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Race Report 1: Racing Toward Sochi

Posted on: 20.09.16

Due to technical problems with the YB tracking system, a full race report is not possible this morning. YB has been temporarily suspended until the issue is corrected, hopefully later today.

Placings below are provisional and based on overall positions rather than in class, at 05:00 UTC.

  1. Akela (Russia)
  2. Adornate (Romania)
  3. Mir (Russia)
  4. Nadezhda (Russia)
  5. Viking (Russia)
  6. Pogoria (Poland)
  7. Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
  8. Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
  9. Super Good (Russia)

Here’s an update on the rest of the fleet:

  • Kruzenshtern (Russia) – presumed retired
  • Arial (Russia) – cruising not racing
  • Atyla (Vanuatu) – no report
  • Hispaniola (Russia) – did not start
  • Khersones (Russia) – retired

By the time they reach Sochi, all crews will be very proficient in tacking, as much will have been required during this race, especially in the early stages.

Akela, winner of Race One, is clearly hoping for a repeat placing in Race Two, and as previously, will benefit from her size and weight in the unfavourable winds. The larger, heavier ships with many more sails will have been slowed in comparison, and their sailing masters will be using all their knowledge and skills to make progress.

Most of the fleet are expected to arrive into Sochi early on Wednesday (21 September).

Photo: Akela crossing the start line.

About Sovcomflot

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.