Mid-afternoon today (Thursday) the final ship to arrive
in Sochi made an amazing entrance. After travelling over 10,000 miles to
join the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, her top foremast was
damaged in a storm during Race Two. While the rest of the fleet arrived
in port yesterday, Nadezhda, the three-masted Russian ship, went to a nearby port for inspection and repair.
removed the top section of her foremast she was fit to re-join the
Regatta fleet and gracefully entered the port, with cadets aloft on the
yards. Greeted by horns from the ships and cheers from the crowds, she
made her way in, in pouring rain and with the grey skies and seas, which
made for an ethereal arrival.
The cadets on board have obviously
been spending their time learning dance moves, as no sooner had they
climbed down from the masts, they lined up along the main deck and broke
into a well-rehearsed routine to äóìHit the Road Jackäó and äóìCake by the
Ocean.äó We hope to see that again sometime, in either Sochi or Varna!
to sail again after damage to her fore topmast due to rigging failure
during Race Two, Novorossiysk to Sochi. We are delighted that she will
continue racing to Varna, where she is guaranteed an extra special
welcome,äó said Race Director Paul Bishop.
With the aid of a tug, Nadezhda
gradually took her place along the quayside, behind her sister ships
Mir and Khersones. It is a rare sight to have the three sisters, side by
Despite heavy rain for much of the day, a constant flow of
visitors have kept on coming to see the ships. Meanwhile many of the
trainees enjoyed a visit Sochi park, the 2014 Winter Olympic stadium.
The weather is due to clear tomorrow, in time for the start of the
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 and 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.