Race Two got off to an exciting start at 0600 UTC today (25 July) as the Tall Ships and Small Ships began the final leg south to Aalborg, Denmark. Varying weather conditions led to changes to the race course in order to give the fleet the best chance of completing the race within the set timeframes.
Race Director (Bergen to Aarhus) Ben Stuart, gave the following insight into the reasons behind the course changes and details of how the race is progressing in its early stages.
“During a very successful event in Bergen, the Race Committee had regular meetings to analyse updates to the forecasted weather, decide the best way of managing the race and whether there were any adjustments necessary to the race course.
“During these meetings, it was decided to bring the race start 40 miles down the course to allow vessels to exit from the Bergen fjords via the southern route.
“This had two benefits; it meant that smaller vessels had less time at sea in what was predicted to be rough weather and it also gave them a fair chance of reaching the finishing line within the predicted time.
“The start gate was opened by Race Control onboard Cisne Branco (Brazil) at 0600 UTC. The Class C/D ships showed the greatest intent with the first vessel to cross the line being one of the smallest in the fleet, Koalicja (Poland). The larger vessels were led by Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) who crossed the line at 0606 UTC.
“Due to the southerly winds, vessels are looking at a South to South East course direction .
“As the vessels settle into the race, the Race Committee held their first meeting to look at the weather further down the track and I’m pleased to say that it is looking good for a competitive race. We expect winds to pick up towards the southern end of Norway and there are good winds predicted all the way through to Sunday.”
The Tall Ships Races Race Director (Bergen to Aarhus) Ben Stuart
Dar Szczecina (Poland)
Challenge Wales (UK)