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The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 Race Two, Report Seven: Tense Racing to the Finish Line

Posted on: 12.06.18

There was a an exciting finish to the second race of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 as the fleet began crossing the finish line in Bordeaux, France… 

Following six days of great racing, the Tall Ships fleet have started crossing the finish line off the coast of France with only Belem (France) left to finish. There was a close fight for first place in Race 2, with Arawak (France) beating Belle Poule (France) to the finish line after some tactical decisions allowed them to take advantage of better wind conditions in the final 12 hours of their race. The battle for third place saw a photo finish between Atyla (Vanuatu) and Morgenster (Netherlands) with the Ni-Vanuatu ship finishing less than 90 seconds ahead of its Dutch competitor. For both Arawak and Atyla, it was the course choices that they made overnight between 10-11 June that proved decisive for the final stages of the race, highlighting the tactical expertise required to find success in any Tall Ships race.

“Variable conditions over the 450 mile course from Ireland to Bordeaux have given the Captains and Crew real tactical challenges, exciting racing and a tense finish for first and third place.

“The whole Race Committee offer real congratulations to everyone on the vessels and we very much look forward to seeing them all at the festivities in Bordeaux.

Race Director, Paul Bishop, Sail Training International


  1. Atyla (Vanuatu)
  2. Arawak (France)
  3. Belle Poule (France)
  4. Morgenster (Netherlands)
  5. De Gallant (Vanuatu)
  6. Belem (France)


The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta is a two-leg event across three sea areas will take place in north-west Europe. Liverpool, United Kingdom (U.K.) will be the start port, then vessels will race to Dublin, Republic of Ireland (R.O.I), and onto Bordeaux, France. The Regatta will see an international fleet of Tall Ships undertake a voyage across the Irish Sea, Celtic Sea and Bay of Biscay.

Any Tall Ships Regatta is a spectacular event for visitors and crew alike, and the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 is no exception. Each stop on the regatta route will coincide with major celebrations as Liverpool marks the ten year anniversary of their year as the European capital of culture and Bordeaux hold the leading European wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin.