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Race One of The Tall Ships Races 2019 is a four-day passage across the Skagerrak from Denmark to Norway and will be an exhilarating and unforgettable sailing experience. The use of waypoints  will create an exciting course with vessels often in sight of each other, which has proved popular in the past.

There’s over 60 vessels taking part in the first race of the series from 19 different nations around the world. In total, there will be over 2500 crew members on board the Tall Ships and Small Ships fighting for the honour of being crowned winners.

Race One Vessels

The expected light and variable winds have ultimately had an impact on Race One of the Tall Ships Races 2019 with the Race Committee announcing a Finish at Sea. The extent of the weather conditions varying have made for a challenging race across the fleet and given all the trainees and crews a voyage to remember. With a revised finish deadline of 0800 UTC today (10 July), the fleet have already begun to make their way into the port of Fredrikstad where focus will turn to the Host Port programme and final results on corrected time.

Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop provided an insight into the Finish at Sea announcement and explained how the weather conditions had affected Race one:

“The Race Committee brought the time limit forward to 0800 UTC in view of the light and variable winds that have prevailed since the start of the race on Sunday (7 July).

“Around 20 vessels managed to cross the finish line before the revised time limit. All other vessels will pass their position at this time to Race Control so that the Race Committee will be able use their unique Finish at Sea routine to calculate the provisional results. The Race Committee expects that the final results will be published tomorrow morning once the final few vessels have handed over their formal race declaration forms.

“The constantly changing winds have meant that the crews and young trainees have had to work hard tacking and manoeuvring their vessels throughout 250 miles of sailing over the past few days. There have been times when their vessels have been almost becalmed. When the winds have filled in, there has been some very close racing with only minutes separating some vessels on occasions. The leaderboard has been changing each hour since the start which has made it a very exciting.

“Well done to all crews who have completed such a challenging race!”
The Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop

Provisional Results – (Subject to change)

Class A

Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)
Oosterschelde (Netherlands)

Class B

Christiania (Norway)
Maybe (UK)
Gratitude (Sweden)

Class C/D

Koalicja (Poland)
Dar Szczecina (Poland)
Tuulelind (Estonia)

Challenging wind conditions have produced more exciting racing throughout the Tall Ships fleet with closely fought battles throughout the different classes. Oosterschelde (Netherlands) currently leads in Class A, with Maybe (UK) heading up the Class B fleet while the Class C/D’s are led by Koalicja (Poland).

Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop gave the following update.

Oosterschelde (Netherlands) remains in first place on the leader board, on corrected time, but Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway), Eendracht (Netherlands) and Christian Radich (Norway) are all within close range and anyone of them could take the top position in their class before the finish.

“Meanwhile In the middle of the Class A fleet, Alexander Von Humboldt II (Germany) and Shabab Oman II (Oman) are catching Sorlandet (Norway) and can see both their placings come up through the Class A Fleet before the finish.

Maybe (UK) is in top position in Class B but only minutes separate her from Christiania (Norway) and Gratitude (Sweden) so constant changes are expected over the course of the day.

“There is very tight racing too in Class C/D between Koalicja (Poland) Tuulelind (Estonia) and Dar Szczecina (Poland) on corrected time with Tuulelind at the head of the fleet on the water. She is expected to cross the finish within the next couple of hours to take line honours.

“The wind is forecast to fill in from the west which will help all those vessels that have rounded Waypoint One whilst leaving the back markers at a disadvantage.

“The light and variable head winds which have created some challenging racing have meant slow progress during the race. The Race Committee will therefore be meeting this afternoon to decide whether the time deadline (originally 23:00 UTC Wednesday 10th July) will need to be brought forward by some hours in order to ensure that all vessels will be able to arrive at Fredrikstad by Thursday morning when the exciting port programme is due to commence.

“Meanwhile the sun is shining on the race course and here in Fredrikstad where the fleet are sure to see a warm welcome…”
The Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop

Class A

Oosterschelde (Netherlands)
Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)
Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)

Class B

Maybe (UK)
Christiania (Norway)
Gratitude (Sweden)

Class C/D

Koalicja (Poland)
Tuulelind (Estonia)
Dar Szczenia (Poland)

The frantic action continued overnight with the Estonian vessel Tuulelind continuing her strong performance and taking the lead on the water. Helena (Finland) and Esprit (Germany) are in pursuit but Dar Szczecina (Poland) has not been able to continue at the the front of the pack.

For the Class A’s, Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) has continued her strong performance and Oosterschelde (Germany) and Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) have reignited their long standing rivalry as they battle for fourth place.

Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop gave the following insight into the progress of the fleet.

“The light and variable north westerly breezes that have prevailed since the start of the race yesterday afternoon have suited the modern smaller vessels and Tuulelind (Estonia) will shortly be the first to round Waypoint One (WP1) in the west of the Skagerrak. Helena (Finland) and Esprit (Germany) are fighting for the second place rounding close behind.

Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) has held on to her narrow lead in Class A with Eendracht (Netherlands) closing in on her stern. Will Chopin hold her off? Christian Radich (Norway) has moved up through the fleet into third on corrected time in Class A just ahead of Oosterschelde (Netherlands) and her arch rival Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway).

“The wind has increased and backed to the west which is spreading out the fleet as they break tacks and choose different tactics as they claw towards WP1. The young trainees will have found their ’sea legs’ now after 24 hours at sea and the team work on the ships will be starting to gel as they put in their numerous tacks and manoeuvres necessary in these testing conditions.”

The Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop

Blue skies and breaking clouds accompanied the Tall Ships fleet as they began Race One of the 2019 series. The Polish vessels made good use of the weather conditions with Fryderyk Chopin leading the Class A’s and Dar Szczecina battling out for the overall lead on the water.

“Race One got off to a good start with a favourable light North East wind taking the fleet through the start gate north of Skagen this afternoon.

Dar Szczecina (Poland) and Helena (Finland) sailed out in front of the fleet and have kept their lead on the water with Tuulelind (Estonia) catching up fast.

Fryderyk Chopin (Poland) has taken an early lead at the front of the Class A fleet and has positioned herself well north of the straight line course to take advantage of the expected change in wind direction. Eendracht (Netherlands) and Oosterschelde (Netherlands) are just a few miles astern with Christian Radich (Norway) and Cisne Branco (Brazil) also sailing well very closely behind.

“The forecast over the next couple of days is for very changeable light to moderate winds which will mean continuous sail handling for the crews and complex race strategies for the captains and navigators. Expect many changes and surprises over the next 48 hours!”

The Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Director (Aalborg to Fredrikstad) Paul Bishop