As organisers of the SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta 2020, Tall Ships Races International Ltd, a subsidiary of Sail Training International, Sovcomflot and our Host Port partners are committed to providing safe events for trainees, staff, volunteers, vessel operators, partners and visitors alike.
Following extensive discussions with the event sponsor, PAO Sovcomflot, our Host Port partners, vessel operators and all relevant bodies over the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone regatta from 2020 until 2021.
The finale of the Regatta will once again coincide with the Eastern Economic Forum, to be held in Vladivostok in September 2021 following its postponement in 2020.
We are grateful to all parties for their hard work in ensuring that SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta 2020 can be delivered safely for organisers and staff, crews and visitors alike. Without their considerable efforts, we would be unable to deliver the world famous Tall Ships Races and Regattas in the way that we do.
“We are saddened to announce the decision to postpone SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta 2020, but the safety of visitors, participants and everyone involved in organising the regatta remains our paramount concern at all times.
“We are thankful to Sovcomflot and all other parties for the tireless work they have already put into preparations for this regatta. Without the support of our sponsors, Host Ports, the Tall Ships fleet, trainees and the efforts of volunteers, it would be impossible to stage our amazing events in the way that we do.
“We very much look forward to returning to Vladivostok in 2021.”
Gwyn Brown, CEO, Tall Ships Races International Ltd
The Tall Ships Races & Regattas and Sovcomflot
Since partnering in 2014, Sail Training International and Sovcomflot have brought the Tall Ships Fleet to new destinations and entertained millions of spectators around the world. In 2014 and 2016, over 30 of the world famous Tall Ships raced through the Black Sea in two iconic regattas that visited Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.
2018 saw the Tall Ships fleet sailing to the Pacific Rim for a truly unique race from Yeosu, South Korea, to Vladivostok, Russia. This marked the first race between the southern Korean Peninsula and the eastern coast of Russia and the fleet were joined by a special flotilla of yachts from the world famous Chinese Qingdao International Yacht Club.
The port city of Yeosu is located in the south of South Korea, on its East China Sea coast. The Tall Ships fleet will visit the bustling maritime city for the second time during the SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta 2020.
Nanao is the largest city located on the southeastern coast of Japan’s Noto Peninsula. The SCF White Sails of Peace Tall Ships Regatta 2020 will mark the first time the international Tall Ships fleet has visited this rural beauty.
Known and prized as a vital commercial and naval sea area, Vladivostok is the unofficial capital of the Russian Far East and the largest Russian port in the Far East. The city is surrounded by the Amursky Gulf, the Ussuriysky Gulf and the Golden Horn Bay, which provide a gorgeous natural setting for the Regatta.
The Eastern Economic Forum
The Eastern Economic Forum serves as a platform for the discussion of key issues in the world economy, regional integration, and the development of new industrial and technological sectors, as well as of the global challenges facing Russia and other nations. Each year, the event attracts more than 3,000 officials, experts and journalists from up to 50 countries.
“Over the last four years, the Eastern Economic Forum has become the biggest international platform for discussing the strategy for developing political, economic and cultural ties between Russia and Asia Pacific.”
Yury Petrovich Trutnev,
Deputy Prime Minister Of Russia And Presidential Envoy To The Far Eastern Federal District
Sovcomflot (SCF) is Russia’s largest shipping company and one of the global leaders in marine transportation of hydrocarbons (crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied gas) and in transporting servicing oil and gas projects on the continental shelf, including offshore seismic exploration.
SCF has147 vessels, with a total deadweight of 12.724 million tonnes. The company participates in the largest energy projects in Russia and abroad: Sakhalin-1, Sakhalin-2, Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, Novy Port, Yamal LNG and Tangguh (Indonesia). SCF is also the leading ice-class fleet operator; at the end of the year the SCF ice-class fleet will comprise of 78 vessels.
Every day SCF Group vessels arrive at more than 100 ports on five continents. The offices are located in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novorossiysk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Dubai and Limassol. The Group’s total staff number is over 7,800. Sovcomflot is one of the leading and most stable employers in the cities located at the seaside in North-West, South and Far East of Russia.