in Parade (Class A):

Nadezhda (Russia)

Best Dressed Crew in Parade (Class B, C and D):

Akela (Russia)

More Fun to Come

After making their way back to their ships to deposit their prizes and costumes, everyone has made their way to the crew party, where lots more friendships will be formed, on and off the dance floor!

Behind the Sails: We asked trainees for Three words that come to mind when they THINK of sailing on their ship

Here’s what they said:

  • Adventurous – Joyful – Friendship (Kaliakra)
  • Dramatic – Exciting – Danger! (Nadezhda)
  • Exciting – Adventure – Fun! (Royal Helena)
  • Salty – Sweaty – Seasick! (Atyla)… but also… Adventurous – Friendship – International
  • Freedom – Sails – Sea (Mir)
  • Home – Work – Inspiring (Mir)
  • Interesting – Relaxed – Cool! (Mir)

About Sovcomflot

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world’s leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot has the ability to meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.

The Group is the title sponsor of SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016. Previously it was also the title sponsor of the similar event held in 2014, as well as a presenting partner of the Tall Ships Races 2009.