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The Opening Ceremony in Sochi

SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 Sochi: The Fleet Makes a Grand Entrance

September 21, 2016

The international fleet of Tall and Small Ships has

arrived in Russia’ largest resort city Sochi – the third and

penultimate port of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016.

After

the early thunderstorms cleared, festivities kicked off in the port

earlier today (Wednesday 21 September)äó_ which has welcomed trainees,

cadets, crew members and visitors with open arms and spirited

celebrations.

The vessels have just completed Race 2 of the SCF

Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 from Novorossisyk to Sochi, and they

represent five different flag states – Bulgaria, Russia, Romania,

Poland, and Vanuatu. We’re expecting 1,000 trainees and professional

crew members to join in the festivities.

Akela

(Russia) arrived in Sochi first overnight last night, fresh from her

first place finish in Race 1. She was then followed by the rest of the

fleet, which moored up alongside in Sochi Grand Marina.

Race Results

We’re currently waiting for confirmation of the results of Race 2, which we’ll post later today. Keep checking back.

Welcome to Sochi

The

atmosphere in Sochi is electricäó_ and not just because of the storms.

The city is pulsing with a feeling of excitement and anticipation, ahead

of the next four days which are packed full of activities and events.

This

is only the second time that the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta has

taken place (the last time was in 2014). And, it’ the first time that

ships have raced between two Russian ports (Novorossisyk and Sochi)äó_ so

we’re expecting something pretty special.

The event coincides with

celebrations for the Diamond Anniversary of the first Tall Ships Race

in 1956 – Soviet and Russian Tall Ships have been participating since

1978. But that isn’t the only anniversaryäó_ Nadezhda (Russia) is celebrating her 25th anniversary and Kruzenshtern (Russia) is proud to commemorate her 90th!

Opening Ceremony

The

port opened its gates to the public earlier today, ahead of the

official Opening Ceremony at 13:00. A brass band provided a rousing

ceremonial introduction to the speakers: the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoliy

Pakhomov, STI Race Chairman, Robin Snouck Hurgronje, and Executive

Vice-President of PAO Sovcomflot, Technical Director of SCF Group, Igor

Tonkovidov. The ceremony provided a warm welcome to this beautiful city

for the trainees, cadets, crews and spectators and kicked the event off

in style.

äóìToday, we are back in Sochi with the Tall

Ships fleet. Why are we coming back? The answer to this question is very

simple. We know that the people in Sochi love the sea, love sailing

ships, and love people.

äóìWe have been organising the Tall Ships

Races and Regattas for 60 years. And why do we do this? Because we want

to bring, especially, young people together on board sailing ships

because we strongly believe that this experience will make them better

people.äó

äóìWe also want to bring people together from different

countries, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds.

Amongst the ships in the Tall Ships fleet, we have ships from Poland,

Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, and Russia here today. On board, there are

crew members from 15 different nations. And this is how we bring out

message of international friendship and mutual understanding.äó

äóìOn

behalf of Sail Training International and the captains and crews of all

the Tall Ships, I would like to thank the Mayor of Sochi for the great

hospitality and the great contribution to the eventäó_ Mr Anatoliy

Pakhomov.äó

Robin Snouck Hurgro

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