This year’s regatta is under way

Over 50 tall ships are now underway in the first regatta of this year’s summer Tall Ships Races.

The start signal was given south of Trelleborg, on the Swedish south coast, on Tuesday afternoon, 4 July. The ships have nine days to sail the stages 485 nautical miles (close to 900 kilometres) to the finish line at Kotka, on the far east end of the Gulf of Finland – and it’s all about getting to the finish line first!

The first part of the sailing is likely to be rather ‘fresh’:

“The organiser, Sail Training International, reports low pressure with rain and winds from fresh to strong breeze from the southwest for the next few days,” says Stavanger’s Project Manager, Knud Helge Robberstad.

This summer’s Tall Ships Races started with a festival in the Swedish city of Halmstad on Friday 30 June. The final regatta ends in the Polish city of Szczecin on Tuesday 8 August. The ships will sail three regatta stages and one cruise-in-company in the Baltic Sea. Most of the ships will participate in all the stages.

The tall ships compete in four classes, the A-Class being for the largest ships. Approximately half of the crews on each individual ship are between 15 to 25 years of age. The Norwegian ships participating this year are: Staatsraad Lehmkuhl and the full-rigged Sørlandet (both A-Class). In 2016, the “Statsraaden” was the overall winner of the Tall Ships Races series, and is a clear favourite for this year’s sailing regattas.

Follow the sails ships during The Tall Ships Races 2017