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Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Race 1, Report 6: Closing in Toward the Finish Line

Posted on: 24.04.17

Peter von Danzig (Germany) edges back ahead to gain a two-mile lead over Rona II (UK) at the front of the fleet, as the British vessel sails further offshore to try to place herself in a stronger tactical position in the final stages of Race 1…

If the weather forecast holds true, then the 20-metre British ketch should be able to take advantage of the stronger winds and faster sailing angle over her German rival as they close the finish line, which is around 100 miles away. These two vessels could arrive into Sines, Portugal, early tomorrow (Tuesday 25 April) morning.

Wylde Swan (The Netherlands) is leading the Class A and B fleet, just 15 miles behind the potentially much faster modern yachts. Fifty miles behind her is the Class B pilot cutter Jolie Brise (UK), which is trying to hold off the French naval yacht Hosanna, although the gap is closing in the light winds.

We’re looking forward to an exciting finish as vessels approach the line in Sines, Portugal.

Positions and Placings

The fleet continues to enjoy favourable winds, and all vessels have achieved respectable distances in the past 24 hours:

Latest standing on Corrected Time (Handicap):

  1. Jolie Brise (UK)
  2. Hosanna (France)
  3. Wylde Swan (The Netherlands)
  4. Christian Radich (Norway)
  5. Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal)
  6. Rona II (UK)
  7. Peter von Danzig (Gremany)
  8. Etoile (France), retired
  9. Vera Cruz (Spain), retired

Note: Positions and placings are correct at time of writing. Check out YB Satellite Tracking for the latest information.


Watch the action as it happens and follow the fleet’s progress using YB Satellite Tracking.


You can still be part of this adventure of a lifetime. Berths are available for Race 2 (from Sines to Bermuda) onwards. A limited number of bursaries are available for the Sines to Bermuda leg – with no age restrictions! Find out how to apply here.

Photo: Rona II (UK), courtesy of Richard Sibley (featured image and banner image).