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The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 Race Two, Report Three: Frustrating Calms

Posted on: 08.06.18

The fleet is experiencing frustrating calms off the second waypoint in race two of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018.


“The fleet has run into light and variable winds as they approach waypoint two off Ushant  (a French island at the south-western end of the English Channel). Arawak, France has benefited by sailing a more easterly course and has taken the lead “on the water” and on corrected time with round 300 nautical miles to go to the finish line. Belle Poule, France is not far behind her. Atyla, Vanuatu, has lost her first place on corrected time after sailing an excellent race since the start but has been slowed down by the frustrating wind conditions that exist further west.

“The forecast is for the light and variable winds to continue over the weekend before they fill in from the west which should give them a good run up to the finish. The next 36 hours will be a real challenge to all the captains, crews and trainees as they try to navigate their way through doldrum like conditions that are likely to remain in the region.”

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International


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

Note: Positions and placings are correct at time of writing. Check out YB Satellite Tracking for the latest information.


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.


Watch the action as it happens and follow the fleet’s progress using YB Satellite Tracking.