With weather conditions continuing to play their part in Race Two of The Tall Ships Races 2022, the Race Committee met today to review plans for the race start tomorrow, Thursday 28 July…
On day three in Antwerp, the Race Committee announced that the start of the second race of this year’s series would be put 24 hours due to an unfavourable and rapidly changing north wind forecast.
Following a review of the weather conditions and race course today, it was decided that the race would start as planned tomorrow, Thursday 28 July.
“The Race Committee met this afternoon and decided to start the race to Aalborg tomorrow as planned and announced at the Captains Briefing in Antwerp on Sunday.
“Vessels will need to cross the Start Gate during 08:00 and 12:00 UTC tomorrow (Thursday 28th July) between two waypoints 54.10N 003.40E and 54.10N 003.45E.
“Vessels will report their start time to Race Control aboard Gulden Leeuw and these will be cross-referenced with the YB satellite transmitters aboard each competing vessel to ensure accuracy.
“The wind is forecast to be a light easterly at the start before a ridge of high pressure extends down the North Sea over the racecourse making progress slow for the fleet during the first 24/48 hours. With the current forecast, there appears to be no obvious winning strategy for the 320 nautical mile leg up to Skagen so it promises to be an exciting race all the way with frequent lead changes.”
The Tall Ships Races 2022 Race Director, Paul Bishop
FOLLOW THE FLEET LIVE WITH YB TRACKING
When the ships are sailing, you can follow the 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 will see the international fleet of Tall Ships and Small Ships return to the North Sea. From 7 July-7 August, we will visit Esbjerg, Harlingen, Antwerp and Aalborg.
The event will mark a welcome return to all four Host Ports who have hosted a total of 16 Tall Ships Races and Regattas so far. The series will see 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 will enjoy a stunning Cruise-in-Company leg further south to Antwerp, Belgium, enjoying spectacular coastal sailing. Race Two will take 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