Provisional results of the third and final race of the SCF Black Sea Regatta are now available. Due to the light headwinds hampering progress the race time limit was brought forward to 05:00 UTC (08:00 local) today (Wednesday 28 September) in order that the fleet will be able to motorsail into Varna (Bulgaria) in time for the start of the celebrations, with the official opening ceremony taking place on Saturday 1 October at 13:00hrs (local).
Sail Training International has a unique system for such race finishes, which enables all non-retired ships in the racing fleet to obtain a placing, based on their exact position at the time limit.
Russian Bermudan sloop Akela has achieved line honours for a third time in the Regatta, on this occasion being closest to the finish line at the time limit. Romanian staysail schooner Adornate finished an excellent second overall, with their bold strategy to sail south from Sochi paying off. Another notable result is Russian ship Nadezhda, (pictured approaching the start line off Sochi) who finished second in Class A with her revised rig and TCF (time correction factor) following damage sustained to her foremast in Race Two (Novorossiysk to Sochi).
Who Finished Where?
The provisional results follow and are subject to change. They remain provisional until all ships are in port and have handed in their declaration forms which are then inspected by the Race Committee.
- Mir (Russia)
- Nadezhda (Russia)
- Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
- Pogoria (Poland)
- Kruzenshtern (Russia)
- Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
Atyla (Vanuatu) has retired.
Arial (Russia) is accompanying the fleet but not racing.
Sail Training International Race Chairman Robin Snouck Hurgronje said “We had hoped and expected for another good long race and we regret very much having to bring the time limit forward. Unfortunately, the wind is beyond our control! However, we very much look forward to greeting the ships as they arrive into Varna on Friday and Saturday, where a very warm welcome is guaranteed.”
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.