With virtually all vessels now across the finish line, Race Two of this year’s Tall Ships Races has been a challenging but also exciting one.
At the time of writing, Roald Amundsen (Germany), a brig built in 1952, is the only vessel still to cross and she has less than 10 nautical miles to go.
The following report received from Race Control this morning brings us up to date on the current placings, with confirmed positions for all vessels being published later in the week.
“The fleet has enjoyed favourable winds in the past 24hrs and the last group of seven is expected to cross the finish line this afternoon. Tarangini (India) was first to cross the finish line early yesterday evening but has declared the use of her engines under Rule 21.3 for safety reasons. The Race Committee will assess their declaration in detail and it is expected that some time adjustment will be made as is usual in these circumstances. This Rule exists for good reason as safety must remain the priority. Spaniel (Latvia) is therefore expected to be given line honours again and looks set to win the overall elapsed time award for the race series with stella performances on both race legs.
Christiania (Norway) has also sailed a superb tactical race again and lies in first place overall on Corrected Time. This is two in a row and the oldest vessel in the fleet – built in 1895 – looks set to win the race series overall – A fantastic achievement. Oosterschelde (Netherlands) has moved up to first place on CT in Class A, Belfer (Poland) in Class C and Tara (Denmark)in Class D.
These placings remain provisional until the Race Committee has received all of the Race Declaration Forms. The final race results are expected to be published on Thursday afternoon.
The crews now have a wonderful opportunity to relax after a hard race and visit ports and anchorages in the area. Most vessels are expected to arrive in Aalborg throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning”. Paul Bishop, The Tall Ships Races 2022 Race Director.
FOLLOW THE FLEET LIVE WITH YB TRACKING
Once again, you will be able to follow the Tall Ships fleet as they make their way along the race routes thanks to the YB satellite tracking system. You can keep up to date with who is leading each race leg and ensure you miss none of the sailing action.
Each participating ship in the Races is fitted with a YB satellite transponder, a self-contained battery operated tracker which allows tracking of a vessel’s position from anywhere on earth. All vessels taking part in the Races are equipped with one so spectators can follow the fleet – anytime, anywhere – as they sail from Esbjerg (Denmark), to Harlingen (Netherlands), to Antwerp (Belgium), finishing in Aalborg (Denmark).
You can see a wide range of race information including; route mapping, real time vessel positions and their historic tracking, vessel details, replay of vessel tracks over time, leaderboards per division/group and current weather conditions.
THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2022
The Tall Ships Races 2022 has seen the international fleet of Tall Ships and Small Ships return to the North Sea. From 7 July-7 August, we have visited Esbjerg, Harlingen, Antwerp and now Aalborg.
The event marks a welcome return to all four Host Ports who have hosted a total of 16 Tall Ships Races and Regattas so far. The series has seen the Tall Ships sailing from Esbjerg, Denmark, south through the North Sea to Harlingen, Netherlands, as part of an exhilarating Race One.
Following this they enjoyed a stunning Cruise-in-Company leg further south to Antwerp, Belgium, enjoying spectacular coastal sailing. Race Two took the fleet from Antwerp, Belgium, back north through the North Sea to Aalborg, Denmark, for the final celebrations.
Esbjerg, Denmark 7 July – 10 July
Harlingen, Netherlands 14 July – 17 July
Antwerp, Belgium 22 July – 25 July
Aalborg, Denmark 4 August – 7 August