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)
Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)
Dar Szczecina (Poland)