Race Three of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta got
underway at 16:00 (local) today (Sunday 25 September). Wind conditions
were light and variable, making the race start challenging and exciting.
race start conditions made it difficult for captains, and for the Race
Committee to establish a sensible race start line. Nevertheless, the
race started successfully and the fleet is now on its way to the final
port of this Regatta.
The start line was easily viable from shore,
which will have delighted the many people who turned out to watch.
Making a remarkable start, the first vessel over the line was Royal Helena (Bulgaria), followed by Russian ships Kruzenshtern and then Mir. For the Class Bs and Cs, Akela (Russia) was first across the line in light winds.
wind started from the south-east, came right around to the north, and
then back to the south-east in the course of two hours. Class A ships
lined up to be well-positioned for a good start, before the wind went
very light, some 30 minutes before the start. The Class A fleet all
started closely together, making a glorious sight, with the sun shining
on their sails and a backdrop of black storm clouds.äó
äóìRoyal Helena had a good start, but once over the line Mir
closed in on her and with her much larger sail area, blanketed Royal
Helena’ wind, leaving it difficult her to manoeuvre. In this close
group, Nadezhda then closed in on both Royal Helena and Pogoria,
which resulted in both captains deciding to put on the engines for a
number of minutes to ensure safety at the start. That was approved by
the Race Committee and allowed under the racing rules, which are there
to ensure safety and good seamanship. The Race Committee will look at
this particular scenario to decide whether they will add any time or
deem it an unfair advantage. äóì
Paul Bishop, Sail Training International Race Director.
äóìIt was a slow start for what will hopefully be a spectacular race. We hope for fair winds and good sailing conditions.äó
Robin Snouk Hurgronje, Sail Training International Race Chairman.
Kaliakra, Pogoria and Mir crossing the start line.
Class As crossed in the following order:
- Royal Helena (Bulgaria), closely followed by Khersones (Russia), who isn’t racing.
- Kruzenshtern (Russia)
- Mir (Russia)
- Pogoria (Poland)
- Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
- Nadezhda (Russia)
Line order for the combined Class B/C vessels: