Today (Saturday 24 September), there was a welcome break from the stormy weather in Sochi – the third port of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016. This gave cadets, trainees and crew members the chance to take part in the Crew Parade and then celebrate at the prestigious Prize-Giving Ceremony, which included a visit from a very special guest. Which ships took home the prizes? Keep reading to find out…
The event has been a huge success in Sochi. We’ve seen highly competitive inter-ship sports activities, spectacular fireworks, and several exciting excursions… not to mention the large number of visitors that came to visit the impressive fleet.
Although today is the last full day in port, the festivities aren’t quite finished yet! We’re looking forward to the Parade of Sail tomorrow (Sunday 25 September), ahead of the start of Race 3 to Varna, Bulgaria.
Promoting International Friendship
In the spirit of global friendship and understanding, we took the opportunity to meet international trainees yesterday (Friday 23 September). At the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 in Sochi, we’re proud to confirm that trainees, cadets and crew members from 18 different countries have taken part (Romania, Russia, Belarus, Spain, Finland, France, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Uruguay, Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan).
The Crew Parade
Earlier today, the parade made its way through the city toward the stage in the Marine Village, entertaining the spectators that had gathered to watch the procession.
The Prize-Giving Ceremony
Following the Crew Parade, the Prize-Giving Ceremony took place. The crews were hugely excited to welcome President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, on stage to present the award for 1st in Class A on corrected time.
Here are the award winners from the Prize-Giving Ceremony:
Maximum speed recorded on a YB Tracker:
Mir (Russia), 9.2 knots.
Furthest vessel from their home port:
Most international crew:
Development of sailing activities and sport in the Black Sea:
Development of Sail Training in the Black Sea:
Most sporting crew:
Gazprom Neft Trophy (for friendship, sportsmanship and seafaring):
Best dressed in Crew Parade (Class B/C/D):
Best dressed in Crew Parade (Class A):
3rd in Class B/C/D on corrected time:
2nd in Class B/C/D on corrected time:
1st in Class B/C/D on corrected time:
3rd Class A on corrected time:
2nd Class A on corrected time:
1st Class A on corrected time:
Race Communications Award:
First Vessel Overall (on corrected time):
Akela (Russia), 1 day, 6 minutes, 43 seconds
Although the ships have looked spectacular lining the quaysides in Sochi, they were built to go to sea, and tomorrow they will head out on the next and final part of their journey, the 500 nm race to Varna (Bulgaria). Undocking will begin at 06.30hrs with the Parade of Sail commencing at 12.00hrs sailing northwards along the Sochi coast. The Race Start will take place at 16.00hrs, 4 miles from port.
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.
Photo: The crew of Atyla during the Crew Parade.