Race One of the Tall Ships Races 2018 has seen a captivating battle for supremacy across the fleet as vessels from all classes made excellent progress towards the finish line and Esbjerg…
Sail Training International Race Director, Paul Bishop, has been providing updates on the day’s frantic action over on our Facebook Page, and gave the following analysis of the action.
“Helena (Finland) has continued to extend her lead to seven miles ahead of Mir (Russia) and has benefitted from slightly more wind pressure to the east. She might well have consolidated the lead that she gained this afternoon to take Line Honours.
“Mir remains in first place on Corrected Time (CT) in Class A with Sorlandet (Norway) closely behind with less than 20 minutes separating them. Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) looks set to take third place on CT in Class A.
“The forecast is for the wind to be very light and swing around 360 degrees over the next 24 hours, which will be particularly challenging to the captains, navigators and all on board. Thereafter, it is due to fill in from the west and strengthen which should provide the crews with a final exhilarating sail up towards the finish line. The Race Committee is not currently considering bringing the Time Limit forward at this time from 23:00 UTC tomorrow (17 July) in view of the improving forecast. The decision will of course be kept under review ”
Sail Training International Race Director, Paul Bishop
LATEST POSITION – ON CORRECTED TIME (HANDICAP)
CLASS C & D
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 Sunderland, UK, to Esbjerg, Denmark, Stavanger, Norway, and finish in Harlingen, Netherlands.
ABOUT THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2018
Participating in The Tall Ships Races 2018 is a fantastic experience that you can take part in too! There’s zero experience necessary and there are places are available on ships across the fleet on the remaining Cruise-in-Company and Race Two legs. There’s no need to wait – just do it!