The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 drew to a
close today (Tuesday 4 October) with a weather-delayed Parade of Sail
along the coast of Varna. Heavy on-shore winds meant that many of the
ships required assistance by tugs to take them off the quay.
the weather, many people turned out to see them leave, most on the sea
walls and beaches, but some on the water in local yachts and pleasure
craft. The procession of ships each passed a saluting vessel, before
heading off to their next destination. Some have only short passages to
make, others will be sailing hundreds of miles. Amid the dark and stormy
skies, the sun broke through dramatically just as Mir (Russia), winner of Class A in all three races, approached the saluting vessel.
is now time to reflect on the events of the last four weeks. The
experience of the four host ports, all so different and all managed by
hard working teams of professionals with an army of volunteers, without
which, these events could not run.
Hot, sunny weather, torrential rain and thunder storms, light winds, heavy winds, no winds, we had everything!
ships, of course, again all so different but all with the sail training
spirit at their heart. The trainees and crews have had incredible, and
in some cases life changing, experiences they will never forget. And so
have the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the ports, who have walked
around the decks, taken selfies at the wheel, rung the ships’ bells,
and perhaps gone away inspired to try a voyage themselves.
A final word from Race Chairman Robin Snouck Hurgronje:
want to thank all the ships for their contribution to the Regatta. They
were the beating heart of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016.
Fair winds and following seas!”
So Why Does Sail Training International Run These Events?
has as its mission, the development and education of young people
through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality,
culture, religion, gender, or social background. We asked some trainees
and crew members on each ship how they feel about their time on board,
about leaving at the end of the Regatta, and how this experience has
affected their lives. This is what they told us:
Niki, 19, trainee:
go back to school tomorrow. I can’t wait to tell my schoolmates about
the Regatta. I’m very happy that I was able to take part for the second
time, after Black Sea Tall Ships 2014.
It’s much more interesting
here, in a working environment one can really learn. I prefer this way
of studying. There is good team work and mutual understanding, if you
need there is always someone to show you and tell you how things should
be done. It is great place to have your training.”
Ioana, 21 years old, trainee
was a great experience with great people! At first time I wasn’t really
sure if I wanted to go on that trip but now I really don’t want it to
Dimitrii, 21, crew member:
really glad to have participated in Tall Ships, it was very unusual
experience. We had such strong pressure in the sails and it took courage
and strength but we managed to win and I feel very proud and satisfied
to have been part of the crew.
This voyage has changed my entire
mindset. It gave me a lot of sailing experience, but als