The fleet of The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 said farewell to Blyth, Northumberland today with a sunlit Parade of Sail seen by thousands of onlookers lining the quayside and nearby beaches wishing the fleet well in the race to Gothenburg, Sweden.
As many of the trainees on board experienced sailing for the first time, they were making the most of the opportunity to prepare themselves for the race start just five miles off the coast in order to begin the passage across the North Sea.
Blyth has provided both its visitors and vessel crews with a weekend to remember, treating them to epic firework displays, a crew parade supported by the local community and an array of cultural entertainment set against a wonderful Northumberland back drop. A truly fitting event setting for the international fleet.
Follow the Fleet live with YB (Yellow Brick Tracking)
Sail Training International uses the Yellow Brick (YB) satellite tracking system to follow the vessels taking part in the race. It allows you to track a vessel’s position from anywhere on earth.
What is it? YB is a rugged and fully self-contained battery operated tracker given to every vessel, which works anywhere and in any condition. Every Tall Ship and Small Ship that takes part in a Race or Regatta uses one.
By following the links provided on the Sail On Board home and event pages you can follow the progress of the fleet. You can also download the YB app for your phone, for free. Both platforms provide you with a full fleet leader board that can be accessed through the left hand side of the satellite display. Once opened, the leader board can also be separated into ship classes for more detailed race tracking.
The destination for the Regatta fleet is the Scandinavian city of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Gothenburg (also known as Göteborg) is a chilled, cosmopolitan port on the west coast of Sweden. It’s the country’s second-largest city, and it’s garnered a well-earned reputation for its highly proactive environmental work. Gothenburg can boast a long relationship with the Tall Ships Races – it welcomes the fleet for the fifth time since 1968.
The port is nestled within the unique Kattegat – a beautiful body of water that’s shaped by the Jutlandic Peninsula and the Straits of Denmark. The city will begin receiving vessels from Thursday 1 September with an arrival deadline of 12pm Saturday 3 September. Visitors will be able enjoy all the event has to offer from Saturday 3 to Tuesday 6 September for what promises to be yet another spectacular Tall Ships event.
News from behind the sails: Hoorah for the Volunteers
Sail Training International travels to ports all over Europe and has rated the volunteers in Blyth as some of the best they have ever seen.
At a special thank you party when the fleet had left, James Stevens, Race Chairman congratulated everyone.
“You have clearly been well briefed, friendly, efficient, positive and incredibly hard working.
“We’ve been talking to lots of you over the last few days and we’ve heard about the long hours you have put in, the extra personal efforts you have made, and the many, many miles many of you have walked.
“The ships, trainees and the visiting public have all said to us that you have all been amazing.
“And that’s the thing – people think this event is about the ships – but you have been the public face of this event.
“You have been great ambassadors not just for Blyth, but also Northumberland and given the event its heart.
“You should be very proud of what you have achieved and your contribution to the outstanding success of this event.”