“An impressive start under ideal conditions with a NE light to moderate breeze and blue skies,” was how Race Director Paul Bishop described the start of Race One, from Constanta to Novorossiysk. “Nadezhda (Russia) made a perfect start across the line, followed closely but in a more windward position by her sister ship, Mir (Russia).
Line order for the Class A vessels was as follows:äóÂ
1st Nadezhda (Russia)
2nd Mir (Russia)
3rd Kruzenshtern (Russia)
4th Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
5th Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
6th Pogoria (Poland)
Classes B, C and D started together, in the following order:äóÂ
1st Adornate (Romania)
2nd Akela (Russia)
3rd Vityaz (Russia)
4th Atyla (Vanuatu)
You can track the ships using the Yellow Brick (YB) tracking system, a device carried by each vessel with live tracking updated every 15 minutes.
“The Race Committee would like to thank the Romanian Navy for providing the tugs and crew for the start line. We also congratulate all vessels in the Regatta for their professional conduct at the start of the race. We wish them fair winds and look forward to seeing them in Novorossiysk,” said Race Chairman Robin äóÂSnouck Hurgronje.
Pictured: Mir and Royal Helena vie for position as they cross the start line.
PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world’s leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.
The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot has the ability to meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.
The Group is the title sponsor of SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016. Previously it was also the title sponsor of the similar event held in 2014, as well as a presenting partner of the Tall Ships Races 2009.