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Tall Ships Races 2017: Crews shine in Kotka at spectacular Crew Parade and Prize-Giving Ceremony

Posted on: 14.07.17

The streets of Kotka came alive in a vibrant explosion of colour, music and youthful exuberance on Friday (14 July) as the crews of the 73 international vessels visiting with the Tall Ships Races 2017 took part in a spectacular Crew Parade.

Enthusiastic crowds lined the route to cheer on the trainees from a total of 30 countries as each team expressed its unique identity through creative costumes, songs and choreographed dance routines.

At the Prize-Giving Ceremony at the Arto Tolsa Arena which took place after the Crew Parade, there was a carnival atmosphere as Race Director Mike Bowles unveiled the final results for Race 1 from Halmstad to Kotka along with a number of other other sought-after awards recognising the values promoted by sail training.

3rd in Class D


2nd in Class D


1st in Class D


3rd in Class C

Black Diamond of Durham

2nd in Class C

Gmnia Police

1st in Class C

St Iv

3rd in Class B


2nd in Class B

Vega Gamleby

1st in Class B

Kapitan Borchardt

3rd in Class A


2nd in Class A


1st in Class A


1st Overall on Corrected Time

Kapitan Borchardt

Line Honours – ship first to cross the finish line


Youngest Crew


Youngest Captain

Michal Bogoryja, 22 yrs 6 months – Emely

Best Crew in the Crew Parade to express their Nationality

Shabab Oman II


Fryderyk Chopin

Port of Hamina Kotka Ltd Prize

Malcolm Miller

Kotka Maritime Research Centre Prize


An additional prize was awarded to the City of Kotka by Sail Training Association Finland’s Stefan Abrahamsson in recognition of their long-standing support of sail training.

Throughout the day trainees have taken part in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities including white water rafting, yoga, basketball and a traditional Omani breakfast on board Shabab Oman II.

About the Tall Ships Races 2017

The Tall Ships Races 2017 is taking place in four different countries and five ports, with three exciting race legs across the Baltic Sea and a spectacular Cruise-in-Company. The event has attracted an incredible fleet of more than 100 vessels, and participation from an awesome number of trainees from around the world. There are trainee places available on each of the race legs and the Cruise-in-Company – book your place directly with a participating vessel.

Get involved

Want to get involved with the Tall Ships Races 2017? There are still berths available – secure your place today! Check out our event page for more information. Book your place directly with a participating vessel.